This is a thread to discuss teams that could have been great in WCs but never got a chance to compete because of the WC being canceled (Argentina sides of the 40s), countries choosing not to attend (England in the 30s), or teams that were incomplete due to countries policies on players moving abroad for club football (Sweden 1950). Off the top of my head the big ones are: England: 1930, 1934, 1938, 1942, 1946. All these teams would have had a great chance to win, the Arsenal centric teams of the 30s the beat Italy post WC 34, and especially the teams from the time of the war that would have featured prime Matthews, Lawton, Mercer, and Carter. Scotland: 1930. This would have caught the tail end of their golden generation of attackers: Alex James, Alex Jackson, Hugh Gallacher, Jimmy McGrory, and Alan Morton etc. Austria 1938. Sindelar could have had another shot at the title with a slightly different but still strong supporting cast. Hungary 1946 and 1950: It would have been great to see what an all time enigma like Deak could have done joined by a young Puskas and an experienced Zsengeller. It also would have been very interesting to see Kubala integrated into 1950 or 1954 teams. 1950 could have really been great with Deak, Puskas, and Kubala as an inside trio, wow. Argentina 1934, 1938, 1942, 1946, 1950, 1958. It would have been great to see the same team that one 1957 Copa America go to the 1958 WC, but the amazing young attacking trio was split up after only one tournament together. Argentina dominated the 1940s Copa America's when the competition was at its Zenith. They would have likely been favorites in 1938, 1942, 1946 and possibly even 1950. Uruguay 1938 ,1942. They had a great team around this time based off the great Nacional club side that won 5 straight titles in the late 30s and early 40s. They had some great players and were the only team to beat Argentina in a CA during their heyday (CA 1942). Sweden 1950 and 1954. it would have been amazing to add the Milan trio (and Skoglund in 54) back into the mix in the prime of their careers. They could have been great. As was flashed in the Olympics and late in their career at WC 58. It would be interesting to look at things on a WC by WC basis to see how things could have been different if all tournaments were fully attended by all teams and all players. 1930 This was a serious two horse race with Argentina and Uruguay as the only two competitive teams. Both of those sides brought their best squads and probably would have been contenders no matter who attended but there would have been a number of other teams that may have been able to match them. If Argentina were able to add Orsi, who had been their best player in the 1928 Olympics, back into the team they could have been even more potent. The same goes for Julio Libonatti, an Argentinian who was one of Italy's top strikers around 1930. Both of these players would represent transfers of power from Italy to Argentina. Other strong teams that did not participate: Italy: They won the 1927-1930 Central European Cup by a close margin, they had finished the tournament strong crushing Hungary 5-0 in 1930. Meazza was their emerging star bu they would be weakened by the aforementioned losses of players back to Argentina. Some other top players would have been Gino Rossetti, Gianpiero Combi, Attilio Ferraris, Raffaele Costantino, Eraldo Monzeglio, Angelo Schiavio. Would have been a solid team but might have been reliant on Meazza with the loses of Orsi and Libonatti. Hungary: Were an inconsistent teams with lots of attacking potential and would have been led by the great Jozsef Takas who had never gotten a chance to play in the world cup. Austria: They were emerging as a very strong team and many of the Wunderteam stars were already fully integrated and playing well (Matthias Sindelar , Johann Horvath, Ignaz Siegl, Friedrich Gschweidl, Josef Smistik, Franz Weselik, Anton Schall). Huge attacking potential. Their club teams were already beginning to dominate Mitropa Cup at this time. Czechs: Would have been a solid team with a still very effective Kada Pesek getting his only chance at the World Cup (Even though he was nearing the end of his career he had just put in an excellent performance at 1930 Mitropa Cup). He would have been joined by Josef Košťálek, Frantisek Planicka, Antonín Puč, and František Svoboda among others. Spain: Solid team with some of the veterans who played in 1934 closer to their primes. Belguim: Decent team with Raymound Braine now in his prime. England would have been a major contender with players like Dixie Dean, David Jack, George Camsell, and Sammy Crooks, and Eddie Hapgood all available. Scottland would have been a powerhouse as well with golden generation of attacking names like Alex James, Alex Jackson, Hugh Gallacher, Jimmy McGrory, and Alan Morton all available. Anyone have thoughts on who would have been the favorites for a true 1930 world cup. For me Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Austria, England, and Scotland all look very strong. Are their any friendly results from around this time that might shed light on the issue? I will continue through the other world cups to to get a look at others great teams that never got a chance to play.