Footsteps of Lionel Messi’s debut at the 2006 World Cup
Who doesn’t know Lionel Messi ? This Argentinian football star is the best player in the world. Many achievements both at the individual level, club, and the Argentine national team .
Seven Ballon d’or titles is one proof of the greatness of Lionel Messi in the world of football. But behind the flashy Messi award, there is one title that has not been conquered, namely the World Cup.
Messi is currently Argentina’s all-time top scorer with 86 goals. However, Messi is still under Gabriel Batistuta in terms of scoring goals at the World Cup.
All things related to the World Cup as if Messi doesn’t want to be conquered. The climax at the 2014 World Cup, Messi had to be patient again when he lost in the top party against Germany.
Although all things related to the World Cup are difficult for Messi to achieve, in fact there are interesting facts when you look at Messi’s debut at the World Cup. How is the story of Messi’s debut at the World Cup? Here’s the story.
Messi debuted the World Cup tournament in 2006. At that time Germany was given the mandate as host.
Messi who made his debut on August 17, 2005. Less than a year, Messi was called up to strengthen the Argentine national team at the 2006 World Cup.
At that time Messi was 18 years old and became one of the youngest debutants of the World Cup. In the Argentine national team, Messi has to compete for a place with several big names such as Pablo Aimar, Carlos Tevez to Javier Saviola.
Scored One Goal and One Assist
Argentina at that time joined in Group C with Ivory Coast, Serbia-Montenegro and the Netherlands. Messi did not play in Argentina’s inaugural match against Ivory Coast.
In the second match, Messi just made his World Cup debut from the bench against Serbia-Montenegro. Messi just entered in the 74th minute replacing Maxi Rodriguez.
But it only took four minutes for Messi to prove his quality. Messi immediately contributed assists for Argentina in the 78th minute.
Not satisfied with assists, Messi apparently also scored in his first game at the World Cup. Precisely in the 88th minute Messi scored a goal through a flick of his right foot. The goal was the closing goal for Argentina’s 6-0 win over Serbia-Montenegro.
Argentina is one of the favorite teams in the 2022 World Cup later. Moreover, La Albiceleste is being shrouded in a positive trend ahead of the grand tournament. Coach Lionel Scaloni’s squad comes to the 2022 World Cup with the status of 2021 Copa America champions.
Then in the 2022 World Cup Qualification Zone Conmebol, Argentina has played 17 matches with 11 wins and six draws without losing.
Then, the positive trend of the Argentine national team continued with a victory over the European Cup 2020 champions, Italy, in the Finalissima match which was held at Wembley Stadium, London, in early June. The series of good results added to the confidence of the Argentine national team squad.
The country, which is now ranked third in the FIFA rankings, has a series of key players who will be a mainstay in the World Cup later. Curious about the names of these players?
Lisandro Martinez himself is known as a versatile defender who is able to play in a number of positions, including positions that are not his natural position. Apart from being good at centre-back, Lisandro is also adept at playing in the defensive midfield and wing-back positions (left-right).
The new signing of Manchester United, according to Transfermarkt, is mostly played in his natural position, namely central defender. Noted, he has appeared as many as 139 times playing as a central defender with Ajax. In addition, he has also played in the position of defensive midfielder 22 times, left back (12 times), and right back (3 times).
With the flexibility of the position that can be played by Lisandro, Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni will make this player who has collected seven caps a mainstay in mobilizing La Albiceleste’s defense in the World Cup later.
Angel Di Maria
Angel Fabian Di Maria or familiarly called Angel Di Maria is one of the greatest wingers ever owned by the Argentine national team. The 34-year-old is still at the top level of the game and has played for Italian giants this season, Juventus.
Di Maria started his career as a football player when he joined Rosario Central in 2005. Then he moved to Benfica in 2007. Di Maria played at Real Madrid from 2010 to 2014. During that time he made 124 appearances and scored 22 goals. . In August 2014, Di Maria signed his contract with Manchester United. A year with the Red Devils then he moved to Paris Saint-Germain.
