Young players will debut at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar from November 20. Few of those youngsters will become stars. Below are 10 players who could become superstars at the Qatar World Cup.
Many youngsters will debut at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Few of those youngsters will become stars. Below are 10 players who excite you for the Qatar World Cup and could become superstars at the biggest football tournament.
Jude Bellingham | 19 | England | Central Midfield Jude Bellingham, a 17-year-old English midfielder, made his senior England debut in November 2020. Bellingham’s transfer from Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund set a 17-year-old transfer record. Bellingham is a Dortmund regular, scoring 19 goals and assisting 20. Southgate will need Bellingham. (Reuters)
22-year-old Vinicius Jr. plays left wing for Brazil. Vinicius Jr. has become a global star since joining Real Madrid. The winger is fast and accurate. Vinicius scored 22 and assisted 20 last season. The 22-year-old scored in the Champions League semifinal against Manchester City and the title-winning goal for Real Madrid against Liverpool. Vinicius is a top young forward. (Reuters)
22-year-old Aurélien Tchouameni plays defensive midfield for France. Aurélien Tchouameni was a hot commodity in the summer transfer window of 2022. Liverpool and Real Madrid battled to sign Tchouameni. Madrid won that war. Tchouameni, a defensive midfielder, can attack and create chances in the final third. Tchouameni’s tactical awareness, technical skill, positioning instinct, and goal-scoring ability make him a great player. Tchouameni has 14 France caps. (Reuters)
20-year-old Spain left winger Ansu Fati Football’s “top wonderkid” is Barcelona’s Ansu Fati. Fati played well after recovering from injuries in the last two seasons. 16-year-old Fati scored his first Barcelona goal. Fati, 19, has scored one goal in four Spain senior international appearances since his 2020 debut. He scored Spain’s youngest international goal in his first match. Spain needs Fati to win the 2010 World Cup again. (Reuters)
Christian Pulisic | 24 | USA | Right Winger Since the USMNT missed the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Christian Pulisic will play in his first World Cup in Qatar. During qualification, Pulisic was crucial. The 24-year-old forward will use his Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea experience to help the USA advance in the tournament. Pulisic has scored 21 goals in 52 international matches. (Reuters)
Alphonso Davies | 22 | Canada | Left Back Canada, USA’s rival, qualified for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The first FIFA World Cup finals since 1986 will feature many young Canadian footballers in Qatar. Alphonso Davies is the most exciting young player. The 22-year-old Bayern Munich left-back has won every club trophy. Davies won the Champions League for Canada. Davies has scored 12 goals in 34 games for Canada. Davies is a top left-back. (Reuters)
Jamal Musiala, 19; Germany; Attacking Midfield; Alphonso Davies’ Jamal Musiala will play for Germany in Qatar. Musiala will help Germany rebound from the 2018 World Cup. Musiala has five goals and two assists for Bayern Munich in 2022-23. Musiala scored his first goal for Germany in November 2021. Musiala could shine in Qatar under former Bayern manager Hansi Flick. (Reuters)
Ryan Gravenberch | 20 | Netherlands | Central Midfield Ryan Gravenberch of Bayern Munich is another Qatar World Cup star. The 20-year-old midfielder excelled at Ajax, but former manager Erik ten Hag wanted to sign him for Manchester United. Gravenberch instead joined Bayern Munich. Gravenberch has great speed, technique, and passing. Watch this Dutch youth in orange. (Reuters)
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20-year-old Nuno Mendes plays left back for Portugal. Nuno Mendes’ speed and technique will draw attention. PSG plays Mendes in club competitions. Mendes made his Portugal debut in March 2021 and has scored two goals and assisted twice for Paris Saint-Germain. Fernando Santos’ Qatar team could benefit from Mendes’ 16 Portugal international caps. (Reuters)
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21-year-old Takefusa Kubo plays right wing for Japan. “Japanese Messi” Takefusa Kubo. Takefusa’s talents are evident in his “Japanese Messi” moniker. Barcelona and Real Madrid taught Takefusa his tricks. Takefusa is fast, skilled, and dribbles. Takefusa helped Japan reach the 2020 Tokyo Olympics men’s football semifinals. Takefusa will play in the Qatar World Cup. (Reuters)
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