Best players not going to 2014 World Cup

Some of the best players in the world will not be going to Brazil after their countries failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. Here's who missed out.

Sweden's forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic removes the captain's armband, after the World Cup 2014 qualifying playoff second leg soccer match between Sweden and Portugal, at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Sweden lost 2-3. (AP/TT/Erik Martensson) SWEDEN OUT
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Sweden's forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic removes the captain's armband, after the World Cup 2014 qualifying playoff second leg soccer match between Sweden and Portugal, at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Sweden lost 2-3. (AP/TT/Erik Martensson) SWEDEN OUT
Wales' Gareth Bale, right, holds off the challenge of Finland's Veli Lampi during their international friendly soccer match in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Wales' Gareth Bale, right, holds off the challenge of Finland's Veli Lampi during their international friendly soccer match in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013
Wales' Gareth Bale, right, holds off the challenge of Finland's Veli Lampi during their international friendly soccer match in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Poland's Robert Lewandowski looks round as he gets up from the pitch after missing chance to score a goal during the World Cup Group H qualification soccer match between England and Poland at Wembley stadium in London, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Poland's Robert Lewandowski looks round as he gets up from the pitch after missing chance to score a goal during the World Cup Group H qualification soccer match between England and Poland at Wembley stadium in London, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
Poland's Robert Lewandowski looks round as he gets up from the pitch after missing chance to score a goal during the World Cup Group H qualification soccer match between England and Poland at Wembley stadium in London, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Giuseppe Rossi of Italy (R) shoots in front of Neven Subotic (L) of Serbia at the Marakana stadium in Belgrade on October 7, 2011 during their Euro 2012 group C qualifying football match. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
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Giuseppe Rossi of Italy (R) shoots in front of Neven Subotic (L) of Serbia at the Marakana stadium in Belgrade on October 7, 2011 during their Euro 2012 group C qualifying football match. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Poland's captain Jakub Blaszczykowski stretches during a training session ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against England, at Wembley Stadium in west London October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Poland's Blaszczykowski during a training session ahead of 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against England, in west London
Poland's captain Jakub Blaszczykowski stretches during a training session ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against England, at Wembley Stadium in west London October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
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Senegal national team player Papiss Cisse (L) kicks the ball in front of Kenya national team players on January 15, 2012 during a friendly match ahead of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations at the Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar. AFP PHOTO / MAMADOU TOURE BEHAN
Senegal National Team Player Papiss Cisse (L) Kicks The Ball In Front Of Kenya National Team Players On January 15, AFP/Getty Images
Senegal national team player Papiss Cisse (L) kicks the ball in front of Kenya national team players on January 15, 2012 during a friendly match ahead of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations at the Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar. AFP PHOTO / MAMADOU TOURE BEHAN
Slovakia's Martin Skrtel (2ndL) and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku (R) vie for the ball during their friendly football match in Bruges on February 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
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Slovakia's Martin Skrtel (2ndL) and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku (R) vie for the ball during their friendly football match in Bruges on February 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Turkey's Arda Turan, right, and Jeremain Lens of Netherlands fight for the ball during their World Cup Group D qualifying soccer match at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo)
Turkey's Arda Turan, right, and Jeremain Lens of Netherlands fight for the ball during their World Cup Group D qualifying soccer match at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo)
Turkey's Arda Turan, right, and Jeremain Lens of Netherlands fight for the ball during their World Cup Group D qualifying soccer match at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo)
Queens Park Rangers' Moroccan midfielder Adel Taarabt (2nd L) shoots during the English Premier League football match between Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion at Loftus Road in London, England on December 26, 2012. West Bromwich Albion won the game 2-1. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publicationsCARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images
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Queens Park Rangers' Moroccan midfielder Adel Taarabt (2nd L) shoots during the English Premier League football match between Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion at Loftus Road in London, England on December 26, 2012. West Bromwich Albion won the game 2-1. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publicationsCARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images
Austria's David Alaba reacts after scoring a goal during their World Cup qualifying soccer match against Ireland in Vienna September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (AUSTRIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Austria's Alaba reacts after scoring during their World Cup qualifying soccer match against Ireland in Vienna
Austria's David Alaba reacts after scoring a goal during their World Cup qualifying soccer match against Ireland in Vienna September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (AUSTRIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Paraguay's Oscar Cardozo shoots to score against Guatemala during a friendly 2014 World Cup qualifying warm up match in Washington on August 15, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages
Paraguay's Oscar Cardozo shoots to score
Paraguay's Oscar Cardozo shoots to score against Guatemala during a friendly 2014 World Cup qualifying warm up match in Washington on August 15, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages
Ukraine's Andriy Yarmolenko takes a shot to score the second goal during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against France at the Olympiyskiy national stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Ukraine's Andriy Yarmolenko takes a shot to score the second goal during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against France at the Olympiyskiy national stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
Ukraine's Andriy Yarmolenko takes a shot to score the second goal during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against France at the Olympiyskiy national stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Wales' Aaron Ramsey celebrates after scoring against Belgium during their World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Walschaerts)
Wales' Aaron Ramsey celebrates after scoring against Belgium during their World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
Wales' Aaron Ramsey celebrates after scoring against Belgium during their World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Walschaerts)
Turkey's Nuri Sahin (L) vies Georgia's Jaba Kankava during a friendly football match between Turkey and Georgia in Salzburg on May 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Ernst WukitsERNST WUKITS/AFP/GettyImages
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Turkey's Nuri Sahin (L) vies Georgia's Jaba Kankava during a friendly football match between Turkey and Georgia in Salzburg on May 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Ernst WukitsERNST WUKITS/AFP/GettyImages
Malta's Ryan Fenech, left, and Denmark's Christian Eriksen, right, vie for the ball during their Group B 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer match played in Parken, Copenhagen on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Jens Dresling, POLFOTO)
Malta's Ryan Fenech, left, and Denmark's Christian Eriksen, right, vie for the ball during their Group B 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer match played in Parken, Copenhagen on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
Malta's Ryan Fenech, left, and Denmark's Christian Eriksen, right, vie for the ball during their Group B 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer match played in Parken, Copenhagen on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Jens Dresling, POLFOTO)
Montenegro's Stevan Jovetic, centre takes a shot on goal watched by England's Steven Gerrard, left and teammate Frank Lampard during the World Cup Group H qualification soccer match between England and Montenegro at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 . (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Montenegro's Stevan Jovetic, centre takes a shot on goal watched by England's Steven Gerrard, left and teammate Frank Lampard during the World Cup Group H qualification soccer match between England and Montenegro at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
Montenegro's Stevan Jovetic, centre takes a shot on goal watched by England's Steven Gerrard, left and teammate Frank Lampard during the World Cup Group H qualification soccer match between England and Montenegro at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 . (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Czech Republic's goalkeeper Petr Cech throws the ball during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Bulgaria at Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia October 15, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Czech Republic's goalkeeper Cech throws the ball during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Bulgaria at Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia
Czech Republic's goalkeeper Petr Cech throws the ball during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Bulgaria at Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia October 15, 2013. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

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