With the Argentine national team, the player who has collected 122 caps and 25 goals has strengthened La Albiceleste since 2008. Previously he was in the Argentina U-20 and U-23 national teams and won brilliant achievements by bringing the U-20 World Cup trophy to the Olympic gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. Then successfully presented the 2021/22 Copa America title for the senior national team.
Will not be able to rule out the name of the player who won seven Ballon d’Or titles in the Argentine national team. Even though he is 35 years old, La Pulga will be Lionel Scaloni’s mainstay to lead the La Abliceleste squad at the World Cup later.
Lionel Messi started his football career when he was five years old. At that time he was playing for Grandoli, the local football club that was coached by his father. After that he played for the Barcelona youth team from 2000 to 2003. Then Frank Rijkaard at that time gave Lionel Messi the opportunity to move up and make his La Liga debut in Barcelona’s match against Espanyol. Now he strengthens the French club, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and only collected the French League title last season.
Messi has achieved everything in the world of football at least at the club and individual level. However, he became marginalized when he joined the Argentine national team. Because, unlike Diego Maradona, Messi has not awarded his country a World Cup title.
Born in Bahia Blanca on August 22, 1997, Lautaro Martinez started his professional career with Racing Club de Avellaneda. He was in the Racing Club uniform from 2015 to 2018. During his time with Racing Club, Lautaro managed to score 27 goals from 60 appearances in all competitions. This made Inter Milan fall in love with him.
The player nicknamed ‘El Toro’ while defending Inter Milan has made 179 appearances and packed 74 goals and 24 assists. With these records, Lionel Scaloni seems to make Lautaro his main striker in the World Cup later.
With the Argentine national team, Lautaro has packed 38 caps and scored 20 goals in various competitions. He also managed to present the Copa America title last season to La Albiceleste.
Until finally, Messi had the opportunity to prove that he was capable of doing it for the sake of his beloved country. The opportunity came when Argentina entered the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil.
In the final, La Albiceleste challenged Germany, a team that had made hosts Brazil cry a lot in the semifinals because they were crushed 1-7.
Unfortunately, luck has not been in favor of Messi et al. Germany managed to secure their fourth World Cup trophy with a score of 1-0.
Argentina got a relatively easy group at the 2014 World Cup. One of the giants in South America was joined by Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran, and Nigeria.
All three matches were eliminated with wins. Although the goal that was escorted by Sergio Romero had broken three times.
Raihan nine points from three matches ensure Argentina as winners of Group F. They face Switzerland in the round of 16.
With great effort
Argentina’s journey in the knockout stages was arduous. Everything was passed with a thin score, even one of them was a penalty shootout.
Argentina only won 1-0 when they met Switzerland in the last 16 and Belgium in the quarter-finals. When facing Switzerland, Messi et al to reach extra round.
Argentina also had time to reach extra round when they met the Netherlands in the semifinals. However, as the score remained 0-0, the match went to a penalty shootout which was won by Argentina with a score of 4-2.
Throughout the 90 minutes, Germany and Argentina always had a chance to score. One of Messi’s chances early in the second half was in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but his shot went wide.
However, poor finishing and a number of misfortunes made the match in normal time ended with the score 0-0. The game was continued into extra rounds.
Germany was finally able to score a goal that broke the deadlock and the only goal was created through Mario Goetze in the second half of extra time. Goetze executed a perfect volley to thrill the Argentine net.
After the failure in the World Cup final, Messi had several chances to win the title with Argentina. At that time, he managed to bring Argentina to the Copa America final twice with luck in the 2015 and 2016 editions.
Unfortunately in the two finals which both met Chile, Argentina lost on penalties. Three times the opportunity to bring the trophy to his beloved country failed to create.
Until finally Messi decided to retire from defending the Argentine national team. Until finally, the player nicknamed La Pulga came back in 2018.
Messi finally fulfilled his duties perfectly as an Argentine footballer. The 2021 Copa America trophy managed to become his first trophy with the Argentine national team.
