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.
The story of Mesut Ozil and the 4 Stars at the 2010 World Cup: Who Remembers?
The 2010 World Cup brought its own blessings for Mesut Ozil. After the biggest football tournament in South Africa, Ozil was in the sights of many flashy European clubs. However, it was Real Madrid who managed to attract the former Werder Bremen to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid is not wrong. At the 2010 World Cup , Ozil performed well with the German national team which earned him a Golden Ball Award nomination.
Keep it up
The Best Young Player went to his teammate, Thomas Müller. But Ozil was still flooded with praise for his outstanding talent throughout the tournament.
Germany’s success in scoring 16 goals throughout the tournament, including 4-1 over England in the round of 16, cannot be separated from the contribution of the man born on October 18, 1988. Not a few have predicted that Ozil, who visited Indonesia some time ago, has a bright future.
Sure enough, his arrival to Real Madrid was not in vain. From 2010 to 2013, Ozil won one La Liga, Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup. Arsenal also used his services, from 2011 to 2021, before finally continuing his career to Turkey with Fenerbahçe and stanbul Başakşehir.
Ozil was not the only one in the spotlight at that time. Want to know who else? Let’s look at four of them below:
Some people may not know him anymore. However, 12 years ago in South Africa, Gyan was one of the stars of the game. The 36-year-old striker helped Ghana reach the quarter-finals before falling 2-4 against Uruguay in a penalty shootout.
The most dramatic moment that made an impression on the hearts of the people of Ghana was when Gyan missed a penalty following a handball by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in extra time. If only Gyan could hit the round skin, it is certain that Ghana won 2-1 and qualified for the next phase.
Robben will be remembered as a brilliant player who has colored the journey of modern football. The man who is known for his lightning strikes from the left wing was a mainstay of the Netherlands at the 2010 World Cup. He scored the first goal in a 2-1 win in the last 16 over Slovakia, and a 3-2 victory over Uruguay in the semifinals.
Unfortunately, in the final, Robben and colleagues had to lose painfully to Spain. It hurts, because before the tournament, the Dutch were predicted to come out as champions and at the same time end failure after failure at the biggest football party. In the 1974 and 1978 editions, De Oranje also fell in the top party.
For Manchester United fans, Schweinsteiger does not deserve to be remembered as a great legend like George Best, Roy Keane, Gary Neville, or the dandy David Beckham. However, for the people of Germany, Schweinsteiger is still an idol worthy of thumbs up.
At the 2010 World Cup, Schweinsteiger was toxic. He had a big role in bringing Panzer Europe to the semifinals, although in the end he had to be willing to finish in third place. His best performance was presented when Germany crushed four goals without replying.
After 1964, Spain was never again on the throne of champions. Long awaited, Team Matador back on the podium of honor at the 2010 World Cup.
A long wait that pays off legit. Who is the most meritorious? All! But one that deserves to be praised as high as the sky is David Villa.
She is charming. Top performance. The Barcelona legend scored five of Spain’s eight goals on the way to his glory. At its peak, he took part in lifting the trophy at the end of the battle after defeating the Netherlands in the final.
2022 World Cup: The First Time There Are Six AFC Representatives
The 2022 World Cup is only a few months away before it starts in November. The biggest football competition in the world will be the first moment that six representative teams from the AFC qualify.
Every edition of the World Cup, the quota for representatives from the AFC is limited. There are only four slots provided through the qualifying zone.
Compared to other continents, the quota for the AFC is always small. In fact, the number of members is quite large, even more than the South American continent (CONMEBOL) which usually sends up to five representatives.
In the last 20 years, or since the Asian continent hosted the first World Cup in 2002, the range of representatives from the AFC is between four and five teams. Only in 2022, there are a total of six teams representing the AFC.
The following is a list of World Cup participants since 2002 from AFC representatives.
The World Cup took a big step by giving the Asian continent the chance to host it. Japan and South Korea at that time had the honor by being co-hosts.
Although it is certain that two Asian countries will host it, the number of representatives from the AFC remains limited. In that edition, there were only a total of four representatives from the AFC.
Apart from Japan and South Korea, there are also Saudi Arabia and the Republic of China. The two hosts managed to win their respective groups, while the other two AFC teams languished at the bottom of the standings.
