The World Cup Qatar 2022 is about to be consummated. France and Argentina will define the champion on Sunday and, after that, we will have to wait four years again to experience a new World Cup event.
Meanwhile, this edition, as usual, has not ceased to be special for many because of what it has meant, because of the anecdotes that have been experienced during the course and also because of the different phrases it has left.
From the beginning, Gianni Infantino set the tone for what this World Cup was going to bring us in terms of communication. A statement as peculiar as it was controversial by the FIFA president raised the curtain on Qatar 2022, a World Cup that was filled with quite particular phrases.
With the end in sight, we review 15 phrases that somehow portray -or summarize- what this World Cup has been to date. Lionel Messi is the main protagonist of this compilation.
Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA
“Today I feel Qatari, today I feel Arab, today I feel African, today I feel gay, today I feel disabled, today I feel like a migrant worker.”
Demagogy? The president of FIFA and his phrase before starting the World Cup, thus responding to the criticism he received for organizing the tournament in Qatar.
Hervé Renard, DT of Saudi Arabia
“What are we doing? Is this our way of pressing? What do they want: take a picture with Messi?”
The coach of Saudi Arabia haranguing his players to turn the tables on a game that looked totally disastrous before halftime. His words served in the complement: his team gave the blow by turning the score in their favor (2-1) and not allowing Messi to score more goals.
Lionel Scaloni, coach of Argentina
“If Messi doesn’t ask me, I won’t take it out. That’s for sure”
After Argentina’s victory over Poland (2-0), Lionel Scaloni was asked if he planned to replace Messi to take care of his physique. But that’s not up to him.
Luis Enrique, former DT of Spain
“We have been eliminated for three minutes? Why? Was Costa Rica beating Germany? Oh yeah? Well, fantastic. I did not know, I did not know it. I didn’t know because I was focused on our game. If I had found out, I would have had a heart attack.”
For three minutes, Spain was being left out of the World Cup by Costa Rica’s stunning victory over Germany, but Luis Enrique didn’t know it. He, he says, was focused on his game against Japan, which he lost (2-1). Fortunately, the Spanish managed to get through to the next round after the Germans finally managed to win their match against the ‘ticos’.
“With another hairdresser and a plastic surgeon it can be, uh, not to detract from the ‘wig’. One or two tweaks and in three days I’m spectacular”
In a video call during Qatar 2022, ‘Kun’ Agüero was surprised by the new cut of ‘Papu’ Gómez, who revealed that he wanted to wear the same look as David Beckham, but it did not turn out as well as he would have liked.
Didier Deschamps, DT of France
“Kylian has that ability to solve many problems”
The French coach thus praised his main star after giving him the victory over Poland in the round of 16 (3-1). Mbappé has been key throughout the tournament to reach the final.
“I guess we attack badly because we are also too old up front. There are many things that go through my head, things that I should not say outside the dressing room.”
With a lot of irony, the Belgian defender exploded against his captain, Kevin de Bruyne, who at the beginning of the World Cup said that he does not see Belgium as a candidate because the squad has already aged. Internal problems sentenced Belgium to be eliminated in the group stage.
Louis van Gaal, DT of the Netherlands
“In the semifinal that we played against Argentina in 2014, Messi did not touch a ball and we lost on penalties. Now we want our revenge.”
The Dutch coach warmed up the preview of the quarterfinals between the Netherlands and Argentina. Van Gaal has almost always been a detractor of Lionel Messi and this time was no exception. His words later cost him dearly.
“Van Gaal sells that he wants to play football well and just throws balls”
Lionel Messi, hot after the game against the Netherlands, did not hesitate to criticize one of his biggest detractors in football.
“What are you looking at, fool. Go, go over there, fool”
Messi overheated in the mixed zone. While a journalist asked him a question, the Argentine star addressed Wout Weghorst, with whom he had several run-ins during the match, calling him a “silly”.
Walid Regragui, DT of Morocco
“70% possession to shoot twice on goal? I am going to tell Infantino to give a point to the teams that exceed 60% possession. We are here to win, not to have possession. There is talk of tiki taka, when you have players who can, it’s good. I know that Europeans criticize our game. We have to win for Africa, for the countries that are evolving. There is no single style.”
A little message for Luis Enrique; a small dart for the Spanish Tiki Taka. The Moroccan coach defending his style of play at a press conference.
“It’s not worth reacting hotly. I just want everyone to know that a lot has been said, a lot has been written, a lot has been speculated, but my dedication to Portugal hasn’t changed for an instant”
Cristiano Ronaldo was criticized a lot during the World Cup, but he said goodbye with these words, dispelling any doubts about his commitment to Portugal. His last dance lasted until the quarterfinals.
“You will always be one of the best coaches I have ever had or will ever have, I will always support you. We had beautiful moments, but we also had moments that hurt a lot and this last one will hurt us for a long time. You deserved to be crowned with that cup, we all deserved it for everything we did and for everything we gave to try to achieve our greatest dream. But God did not want it that way, patience. God has given us everything!”
Neymar, after the elimination of Brazil in the quarterfinals, says goodbye to a coach who marked him a lot in a very special letter that he wrote to him on his social networks.
Walid Regragui, DT of Morocco
“The most important thing is to have given a good image. To have shown the world that Moroccan football exists, that we have great fans. To reach the highest level, to be eligible to win a World Cup, we will have to continue working, but we are not very far”
The mastermind of Morocco, the sensation of the World Cup. The African team surprised everyone, made history and put defending champions France on the ropes, but failed to reach the final. In any case, they leave with their heads held high.
Walid Regragui, DT of Morocco
“I would like Mbappé to win the World Cup. He is the new Pelé, he is chasing his numbers and I would like him to win it”
Pelé once said that Mbappé would be his successor and that prophecy is coming true in Qatar 2022. In fact, the French striker has already outscored the Brazilian. In this context, the Moroccan coach did not hesitate to compare both figures and wished Kylian the best for the final.
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