The final was also special. Because, Argentina frustrate the toughest enemy resistance, Brazil in the final with a thin score 1-0.
The strongest candidate to win the 2022 World Cup . It doesn’t feel like this universal soccer party is just counting the months. Several teams deserve to be put forward as champion candidates.
Unlike the previous editions, the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar from November to December. This period is the middle of the season in Europe’s top competition.
However, the competitive atmosphere makes it a challenge for the coaching team and players. Well, as usual, there are always several teams that are considered qualified so that they deserve to be champions.
Without denying other teams, a series of countries below have the potential to repeat their best achievements in the most prestigious tournaments every four years. Here are 10 countries that deserve to be championed at the 2022 World Cup Qatar.
Belgium remains a serious threat even though they have never tasted the sweetness of the title. In Qatar later, not a few who favor De Rode Duivels.
Inhabited by qualified pillars on all lines such as Kevin de Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Axel Witsel and Romelu Lukaku, Belgium is ready to go far. FIFA ranked 1st status, Roberto Martinez’s fleet will be a scourge for his opponents.
Four years ago, Belgium pushed to the semifinals and won third place. It was their greatest achievement in their Golden Generation.
Dubbed the tournament specialist, Germany is a World Cup regular. They only missed two times, the 1930 and 1950 editions.
So far, Die Mannschaft has won four titles, namely 1954, 1974, 1990, and finally 2014. Unfortunately, in the 2018 edition they appeared sluggish.
At that time, coming as the defending champion, Germany was actually eliminated at the beginning of the tournament. Manuel Neuer is convinced that Germany can bounce back and be strong again under coach Hansi Flick’s ingredients. “Winning the 2022 World Cup is realistic for us. We have a chance for that,” said Neuer, reported by Sport Bild.
Shortly after confirming himself to qualify for the 2022 World Cup finals, Cristiano Ronaldo immediately spread terror. “Goal achieved, we are in the Qatar World Cup. We are in the right place! Forca Portugal!” wrote Ronaldo on his personal Instagram.
Ronaldo is not bragging. The Euro 2016 stage can be a reference. At that time, , Selecao das Quinas less favored.
However, Ronaldo and colleagues actually came out as champions after defeating the top French team in the final. Coach Fernando Santos must have prepared a precise strategy to carve history in Qatar. Portugal has never won. Their best achievement is only up to third place. It was presented at the 1966 World Cup.
You could say, Senegal is a dark horse ready to give a surprise in Qatar. The 2002 edition was their first appearance at the World Cup.
At that time Senegal immediately made a spectacular breakthrough because they were able to survive until the quarterfinals. Proud, because no African team has ever made it beyond the quarter-finals of the World Cup so far.
Senegal also has a cool-handed eccentric coach, Aliou Cisse. In 2021, the skipper presented the African Cup of Nations title to the people of Senegal. Armed with a line of star players such as Cheikhou Kouyate, Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Abdou Diallo, Les Lions de la Teranga are ready to pounce on their opponents.
Will the curse soon end for the Netherlands? Three times as runner-up, namely 1974, 1978, and 2010, the Dutch people again became anxious. Van Gaal, the coach, knows very well what the De Oranje supporters expect.
“My goal is to become world champion,” said Van Gaal. “But I can’t do it alone,” he added. That means, Virgil van Dijk et al have a formidable mission: ending the curse. Hopefully!
One 2010 World Cup title and three European Cups (1964, 2008, 2012) put Spain in the elite list of candidates to win this time. It’s been a long time without being on the podium of honor, adding to the elan that the La Furia Roja players are getting more and more smoldering.
Dani Carvajal, Pedri, Rodri and Ferran Torres are some of the famous names that coach Luis Enrique brought to Qatar. Enrique himself advances undaunted.
“Our style is very clear and it will be very difficult to play against us. This is the message I have to give. We respect our opponents, anyone can beat us, but we can beat anyone,” he said.
