The ball that will attract the attention of millions of fans around the world will begin to roll on November 21, with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where the best advocates of this discipline will meet, but other personalities will have to experience it by watching TV.
While many stars are preparing to play the World Cup in Qatar, others still have the desire to play one of the most coveted tournaments for footballers.
And this time it will be held in Qatar without the presence of Europeans Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Erling Halland (Norway), Africans Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and Riyad Mahrez (Algeria). South Americans Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez (Chile) joined the list, along with James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao (Colombia), among others.
Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian striker of Liverpool, who reached the final of the last African Cup of Nations, failed in the qualifiers after a penalty shootout against Senegal.
At the age of 29, the 10 “Pharaohs” will have to wait four years to compete in the World Cup for the second time after Russia 2018, in which North Africa was eliminated from the group stage.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (40 years old) aspires to maintain his rhythm and the level of competition in order to reach the next World Cup in Canada, the United States and Mexico 2026. The challenge is great, but the reality puts its limits on the Swede.
The Milan striker, who was knocked out by Robert Lewandowski’s Poland in the elimination match, has not announced his international retirement.
“I will continue as long as I can,” the former Paris Saint-Germain striker said after admitting he was “panic” at the idea of hanging up his boots.
Norwegian striker Erling Haaland, 21, has the fitness and time needed to prove himself in the upcoming World Cup in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Norway has not stamped his passport to Qatar, but the Borussia Dortmund striker, last Champions League top scorer, will have to be content with the goals of his club.
And the stars of the African continent who will not be in Qatar are the Algerian Riyad Maher, in addition to the Ivorian Sebastian Haller and Nicholas Pepe, as well as Victor Osimhen from Nigeria.
Europe will not send Qatar its last champion, Italy, with figures such as goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and captain Giorgio Chiellini, among others. Azura will not attend the second World Cup in a row (Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022).
The Bosnians, Edin Dzeko, Inter Milan player and Miralem Pjanic from Turkey’s Besiktas, also wanted to participate in the FIFA tournament. In addition to the Norwegian Martin Odegaard of Arsenal in the Premier League; Slovenian Jan Oblak who plays for Atletico Madrid in Spain, among other personalities.