FIFA World Cup 2022: Messi wants to offer it to Argentina one last time – rts.ch

The World Cup is Sunday! As the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador approaches, RTSsport immerses you in football’s most prestigious competition. Discover the 32 countries divided into 8 groups that will compete in Qatar from November 20.

What if it was an Argentinian edition? The Albiceleste, who lost the final against Germany in Brazil in 2014, then were kicked out by the French steamroller in Russia 4 years later, have big ambitions for this World Cup in Qatar. Eight years after Maraca’s disappointment (Götze ended Argentina’s dreams in the 113th minute), icon Lionel Messi’s teammates approach this new edition with complete confidence.

Argentina, unbeaten in this World Cup qualifier and winners of the last Copa America against Brazil, will be hoping to find themselves at the top of world football on December 18. Before that, he will have to get through a largely accessible group that includes Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia, which has regularly participated in the World Cup since 1994, approaches this world championship with confidence. The Saudi team, which was somewhat disappointing during the Russian epic in 2018 when they lost their opening game against Russia 5-0, has been coached by the experienced Hervé Renard since 2019. The French technician managed to instill his team with his very defensive philosophy, and that too with success. This allowed his team to finish 1st, ahead of the qualifiers, especially Japan and Australia. Renard’s form, which attacks very little, shines with its solidity and toughness. A tenacity that has allowed the French coach to present a very interesting record in charge of Saudi Arabia, with 20 wins, 11 draws and just 6 defeats since the beginning of his tenure.

ARGENTINA

Argentina are unbeaten since July 2019. These statistics paint a picture around an Albiceleste more confident than ever. If Lionel Scaloni’s men stay like this for two more matches during the World Cup, the unbeaten run could also be a record. Thus, they will break the Italian record set between 2018 and 2021. Another record that could fall in Qatar is the number of matches played by the Argentine in the World Cup. Lionel Messi is behind only Javier Mascherano and Diego Maradona, who played 20 and 21 matches in the World Cup. The Argentine prodigy is only 19 years old and will therefore surpass his predecessors in the final game of the group stage. In addition to these statistics, the Albiceleste captain could win the last trophy missing from his incredible record, which could possibly elevate him to the top of football history.

MEXICO

If you want the definition of regularity, I suggest “Mexico at the World Cup”! The Habs have consistently qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup since 1994, that’s 7 editions in a row! Statistically, this stage of the competition sticks to his skin, he has never crossed this hurdle in the same 7 editions. For the 8th time in a row, Argentina looks to be the best outfit in this group to hunt down. With Mexican football legends Guillermo Ochoa (CF America) and Andres Guardado (Betis) each playing in their 5th final, Gerardo Martino’s men will be hoping to beat the Indian star to keep their adventure going as long as possible. They will be able to rely on many talented players like Hirving Lozano (Naples) or Edson Alvarez (Ajax) to achieve this.

POLAND

Still strong, Poland will hope to qualify for the round of 16, relying on the great Robert Lewandowski. The top scorer in the history of his national team (76 goals in 134 matches), who will carry the hopes of an entire nation, will be accompanied by some big names in European football. Supported in attack by Arkadiusz Milik (Juventus) or Krzysztof Piatek (Salernitana), he will be waiting for the spawn of his midfield teammates, especially Piotr Zielinski (Naples) or Jakub Moder (Brighton). Czeslaw Michniewicz’s formation will be looking to ride on their success in this World Cup qualifier, where they face Russia in the play-off semi-finals before being disqualified for geopolitical reasons. The Poles eventually qualified for Qatar by defeating Sweden in the final of the same play-off.

to find in the continuation of the article presentation sheets of teams, as well as program and group classification.

Also read: Will England finally live up to expectations?

Thomas Zinguinian – @ZinguinianT

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