Germany was given the honor to host the 2006 edition of the World Cup. The home team only lasted until the semifinals after losing to Italy in extra time.
In that edition, there were only four AFC representatives. Among them, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, and Iran. At that time, Australia was still considered a representative of the OFC or Oceania zone.
The four AFC representatives died quickly. None of them made it past the group stage.
The host of the 2010 World Cup was handed over to one of the countries on the African continent, namely South Africa. Unfortunately, the fate of the home team was short because they did not qualify from the group stage.
In this edition, Australia has been categorized as the representative of the AFC. However, the total representation is still only four countries.
Besides Australia, there are South Korea, Japan, and North Korea. Again, only South Korea and Japan can qualify from the group stage.
One of the world’s soccer powers, Brazil was appointed to host the 2014 World Cup. Unfortunately, Brazil could only rank fourth, after being beaten 1-7 by Germany in the semifinals and losing 0-3 to the Netherlands in the fight for third place.
Again, there were only four AFC representatives. Among them, South Korea, Australia, Japan, and Iran.
However, compared to previous editions of the World Cup, this edition is the most stifling for AFC representatives. Because, all of them finished as caretaker in their respective groups.
After a long wait, the AFC was finally able to have up to six representatives at the 2022 World Cup. Incidentally, the host’s quota had stopped again on the Asian continent. Qatar has the honor.
Apart from Qatar, other AFC representatives who qualified were Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. All of them passed through the qualifying path for the Asian zone.
Then, Australia heroically made the dream of increasing the number of AFC representatives in the World Cup come true. Through the intercontinental qualifying path, Australia sealed a place in the World Cup after beating Peru.
As a result, the 2022 World Cup will be lively with many AFC representatives who qualify. However, how far will these countries go?
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:
This is the Favorite Team to Win the 2022 World Cup, 6 of these teams are the most powerful, 2 of them in the Hell Group?
1. France – Les Blues
Les Blues come to Qatar with their heads held high. He failed in the 2020 European Cup. He managed to become a champion in the 2020/2021 UEFA Nations League after defeating Spain 2:1 in the final.
In his last 9 matches he scored 26 goals, 7 wins and 2 draws. And only conceded 6 goals.
Apart from that score, France also has a fairly complete squad, including Raphael Varane, Kylian Mbappe, N’Golo Kante, and Aurelien Tchouameni, plus Karim Benzema and Theo Hermandez.
2. Germany – Die Mannschaft
To be an outstanding team with promising young players.
The captain of the Dutch national team, Virgil van Dijk, made a promise about his target at the 2022 World Cup after learning that Louis van Gaal had cancer.
Virgil van Dijk was as surprised as many people when he learned that his coach at the Dutch national team, Louis van Gaal, had prostate cancer.
Van Gaal just announced his condition on Sunday (3/4/2022).
In an interview with a Dutch TV station called Humberto, Van Gaal admitted that he had been undergoing treatment in recent months.
The players in the Dutch national team also only found out about Van Gaal’s condition that day.
Van Dijk admitted that he immediately contacted the coach as soon as the news reached him.
The Dutch national team coach, Louis van Gaal gave unpleasant news about his health condition. The figure who was once the manager of Manchester United stated that he had prostate cancer.
Louis van Gaal is a long-time figure in football. He has experience coaching at many clubs. In fact, including at this time, the 70-year-old man has been the coach of the Dutch national team three times.
At club level, Louis van Gaal has brought Ajax to victory at domestic and European levels. He brought Ajax to the 1993/1994 Champions League champions. He has also had good results with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Van Gaal’s name had disappeared from circulation after being sacked by United in May 2016. However, in August 2021, he decided to accept the challenge of becoming the coach of the Netherlands. Check out the full review below, OK?
Cancer Announcement from Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal has just completed his task of leading the Dutch national team to play two international friendly matches. The Netherlands won 4-2 against Denmark and drew 1-1 against Germany.
As if nothing bad happened to Louis van Gaal in those two games. But, surprisingly he made a confession of having been diagnosed with prostate cancer and deliberately kept it a secret from the public.
“I don’t want to tell my players because it could affect their performance,” said Louis van Gaal, quoted by BBC Sport.
“In every period during my time as manager of the national team, I had to go out at night to go to the hospital without the players knowing until now. While thinking I am healthy, but.. I am not healthy,” said Louis van Gaal.