In the run-up to the World Cup in Russia, it’s time to reflect on some historic moments in the tournament’s history since 1930. Unbelievably, there are some countries that will probably never qualify again (in the same format).
Simply put, these countries all qualified (some were very successful), but the country is no longer known by that name, or has completely different borders or political systems in some cases.
Let’s look at four of these countries:
The Yugoslavia national football team represented Yugoslavia in international association football.
It enjoyed success in international competition. In 1992, during the Yugoslav wars, the team was suspended from international competition as part of a United Nations sanction. In 1994, when the boycott was lifted, it was succeeded by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia national football team.
The Serbia national football team inherited Yugoslavia’s spot within FIFA and UEFA and is considered by both organisations as the only successor of Yugoslavia.
The East Indies national football team represents Indonesia in international association football. This was the first Asian team to participate in the FIFA World Cup, particularly the 1938 edition of the tournament.
The first recorded match that involved a team from the Dutch East Indies was a contest against a Singapore national team on 28 March 1921. It is currently called the Indonesia National Team.
The Czechoslovakia national team was the national football team of Czechoslovakia from 1920 to 1992. The team was controlled by the Czechoslovak Football Association and the team qualified for eight World Cups and three European Championships. It had two runner-up finishes in World Cups, in 1934 and 1962, and won the European Championship in the 1976 tournament.
The present-day Czech Republic national football team is recognized as the successor of the Czechoslovakia team. The country of Slovakia is represented by the Slovak national team.
The Soviet Union national football team was the national football team of the Soviet Union. After the breakup of the Union the team was transformed into the CIS national football team.
FIFA considers the Russia national football as the Soviet successor team allocating its former records to them.