- Barcelona could have as many as 10 players featuring in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar
- Some of the Catalan giant's big names will sit back and watch the tournament on the screen
- The World Cup will begin on November 20 across 8 stadia in the Middle East country
Qatar 2022 is now upon us, providing a chance for the greatest players in the modern game to strut their stuff in front of the watching world.
Beyond the Messis and and the Ronaldos, fans will be positively salivating at the prospect of watching Kylian Mbappe, Kevin de Bruyne, Neymar, Robert Lewandowski and many, many others in action.
However, despite the glut of talent on show, spare a thought for those teams who failed to qualify, and in particular, the stars who will miss out on all the fun and games at the tournament.
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As the global showpiece is fast approaching, players are expected to report for international duty in the coming week ahead of the Mundial.
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Spanish giants Barcelona could have as many as 10 players featuring at the global showpiece in Qatar, but a number of familiar faces also failed to make the cut.
Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele, Raphinha, and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen are some of the top names from Barcelona who earned selection from their countries.
Barcelona players missing World Cup
Barcelona trio Sergi Roberto, Hector Bellerin and Marcos Alonso are deemed not good enough for Spain’s 55-man preliminary list.
19-year-old left-back Alejandro Balde has been in sensational form this season, but had little time to impress Luis Enrique.
Unfortunately, Franck Kessie sits out of this year's edition as his country, Cote d'Ivoire failed to qualify for the Mundial.
Blaugrana players missing the World Cup:
1. Franck Kessie
2. Marcos Alonso
3. Hector Bellerin
4. Sergi Roberto
5. Alejandro Balde
World Cup: the 8 stadia
Sports Brief had earlier reported that eight venues would play host to the 64 matches to be played during the 2022 edition of the World Cup in Qatar.
The tournament is set to kick off officially on November 20, with hosts curtain-raising the campaign against Ecuador.
The stadiums are ready despite previous fears about the possibility of venues not being ready in time. Construction of the facilities is understood to have started back in November 2015, in readiness for the prestigious tournament.