Rest of The World Team could feature in future FIFA World Cups

By in Gaming

Saturday 9th June 2018

The 20th FIFA World Cup starts in Russia on the 14th of this month and will feature 32 nations from five of the six Confederations. The ‘Coming of Age’ tournament, currently scheduled for Qatar in November 2022 will be even larger with 48 teams competing with even the OFC guaranteed at least  one place. This year’s tournament is as open as ever and you can view the World Cup betting guide here. However, one thing that is certain about this most uncertain of events is that when the tournament starts, some of the biggest names in world football will be absent.

It was ever thus, with huge names from the past such as Ryan Giggs, George Weah, George Best and Abedi Pele all being denied the opportunity to parade their skills on the world’s greatest stage. So whilst the continued expansion of the tournament has opened the door to more countries, the reach of the European leagues has meant that stars are emerging from an even larger pool of nations across the globe.

This summer is no exception and Russia 2018 will be a poor tournament for not having the likes of Bale and Sanchez, Hamic and Imobile etc. There is an answer staring football in the face and on that doesn’t involved adding a never ending number of ‘expansion’ countries. Why not borrow the idea that has working, amongst other sports, athletics and rugby union and have a Rest of the World team. For 2018 the starting XI for such a team could look like:

 

 

Jan Oblak (Slovenia)

Giorgio Chiellini (Italy)

Arturo Vidal (Chile)

Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)

Antonio Valencia (Ecuador)

Gareth Bale (Wales)

Marek Hamisk (Slovakia)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia)

Arjan Robben (Netherlands)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)

Alexis Sanchez (Chile)

Not a bad team at all and any free manager could coach the team – Zinedine Zidane anyone! It would be a great focus for neutrals as well as fans from the countries of competing players. So before dismissing the idea, just stop for a moment and think why not?