We’re almost at that time of the year where the biggest international football tournament in the world, the FIFA World Cup, is just around the corner. This summer’s tournament will be taking place in Russia for the first time in the history of the tournament, and it will also be the first time since the 2006 tournament in Germany where the tournament will be hosted on European soil.
According to the Paddy Power World Cup odds, current World Cup champions Germany are considered favourites for the tournament ahead of five-time champions Brazil. This should come as no surprise to the majority of football fans as these two nations are the most successful teams to participate in the World Cup which will be playing this summer.
Should Germany manage to live up to their expectations and win the World Cup, they will become the joint most successful World Cup team along with Brazil with five trophies each.
When the tournament kicks off this summer, there will be a total of 78 different nations which will have competed at the World Cup. This means that there is over one hundred nations which have still yet to qualify for the tournament since its inception in 1930.
The most unsuccessful confederation so far is CAF. The African confederation has a total of 54 FIFA Members, but only 13 of them have managed to qualify for the tournament. The other 41 are still waiting to make their first appearance. Zambia is the nation which have had the most qualifying attempt out of anyone in the confederation with thirteen attempts.
The nation managed to reach the final round of qualification this time but finished second in the group behind Nigeria. Although Zambia have failed to qualify thirteen times, the most unsuccessful nation is Luxembourg. The European nation have attempted to qualify for the tournaments 20 times but have always failed.
The nation has competed in every qualification campaign since 1934 but have one of the worst records in world football. Since their qualification debut in 1934, Luxembourg have participated in 134 games, but have only won 5 games, drawn 10, and lost the other 119. Their goal difference isn’t much better. With only 69 goals scored and 433 conceded, Luxembourg’s current qualification goal difference is -364.
This infographic has been created which lists some of the teams which have failed to make at least one appearance at the World Cup throughout the history of the tournament. Some of the teams featured should come as no surprise, but there are other teams featured which might come as a shock it you. Check it out!