The five-time championship (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002) puts Brazil at the top of the list of all-time World Cup winners. After failing in several editions, A Seleção is determined to make Qatar a place of revival.
In the Conmebol zone qualification, Neymar et al went without a hitch and sat proud at the top of the standings. “It’s time to go back to the final and be a champion,” said Tite, the skipper.
Remember the 2014 World Cup final? At that time, Argentina met Germany in the final. The Argentineans prayed endlessly with one hope: La Albiceleste emerged as champions.
Unfortunately, Argentina lost 0-1. The dream to repeat the success in the previous two editions, 1978 and 1986, has been dashed.
Lionel Messi is the most highlighted figure behind the failure of Team Tango. But now, Messi et al are ready to fight it out for the prestigious trophy. “As long as there is Messi, we are candidates for champions. We have the best players of all time,” said Juan Roman Riquelme, related to Lionel Scaloni’s fleet chance in Qatar, reported by TyC.
The opening match of the 2022 World Cup will feature the Group A preliminary match between the Netherlands and Senegal at the Al Thumama Stadium, Doha. A total of 32 countries divided into 8 groups will fight in the preliminary round to get tickets to the last 16.
The French national team, who are in Group D, are the reigning World Cup champions. Les Bleus beat Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 World Cup final, which was their second title at the prestigious tournament.
The captain of France when he became world champion in 2018 was Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The 35-year-old goalkeeper was still France’s captain during this year’s World Cup.
Apart from Hugo Lloris, there are still great players who are captains in their respective teams. The following is a list of the 32 captains at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, in order of their confederation:
Italy and Argentina will duel in the 2022 Finalissima event , Thursday 2 June 2022. The match between the European champions and the South American champions will be held at Wembley Stadium, London, England, kick-off at 01:45 WIB.
Italy is the champion of Euro 2020 (which will be held in 2021). Gli Azzurri became champions after winning on penalties against England in the final at Wembley. Meanwhile, Argentina is the winner of the 2021 Copa America. In the final, La Albiceleste won 1-0 over Brazil through Angel Di Maria’s single goal.
The 2021 Copa America trophy itself is the first trophy presented by the captain Lionel Messi for his country.
After winning the Copa America, Messi and his friends also managed to secure a ticket to the main round of the 2022 World Cup from the South American qualifiers. This contrasts with Italy.
As the champion of Euro 2020, Italy actually experienced an anticlimactic. Giorgio Chiellini and his friends failed to qualify for Qatar 2022. They were tackled by North Macedonia in the European qualifying play-offs .
Italy and Argentina last met in a friendly in 2018. At that time, Italy lost 0-2. Argentina’s goals were scored by Manuel Lanzini and Ever Banega.
Especially if you look at the performance of Saudi Arabia, which is not good at the international level and has the most distended ranking in Group C. Of course, the squad has not been able to match Lionel Messi and his friends.
Apart from Saudi Arabia, Argentina will face Poland in Group C. Maybe this country can be a little troublesome for Lionel Messi and his friends.
World Cup 2022 – Finalist Team Performance
However, if you refer to FIFA rankings, Poland’s ability is still far from Argentina. Especially coupled with Poland’s journey to the 2022 World Cup position, which had to go through the play-offs first and fortunately was able to pursue Sweden with a score of 1-0.
Saudi Arabia National Team. The Green Falcons or the Green Eagle, nicknamed the Saudi Arabian national team, are 4 of the representatives of the Asian zone who will automatically qualify for the Qatar 2022 world cup. The Qatar world cup is the sixth time that Saudi Arabia has participated in the biggest championship on earth.
Saudi Arabia qualified as group B winners in the third round of the Asian zone world cup qualifiers. Together with Japan, Saudi Arabia got a ticket to qualify for Qatar. Herve Denard’s side have only lost once in the qualifying group B, against Japan in February 2022. Then the Arabs made sure to qualify after winning in the last match against Australia 1-0.
The best stadium ever qualified for the last 16 at the 1994 world cup. Driven by captain Salman Al Faraj, almost all Saudi Arabian players were local league players in Saudi. So that observers rate this team as only a complementary team in group C.
