The country missed out on a spot after a 92-minute loss to North Macedonia in their playoff semi-final in March. In the five matches that followed, they won only once and were held to four rows; a second-place finish took them to the playoff where the field to score and, for the second time in a row, failed to make the World Cup.
The former FIFA hosting country was politically expelled from the FIFA Qatar World Cup following its invasion of Ukraine. Russia launched an appeal against the expulsion with the Court of Arbitration for Sport but dropped it later.
Sweden has been part of 12 of the 21 World Cups held so far. Their journey to Qatar came to an abrupt end when they lost three of their six matches in the second leg of the European qualifiers in 2021 and ranked second in the group behind Spain.
Colombia were one of the favourites to secure a spot at the FIFA World Cup 2022 with the former World cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez. They also had an impressive performance in the last two editions of the World Cup, but they finished sixth in the qualifiers, a point behind Peru who earned the playoff spot after the top four teams qualified.
This team has been part of the World Cup since the first edition in 1930. They even hosted the event in 1962 and came in third place. However, they only won one of their remaining four qualification games for Qatar 2022.
This World Cup is going to be an entertaining one, so buckle up and get ready to get the goosebumps of the world’s biggest tournament.