FIFA rejects: countries banned from the World Cup
Russia is certainly not the first
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The FIFA World Cup is the most prestigious international soccer competition around. Squads from all corners of the globe come together to compete for the ultimate trophy. Being a world champion is something many nations aspire to, but for some it's nothing but a dream. And we're not just talking about national teams' quality. The truth is that, for one reason or another, many national squads don't even make it to the qualifying rounds, let alone the final stages of the tournament.
Intrigued? Click on and find out which nations were banned by FIFA and why.
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