Injuries, failure to qualify and omissions mean that some of the best players will miss this summer's tournament.
The 2014 World Cup finals are just over two weeks away. We will get to see a plethora of top players in action, but there will be some who will be sorely missed.
Below are three of the top players who will not feature in Brazil in June and July.
1) Ganso (Brazil)
Being left out of Luiz Felipe Scolari's 23-man squad might just be the best thing to have happened to Ganso since his career began. With time now to focus on his club performances, he can start to make some strides towards securing a move to Europe.
Having shown huge promise at Santos alongside a young Neymar, his progress has stalled considerably due to injury and a dip in form. However, the 24-year-old looks to have found his way back into Sao Paolo's starting lineup and will be keen to prove himself during the remainder of the Campeonato Brasileiro.
Following what was a terrific season galloping up and down the left flank at Everton, Coleman has seen his market value skyrocket. But with the Republic of Ireland faltering in the closing stages of their World Cup qualifying campaign under Giovanni Trapattoni, the Toffees star will not feature in Brazil.
Coleman’s surging runs would certainly have been a treat to watch for fans of positive, intelligent wing-play, but he will focus his efforts instead on a series of summer friendlies for both club and country.
Perhaps the most unfortunate – and noticeable – of all absentees is one of football's biggest personalities. No doubt, Ibrahimovic would have lit up the tournament with an amazing display of the skills in his repertoire.
The brace he scored against Portugal in Sweden’s World Cup qualifying play-off encounter underlined just how magical he can be. Looking on the bright side, though, perhaps there will be other players who will 'dare to Zlatan' in his stead.