Pies’ Official ‘Not Going To The 2014 World Cup’ XI

Chris Wright

20th, November 2013


By Chris Wright

That’s it, time up! Qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is now officially over and done and the 32 berths at the tournament have all been filled.

As Zlatan so rightly quipped after Sweden bowed out of the running against Portugal/Ronaldo last night, “a World Cup without me is not worth watching,” but the Almighty One isn’t the only top-notch talent who won’t be gracing the greenery in Brazil next summer.

This, of course, means it’s high time to revel in other people’s misery and for Pies to compile our official*, FIFA-sanctioned**, fully-licensed*** “Not going to the World Cup XI”, made up of the very best players who unfortunately won’t be competing for anything more than the best sun lounger around the hotel pool in Brazil next June…

(*nope/**double nope/***triple nope)

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Group E - Chelsea v Schalke 04 - Stamford Bridge

Petr Cech, Czech Republic

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion - Stamford Bridge

Branislav Ivanovic, Serbia

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Group A - Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen - Old Trafford

Nemanja Vidic, Serbia

Soccer - UEFA Europa League - Round of 16 - Second Leg - Liverpool v Zenit St. Petersburg - Anfield

Daniel Agger, Denmark

Germany Soccer Bayern Munich

David Alaba, Austria

Italy Soccer Serie A

Marek Hamsik, Slovakia

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester United v Arsenal - Old Trafford

Aaron Ramsey, Wales

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Cardiff City v Tottenham Hotspur - Cardiff City Stadium

Christian Eriksen, Denmark

Italy Soccer Champions League

Gareth Bale, Wales

Germany Soccer Bundesliga

Robert Lewandowski, Poland

Sweden Portugal Wcup Soccer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden

Quite the formidable attacking trident we have there in the shape of Bale, Lewandowski and Zlatan – around about £200million’s worth of formidable as it happens!

Anyone we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments…