One hit wonders: Five unlikely nations who featured at the World Cup

Underdogs Panama will make their debut at the 2018 World Cup after qualifying for Russia on Tuesday, FFT features five nations who also made it to football's biggest stage just once - including a territory in Southeast Asia...

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1. Dutch East Indies (Indonesia)

Now you can impress your friends by telling them that yes, one Southeast Asian nation has indeed qualified for the World Cup....technically.

Prior to their independence from the Netherlands, the Dutch East Indies (present day Indonesia) featured in the 1938 World Cup in France and became the first Asian nation to do so.

But their qualification was almost a gift - with one designated place in Asia contested by two teams

But their qualification was almost a gift - with one designated place in Asia contested by two teams (Japan later withdrew).

It was little surprise then that the Dutch East Indies lost 0-6 in their first game to Hungary and were eliminated.

Indonesia were suspended from international football in 2015, which was later lifted, but that ruled them out of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

2. Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo)

They only made one appearance at football's biggest tournament - in 1974, but Zaire (present day DR Congo) produced one of the most bizarre moments the World Cup has ever seen.

The team's campaign began with a 2-0 loss to Scotland, before a 9-0 humilation in the hands of Yugoslavia.

In their final game with Brazil, the already-eliminated African side were down 2-0 and the Brazilians had a free-kick to extend their lead.

A Zaire defender dashed out from the wall, booted the ball upfield and was booked for his troubles. The team were allegedly told by the country's ruler/dictator Mobutu Sese Seko that they could not return home if they lost by more than four goals.

Brazil still went on score, but Zaire could stil return home as they only lost 3-0.

On the bright side, DR Congo can still qualify for their second World Cup, in 2018, if they win their final group game and group leaders Tunisia lose.

3. Canada

The Canadians made their sole World Cup appearance in 1986, after beating Honduras 2-1 in the qualification stages.

Not only did they qualify, but it rubbed salt into the wound for neighbours United States, who failed to make the cut for the tournament.

Canada have not qualified for the World Cup since 1986

They failed to score and a goal and lost all three games in Mexico but a dogged performance in a 1-0 loss to Michel Platini's France was an admirable achievement.

Canada was knocked out in the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualification.

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