While the eyes of the whole world turn to start 2022 World Cup events Today, Sunday, in Qatar, names that have great weight on the football scene are absent.
In the tournament that brings together the biggest stars from all over the world, bright names have disappeared, some of whom failed to qualify and others who were betrayed by injuries, such as Erling Haaland, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Karim Benzema.
Mane, Salah and Benzema
Haaland’s absence is difficult, and his reasons are due to the fact that Norway did not qualify, which prevented his compatriot Martin Odegaard from being present as well.
The same applies to Mohamed Salah, one of Liverpool’s main players, who is considered one of the best players in the world. Egypt will not play in the World Cup despite its great success in Africa in the past decade.
As for the big surprise, it was the late withdrawal of Sadio Mane, as the Senegalese failed to recover from the injury in time, which left him absent from the audience.
The same applies to Karim Benzema, the French national team player, who also announced his exclusion on Friday due to a left thigh injury, provided that Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Presnel Kimpembe will also be absent from the 2018 Cup-winning France team.
There are also many Real Madrid players who will not be able to represent their country in the World Cup, including David Alaba, because Austria is outside the World Cup, while Didier Deschamps decided to dispense with Ferland Mendy.
Italy, one of the main players in the World Cup, failed to qualify, leaving big stars such as Gianluigi, Donnarumma, Marco Verratti, Niccolo Barella and Federico Chiesa out of the race.
Also, Colombia will not be in Qatar 2022, which means that Luis Diaz, Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez will not be able to participate.
The most important event
It is noteworthy that the football fans are eagerly awaiting the opening of the World Cup, on Sunday evening, thus ending a wait of more than 4 years.
As for the tournament, which begins today on Qatari soil, it will open with the opening match between Qatar, the host country, and Ecuador, at Al-Bayt Stadium in Doha.