Prediction of the 5 Strongest Candidate Countries to Win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Are There Spain and England?
About seven months from now the Qatar 2022 World Cup will begin. In welcoming the 2022 World Cup next November, FIFA has carried out group drawings for the finals of the prestigious four-year event.
The draw for the 2022 World Cup group phase will take place today, Friday (1/4/2022) at 23.00 WIB. Looking at the list of teams that have qualified for the 2022 World Cup, which team has the most chance of winning?
Finally, there is the Argentine national team. This may be the last World Cup for Lionel Messi. He has had a difficult season with PSG, but has big ambitions to lead Argentina to glory in the 2022 World Cup.
Messi hopes to gain sweet results in the 2022 World Cup, as he just did with La Albiceleste -the nickname of the Argentine national team- in the 2022 Copa America. Messi’s ambitions will be supported by his teammates who are also quality players.
Yes, Lionel Scaloni has a very good squad. Evidently, Argentina are unbeaten in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. However, they have not been completely dominant. Even so, there was still time to improve his team.
In the group phase, Argentina itself is in Group C. There, they are in a group with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.
In second place, there is the Spanish national team. Spain has dimmed in the last decade. However, La Furia Roja-the nickname of the Spanish national team-looks tough under the tutelage of Luis Enrique. They made it to the semifinals of Euro 2020 before being eliminated on penalties against Italy.
Spain then advanced to the final of the UEFA Nations League in October 2021. La Furia Roja ended Italy’s 37-match unbeaten run in the semifinals. However, they failed to win the title because they lost to France in the final.
Now, at the 2022 World Cup, Spain is ready to compete again. Their squad is sure to be star-studded with a great mix of experienced and young players. They have plenty of options in midfield from Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara, Fabian Ruiz and Rodri to Pedri and Gavi.
Spain also has a formidable defense and a promising front line. Suffice to say, it will be very interesting to see how Luis Enrique’s men perform at the 2022 World Cup. But in the group stage, they are in a hellish group because they are in the same group as Germany and Japan. One more against the winner of IC playoff 2 (Costa Rica vs New Zealand).
Then there is the England national team. They are seen as one of the forces in the world of football. Unfortunately, England’s trophy count does not reflect the potential they have always had in the squad.
However, England performed well in the last World Cup. They were also outstanding at Euro 2020. England reached the final, despite losing to France.
Gareth Southgate has many world class players in his squad. With the quality and depth of their squad, they could become one of the favorites to win. England itself is in Group B in the 2022 World Cup Group stage. They are in a group with Iran, the United States, and the winners of the Euro playoffs.
Then there is the Brazilian national team. They are arguably the most dominant team in the CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. They won 14 of the total 17 matches and remained unbeaten in the qualifiers.
This could be Neymar’s last World Cup. Brazil can also compete for the title because it has a squad studded with stars. They have some outstanding forwards like Vinicius Jr and Antony is widely expected to form a deadly attacking trio alongside Neymar.
Brazil have a solid midfield featuring the likes of Casemiro, Fabinho, Fred, Arthur and Lucas Paqueta. Now it is interesting to wait for Brazil’s journey in the 2022 World Cup. They will face Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in the group G stage.
In fourth place, there is France. They looked staggered at the 2020 European Cup. However, Les Bleus rose in the UEFA Nations League to win the title.
Now, they have ambitions to defend their title at the World Cup. With a squad that is almost the same as the 2018 World Cup, France is the favorite to win. Didier Deschamps still has many world-class players to rely on.
France itself is in Group D at the 2022 World Cup. They are in a group with Denmark, Tunisia, and also IC Playoff 1.
The next team that is the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup is Portugal. The Selecao das quinas have to go through a dramatic road to get a position on the pitch of this prestigious event.
Become a favorite team because it has a squad filled with the best world-class players.
Like the tough veteran defender Pepe. Meanwhile, in the middle of Fernando Santos’ team, there are agile and agile players Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva.