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Of the 21 editions of the World Cup five times that have taken place, only eight countries have ever won the title. Of the eight champions, only countries from Europe to South America have ever felt as winners of the tournament.
Then what about the representatives of the continents of Asia and Africa at the Cup five times? The two continents are indeed still just a complement in the Cup five times five times even though they have a long history.
Egypt became the first African representative when appearing at the 1934 Cup five times. Then Indonesia, formerly the Dutch East Indies, was recognized by FIFA as the first Asian country to appear in the World Cup in 1938.
Even though it has a long history, football from the Asian continent and even Africa, which is considered to be lagging behind, is indeed difficult to penetrate the top parties. Although sometimes the representatives of Asia and Africa often make surprises in several editions of the Cup five times.
The following are the highest achievements of the 11 representatives of Asia and Africa at the 2022 World Cup five times. Some of the 11 representatives of Asia and Africa could make a surprise in Qatar later.
Australia has appeared at the World Cup five times. Of the five editions they participated in, the highest achievement was the round of 16 at the 2006 World Cup and the remaining four failed in the group stage.
Iran has also participated in the World Cup five times five times. There is no highest achievement of Iran in the World Cup because all five had to be eliminated in the early rounds.
Japan has participated in six consecutive World Cup five times from 1998 to 2018. Uniquely, from these six editions, Japan has run aground in the group stages and then qualified for the last 16 in each edition.
Prior to hosting the 2022 World Cup five times, Qatar had never participated in this tournament. They will make their debut at home.
Saudi Arabia has appeared in the World Cup five times. His highest achievement was when he made his debut in 1994 when he advanced to the round of 16.
South Korea is the Asian country with the most appearances in the World Cup and the most successful. South Korea’s highest achievement was reaching the semifinals and finishing in fourth place at the 2002 World Cup.
Cameroon has made seven appearances in the World Cup five times. Cameroon’s highest achievement is stepping up to the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup and the remaining six aground in the group stage.
Ghana has only appeared at the World Cup three times in 2006, 2010 and 2014. Achievements from each edition were the last 16, the quarter-finals, and aground in the group stage.
Morocco has appeared in the World Cup five times. Morocco’s highest achievement is reaching the round of 16 in 1986.
Senegal has only appeared in the World Cup twice, namely in 2002 and 2018. His achievements in the two editions were the quarter-finals and the last time he ran aground in the group stage.
Tunisia has appeared in the World Cup five times. In all the editions they have attended, Tunisia has always run aground in the group stage.
Seoul – Son Heung-min is in danger of missing the 2022 World Cup . The South Korean winger suffered an eye injury. Son even had to go up to the operating table to recover from the injury.
The coach of the Indonesian national team, Shin Tae-yong, responded to Son Heung-min’s condition, which could have failed to defend the South Korean national team in the 2022 World Cup .
Shin Tae-yong, who had coached Son Heung-min at the 2018 World Cup, tried to calm the South Korean public.
The 53-year-old architect believes that South Korea’s coach at the 2022 World Cup , Paulo Bento has prepared anticipation if Son Heung-min is unable to play.
Son Heung-min suffered a fracture around his eye while playing for Tottenham Hotspur in the 2022/2023 Champions League on November 2, 2022.
The 30-year-old player then received surgery on November 4, 2022. Spurs did not announce how long Son Heung-min would be out.
“Paulo Bento must have thought of the worst,” said Shin Tae-yong quoted from South Korean media, Hankook Ilbo .
Son Heung-min is the captain of South Korea. The former Hamburg SV has played twice in the World Cup in 2014 and 2018.
Son Heung-min is also the most experienced and prolific South Korean player at the moment with 104 appearances and 35 goals.
“If Son Heung-min can’t play, South Korea needs motivation to unite the team,” added Shin Tae-yong.
Shin Tae-yong said that he had been in Paulo Bento’s position when he handled South Korea at the 2018 World Cup.
A number of South Korean players failed to play in the 2018 World Cup due to injuries such as Kim Min-jae who is now Napoli’s doorstop.
At the Qatar 2022 World Cup on November 20-18 December 2022, South Korea are in Group H with Portugal, Ghana and Uruguay.
“Because the players keep getting injured, I have to prepare a plan A, B and C,” he said. “However, that does not mean we stop playing. The coach must think about how to increase the morale and confidence of the players,” he explained.
The 2022 World Cup will take place on November 20. Players whose countries will compete in the tournament are already eagerly awaiting the decision on November 13, 2022.
The teams will announce their final squad on that date. A number of football stars have been confirmed to be absent due to injury and are rarely called up.
For example, the French midfielder duo N’golo Kante and Paul Pogba and Portugal striker Diego Jota who suffered injuries. Then David de Gea to Jadon Sancho who may not get a place in their respective country squads.
Apart from them there are a number of stars from European countries who are likely to be absent due to recent injuries. They got an injury problem while strengthening the club, a few days before the World Cup.
Here are seven players from Europe who recently suffered injuries and could potentially miss the 2022 World Cup . Just look at the list.
The German striker is the latest player to potentially risk missing out on the World Cup stage. He limped along when his team RB Leipzig won 4-0 over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League match, Thursday (3/11/2022) early morning WIB.
Werner has actually returned to his best form since Chelsea’s loan at RB Leipzig. Supposedly with this performance, Werner has the opportunity to appear in Qatar.
The winner of the England Men’s Player of the Year for the 2020/2021 season is a key player for Gareth Southgate in the England national team. Unfortunately since moving from Leeds United, Phillips has barely featured for Manchester City due to a shoulder injury.
Pep Guardiola says he will be fit but time is running out with the 2022 World Cup. Of course there is a big risk if Southgate calls him up.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola also said Kyle Walker could recover for the World Cup. Unfortunately Walker has not played since last week’s Manchester derby due to a stomach injury and time is running out for the England squad announcement.
If Walker still has a 50 percent chance of flying to Qatar, James’ chance is probably 20 percent. He threatened to miss with a knee injury while playing for Chelsea against AC Milan last month.
Chelsea have sent him to Dubai in a bid to speed up his recovery. If he is fit, Reece might just be a complement to the England squad.
If Southgate calls Trent it’s probably because Walker and James haven’t recovered quickly. The Liverpool right-back is unscathed but his form has plummeted and Southgate has rarely called him up.
The player who recorded 180 caps and has won the European Cup and World Cup has rarely been called up since suffering an injury in March 2021. Now, he hopes to be called up again after playing well with PSG this season.
Manchester United’s Raphael Varane cries as he leaves the Stamford Bridge pitch on a stretcher with a hamstring injury during the Red Devils vs Chelsea match. He was sad because he could fail to go to Qatar even though he still had hope that he would still be included in the French squad.
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