World Cup 2022 who decides this version contrary to expectations? England’s defeat against France on Saturday means the end of the English dream of winning the World Cup in Qatar 2022.
But that dream still haunts four other teams: Argentina, Croatia, France and Morocco – each with ambitions of lifting the World Cup in a week’s time.
World Cup 2022 who decides this version contrary to expectations?
We are in the midst of a semi-final that many have not thought of, but which nonetheless promises a lot of interesting stories in the next few days.
Are these the days of Messi?
Most of the stories revolve around Messi, especially these days, with the Argentine national team approaching the dream of winning the World Cup for the first time in nearly 36 years.
And Messi, 35, has made a history full of tournaments, winning ten titles in the Spanish League, another in France, four titles in the Champions League, the Copa America 2021, and a record for obtaining the Golden Ball (seven times) – as the best player. in the world in those years.
But unlike the greats of all time, the likes of Brazil’s Pele and Argentina’s Maradona, Messi has yet to win the World Cup – the game’s greatest prize.
It has been 36 years since Tango dancers won the World Cup, led by legend Maradona, in 1986.
The most that Messi reached with his country in the World Cup was the runner-up title in 2014 in front of the German machines.
Will Messi do it and dedicate the World Cup to his country from Qatar? Then, perhaps, Lionel will secure a position that no other soccer legend has ever reached in history.
Is there more encouragement the Atlas Lions could get?
Moroccans have already made history. The Atlas Lions became the first African and Arab team from a Muslim-majority country to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.
The Moroccan team defied expectations by reaching this role, although it includes among its ranks great players such as Hakim Ziyech, the Chelsea player, and Ashraf Hakimi, the Paris Saint-Germain player.
The Moroccans were able to top a group that included both Croatia and Belgium, before defeating the Spaniards in the round of sixteen and then the Portuguese in the quarter-finals, to advance with hopes to the semi-finals.
The iron defense and unyielding persistence played a major role in the Atlas Lions achieving this achievement. No team’s attack has yet penetrated the Moroccans’ defense – the only goal they conceded, a fluke from a defensive error, came against Canada.
Can France retain the title?
But the path of the Moroccans is blocked by one of the best European teams – France. The French roosters are seeking to do what no team has been able to do since Brazilian samba dancers succeeded 60 years ago in 1962 – to retain the title.
Recent years have seen the defending champions – the likes of Italy, Spain and Germany – falter with early exits from tournaments over 12 years, but France has escaped that curse.
And after defeating England on Saturday evening, the French became the first team to defend the title to reach the semi-finals, after Brazil in the 1998 World Cup.
But France coach Didier Deschamps now focuses his attention on the Morocco match.
When asked about his expectations for the World Cup final for the second time in a row, Deschamps said: “We should not think too much about what has not happened yet.”
Would Croatia do it again?
It is possible that we will witness a repeat of the 2018 World Cup final if France beats Morocco and Croatia ousts Argentina. Here again, Croatia is among the big four, showing exceptional persistence.
Four years ago, Croatia eliminated Denmark and Russia on penalties on their way to the final. This year Croatia did the same with both Japan and Brazil.
The last time Croatia won a 90-minute match in a World Cup knockout round was 24 years ago in 1998 – when they knocked out the German machines in the quarter-finals 3-0.
However, Croatia’s presence in the World Cup in Qatar this year is distinguished by the performance of Maestro Luka Modric, the 37-year-old central midfielder.
Despite extending the time of the matches by extra innings, Modric looks great as usual.
And after Croatia loaded the Argentine tango dancers with a clean triple in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, the Croatian team should never be underestimated.