Yet again Scotland won’t be there but all eyes are now firmly fixed on the World Cup in Russia.
The action is well under way and today we give our lowdown on Group E where the mighty Brazil lie in wait.
Trying not to leave you feeling too left out by the Tartan Army’s absence, we’ll also provide a local link, tenuous or otherwise, to each participating nation.
Holders Germany have only lost six World Cup matches since being beaten in the 1986 final – that’s 45 games in all – and are one of the big favourites to land their fifth world crown.
Coach Joachim Low caused headlines last week by leaving Manchester City’s flying winger Leroy Sane out of his 23-man pool.
The fact Low felt able to go to Russia without Sane shows just how strong this German squad is.
Dortmund’s Marco Reus, however, is in the 23 and will grace the World Cup for the first time at the age of 29 after missing 2014 with injury.
The Germans look certain to cruise through Group F without much fuss.
Star player: Thomas Muller (among many).
Local link: There are a few but, going back a bit, the name Erich Schaedler stands out.
The son of a German prisoner of war, Schaedler played 120 times for the Dark Blues between 1977 and 1981, winning the First Division at Dens Park.
Schaedler played for Scotland against West Germany funnily enough and went to the 1974 tournament but never featured.
Dundee have also had Luka Tankulic and Thomas Konrad on their books a couple of years ago.
The name Arvid Schenk, meanwhile, will send a shiver down dark blue spines.
Scotland have just found out how good the Mexicans are with the 1-0 scoreline in the Azteca not doing their performance justice earlier this month.
Moving the ball quickly, Juan Carlos Osorio’s side like to pepper the opposition goal and if they can find the finishing touch that eluded them against the Scots they might surprise a few.
Legendary captain Rafael Marquez, a double Champions League winner with Barcelona, will join a select few who have played at five World Cups at the age of 39 if he features.
Star player: Javier Hernandez.
Local link: Former Dundee United favourite Johnny Russell got his first international start in Mexico last weekend and impressed.
Alan Gilzean scored against Mexican club side Guadalajara in 1962 when Dundee’s league-winning side took part in a friendly summer tournament in New York. The Dee won 3-2.
Without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic to call on, the Swedes are nowhere near as potent as they have been in recent years.
However, knocking Italy out in the qualifying play-offs shows they have some mettle about them.
Ranked 25th in the world, this is their first World Cup since 2006 where they reached the last 16.
Star player: Emil Forsberg.
Local link: Only one place to start here – Gothenburg.
After knocking Barcelona out, Dundee United were so close to Uefa Cup glory against IFK Gothenburg in 1987, only to lose out by one goal over two legs.
Swedes haven’t been all bad for the Tangerines, however, with Kjell Olofsson, Orjan Persson, Lars Zetterlund, Lennart Wing and Magnus Skoldmark all performing with distinction in lengthy spells at Tannadice.
The Koreans scraped into the World Cup with a defeat and two 0-0 draws against Iran and Uzbekistan and haven’t set the heather alight in friendlies running up to the tournament.
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min, however, is a threat to be reckoned with for the rest of the group.
Star player: Son Heung-min.
Local link: Christian Dailly captained Berti Vogts’ Scotland side to a 4-1 thumping at the hands of South Korea prior to their incredible run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2002.
Lee Wilkie was an unused sub.