Best players who never played a World Cup

Discussion in 'Soccer History' started by Baron Zbimg, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. Raute

    Raute Member

    Jun 9, 2015
    SV Werder Bremen
    Ruud Geels(didn't play in 1974)
    Oswaldo Piazza
    Helmuth Duckadam
    Joao Resende Alves
    Giovane Elber
  2. Baron Zbimg

    Baron Zbimg Member

    Oct 28, 2012
    Juventus FC
    All 5 make a lot of sense. I'll probably bring the list up to 150. But I need a few more :)
  3. Perú FC

    Perú FC Member+

    Nov 16, 2007
    Lima, Perú
    #28 Perú FC, Aug 20, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2015
    Best Peruvian players who never played a World Cup IMO:
    • Teodoro "Lolo" Fernández
    • Juan Joya
    • Valeriano López
    • Juan Seminario
    • Alberto "Toto" Terry
    Guillermo Delgado and Julio Meléndez were probably the best Peruvian central defenders behind Héctor Chumpitaz. None of them played a World Cup.

    Neither Canhoteiro. Both were probably the best Brazilian left-wingers ever but when they could have played were displaced by Mário Zagallo, much less talented in individual terms.
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  4. annoyedbyneedoflogin

    Jun 11, 2012
    apparently juan RAMON veron was the best player of estudiantes lp, when they won 3 libertadores in a row.
    anibal tarabini was selected instead of him for the 1970 wc qualifiers and argentina failed to qualify.
    i thought this to be a worthwile mention.
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  5. Pipiolo

    Pipiolo Member+

    Jul 19, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    Andres D'Allesandro
    Alex de Souza
    Norberto Solano
    Roberto Palacios
    Juan Pablo Angel
  6. jefflebowski16

    Feb 9, 2005
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #31 jefflebowski16, Jul 14, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2016
    Gary Pallister
    Roy Makaay
    Alexsander Hleb
    Samir Nasri (maybe still an outside chance as he's 29 but he did retire from the French national team a couple years ago and there are no signs he will be back in the fold)
  7. victorcalello38

    Feb 28, 2017
    Montevideo Wanderers FC
  8. _Ziggy_

    _Ziggy_ New Member

    Mar 20, 2017
    Nat'l Team:
    Djalminha. He missed the 2002 World Cup because of an argument in training and ended up head-butting his then manager at La Coruna, Javier Irureta. This made Scolari give up on him and call up a young Kaka instead.
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