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Prime Ten Personalities To Ever Miss Football’s Grandest Stage.

By Max Johnson

10 David Beckham – 2010
The Earth Cup is yet to be played in South Africa but Beckham is sure to watch the game on the sidelines having injured his Achilles tendon earlier this year while playing for AC Milan.
Beckham has played the last three Planet Cups and England’s most capped player is going to be sad to miss out on a region record 4th appearance.

9 Emerson – 2002
He was Brazil’s skipper throughout the qualifying campaign from the run up to the Japan/Korea Planet Cup in 2002. He regrettably certainly not got to lift the trophy his team eventually won obtaining dislocated his shoulder in the practice match couched by Major Phil. This meant that it absolutely was Cafu and not Emerson who led the South Americans to their record fifth World Cup.

8 Santiago Canizares – 2002
This Spanish hot shot-stopper missed out the 2002 Planet Cup inside most bizarre injury incident after dropping a bottle of aftershave in his bathroom sink which, having a shard of glass, severed his large toe’s tendon. That injury ruled him out for the complete tournament, much the disbelief of his Spanish side.
The injury on the other hand served somewhat beneficial news for second fiddle keeper Iker Casillas, giving him a chance to shine with two penalty saves against the Republic of Ireland from the tournament’s 2nd round shoot-out.

7 Rene Bliard – 1958
It was Rene Bliard’s injury during training in the run up to the 1958 World Cup in Sweden that resulted in the still-to-date-running history of the most goals scored in a single World Cup by a player – Just Fontaine. Rene, the French striker was injured as his team prepared for the tournament, leaving Fontaine to take the attacking mantle for his country. The guy went on to score for fun.

6 Kenny Dalglish – 1986
‘King Kenny’ was with out a doubt Scotland’s finest player for several years as well as when he coached Liverpool as player/manager at 35 leading the Merseyside to some memorable double, Danglish was nonetheless phenomenal around the pitch. So how did the King miss out about the grandest stage of 1986? A mysterious call within the eve on the tournament from Kenny on the then manager, Sir Alex Ferguson saying he had pulled a ligament damage did it. Rumors however persist that it was the leaving out of the squad of Kenny’s very best mate Alan Hansen that produced Kenny pull out. Dalglish’s relationship with Sir Alex has since been sour.

5 Roberto Bettega – 1982
He was the talismanic, outstanding player that just about every Italian had put hopes on if they were to win the 1982 tournament. However the remarkable Juventus forward by no means made it on stage as the Azzuri lifted the title with the third time obtaining wounded his knee ligament inside a European tournament match. His nation knew it missed him. However the Italians won it nevertheless

4 Marco Van Basten – 1994
He is highly regarded in his home country of Holland and he knew how important he was to Johan Cruyff’s team for the 1994 World Cup staged in the US. But a yearlong injury meant the Dutch captain was never to play for his team, subsequently quitting the game for good the following year. He never recovered to make to the pitch.

three Romario – 1998
The Romario-Ronaldo striking force had manufactured Brazil the favorites from the operate up to France 1998. But that was prior to Coach Zagallo surprised the earth by leaving out Romario from the squad within the eve of the Show, citing a muscular pull. This infuriated the complete Brazilian nation. The forward insisted the pull was minor and that he would have recovered in time with the 2nd round games but Zagallo had none of it.

2 Alfredo di Stefano – 1962
He has the record of representing 3 distinct countries on an international game but he by no means played in the Globe Cup finals. His last attempt was in 1962 for Spain, his adopted residence land, when the Real Madrid maestro hurt a muscular tendon. This meant he would once again be a spectator on footballs grandest stage.

1 Daniel Passarella – 1986
He was Argentina’s maestro, the force behind the blazing attack that included the legendary Diego Maradona. But the inspirational captain was mysteriously left out in the squad supposedly as a result of a diarrhoea. Most in the earth did not purchase it, and also though everybody was happy to see Maradona get the armband, it had been the benching of Daniel Passarella that stands out as the biggest World Cup player misses.

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