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The Biggest Names That Will Miss The Next World Cup

On Monday night, Italy became another big nation that will miss out on playing in next year's FIFA World Cup, and their failure to qualify sees them add to the list of big names who won't play in the tournament. Can you think of any?

The Azzurri's 1-0 aggregate loss to Sweden means that Gianluigi Buffon was denied a sixth straight World Cup appearance, something most of the footballing world feels deeply sad about.

However, he is not the only big name to miss the competition – Arjen Robben also fits into that category after Holland failed to qualify for their second consecutive major tournament in two years, the first being Euro 2016.

In addition, Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez of Chile will also miss out on the showpiece after suffering an elimination at the hands of Brazil, while Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic won't be able to showcase his skills for the USA in Russia.

Eager to see some of the biggest names that won't feature at the 2018 World Cup? Browse the gallery above!

Which name are you most sad to not see in the next FIFA World Cup? 

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Pokorie Joined: 24 Aug 2013
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Pokorie Nov 15, 2017 01:31 PM
Eish King Khune wont be there.
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Pasodoble Joined: 11 Jan 2013
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Pasodoble Nov 15, 2017 12:26 PM
@Carder305 I support football first, then Chiefs. when we look at football, there are great players like Buffon and Sanchez who breathe are not in the same league as Khune, literally, players who are worth watching at world cup. then looking at chiefs and south African context, there are great players who I like to see play everyweekend, players like Khune and Kingston Nkhatha, but these are not world cup material players, okay maybe Nkhatha is, that's debatable.
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Carder305 Nov 15, 2017 11:45 AM
@Pasodoble He is the best GK in SA we all know that, simple terms, he represent South Africa! I wonder why are we so negative thou, haaaaaaaii even Chiefs supporters don't see that LOL
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wizzo Joined: 11 Aug 2017
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wizzo Nov 15, 2017 11:27 AM
Khune not a star wena cowditor
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The Ghost himself Joined: 24 Aug 2016
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The Ghost himself Nov 15, 2017 09:01 AM
Have Khune ever qualified for AFCON atleast?? This is what happens when you're a Mpanzee fan, I don't mean to disrespect you Cowdmin but Baxter was right all mpanzee fans are the same... same whatapp group, Khune is failing badly in Africa, how the hell do you campare him to Buffon, Robben, Vidal and Sanchez?? Khune have never qualified for a continental competition, but now you say he will miss the world cup TF you talking about?? The guy have never qualified for world cup and we are not surprised because we knew that he would never. The only thing I know is that he once faked an injury then after the game he was leading the celebration running like a headless donkey thinking RSA qualified but were knocked out. The only thing he is big at if faking injuries.
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Pirates_999 Joined: 08 Nov 2017
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Pirates_999 Nov 15, 2017 07:43 AM
I so wish some South Africans can stop undermining Khune, he might not be playing overseas but he is the best keeper in Africa but some fools judge him base on Bafana Bafana performance he is not the only one playing for the national. Messi n Ronaldo also failed their national teams when it comes to world cup....King_Khune16_32
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Pasodoble Joined: 11 Jan 2013
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Pasodoble Nov 15, 2017 07:40 AM
how the hell did Khune insinuate his name to this list? really? Khune in the same universe as Buffon editor?
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smo Joined: 30 Dec 2014
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smo Nov 15, 2017 12:29 AM
Robben is done ed. He has been for some town now. Buffon, m sure he wouldn't mind too much. He's old. N itu, hv no idea y he's here in this list. He ain't great..
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tinashe nengomasha Nov 14, 2017 09:55 PM
Aubemeyang
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forcabarca85 Joined: 28 Jul 2017
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forcabarca85 Nov 14, 2017 09:24 PM
You must be jocking..Khune is not big name
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Myaka weliPhefeni Joined: 14 Jul 2016
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Myaka weliPhefeni Nov 14, 2017 08:00 PM
Itu Khune,Robben,Buffon,Aubemeyang they a the best players i cld enjoying to watch them in that World cup bt its luk lyk wll be a most boring tournament next year
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Myaka weliPhefeni Nov 14, 2017 07:59 PM
Itu Khune,Robben,Buffon,Aubemeyang they a the best players i cld enjoying to watch them in that World cup bt its luk lyk wll be a most boring tournament next year

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