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Austria and Italy distracted themselves from the World Cup frustration yesterday in Vienna. Many million stars are now just spectators. An overview:

“The closer the World Cup got, the more you realized it. It hurts a lot,” admits team captain David Alaba. Even if he promises: “As long as I’m there, we’ll go to a World Cup.” That has to be in 2026 in the USA, Canada and Mexico. Now it is no consolation that Austria is suffering in high-profile company. Yesterday the biggest absentee was invited to a practice canter in the Prater: Italy! Like four years ago, the reigning European champions are only spectators at the World Cup, millions of stars such as Gianluigi Donnarumma, Federico Chiesa, Jorginho and Alessandro Bastani have to watch the World Cup on TV. The eleven who did not qualify are on the offensive (see graphic). particularly long. And prominent. Led by Erling Haaland. The 150m man has been setting records at Manchester City this season but failed to qualify with Norway. Instead of the first World Cup finals, it’s now winter vacation. As for Liverpool stars Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Luis Diaz (Colombia) and Andrew Robertson (Scotland).Last minute injuriesWhile big-name players like Jan Oblak (Slovenia), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Milan Skriniar (Slovakia) , Hakan Calhanoglu (Turkey), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Rihad Mahrez (Algeria) or Alexis Sanchez (Chile) have been aware for months that they have to watch the World Cup, for many the dream was only shattered at the last second . due to injury. As for Sadio Mané. The Senegalese led his nation to a World Cup finals for the first time since 2002 and enjoys hero status in his own country. And then that: tendon injury, less than two weeks before the start. World Cup out! It’s bitter… The same applies to the French Paul Pogba and N’golo Kante, both world champions of 2018. Karim Benzema wasn’t there, now the world footballer is condemned to watch again. Like compatriot Christopher Nkunku, he only injured himself during training in Qatar. Timo Werner and Marco Reus got it with the Germans. The two share their fate with Diogo Jota (Portugal), Giovanni Lo Celso (Argentina), Philippe Coutinho (Brazil), Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands) and the Englishmen Reece James and Ben Chilwell. At least we Austrians don’t suffer alone.

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