Qatar 2022: Gakpo, Enzo Fernandez, Joao Felix, Other World Cup Stars Who May Earn Big-money During January transfer

Some players who featured at the Qatar 2022 may potentially secure a big move that will earn them big money in the coming January transfer.

Being known for kickstarting careers and propelling youngsters towards superstardom, the World Cup has been known for breeding these youngsters who later become major football stars. Of course, Qatar 2022 has not been any difference in that regard.

Players from every kind of situation at club level have made a huge impression on the tournament and are now the subject of all sorts of transfer talk ahead of the January transfer window.

But who is likeliest to move? And who has added the most to their pre-tournament value?

Here is the list of such players below;

  • Sofyan Amrabat Morocco Portugal World Cup 2022Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco)
  • Sofyan Amrabat is under contract at Fiorentina until 2024, with the option of an additional year, and his agent has insisted that his client is happy at a club that has been very good to him. However, Alberto Maria Jimmy Fontana has also revealed that he has already received a number of phone calls from interested clubs regarding his client, which is hardly surprising, given Amrabat has been the best defensive midfielder at Qatar 2022.
  • 20221208_Doan2Ritsu Doan (Japan)
  • Japan’s thrilling progression to the last 16 was very much a team effort, but a few individuals stood out, most notably Ritsu Doan, with the electric winger scoring crucial equalisers in the comeback wins over Germany and Spain in the group stage. The 24-year-old only joined Freiburg from PSV at the start of the season, but there is already mounting talk that Roma and even Manchester City are weighing up January bids for a player that is as hard-working as he is technically-gifted.
  • Joao Felix Portugal 2022Joao Felix (Portugal)
  • Joao Felix will obviously be bitterly disappointed that Portugal’s World Cup ended at the quarter-final stage, after a shock loss to Morocco. However, he’ll take plenty of positives out of the tournament from a personal perspective, not least because Qatar 2022 has done wonders for his hopes of securing a badly-needed move away from Atletico Madrid after falling out of favour with Diego Simeone. The Rojiblancos will be just as delighted by Felix’s revival as it gives them a chance of recouping at least some of the eye-watering €126 million they paid Benfica for his services three years ago. Felix won’t fetch anything like that figure in January, but he reminded everyone of his talent in Qatar with one goal and two assists. He’s still only 23, remember, and the feeling is that the impressively versatile Felix would flourish in a more attack-minded side than Atleti.
  • Enzo Fernandez Argentina Croacia Qatar 2022Enzo Fernandez (Argentina)
  • The introduction of Enzo Fernandez into the Argentina’s midfield has proven one of the most significant moments of the 2022 World Cup. The Benfica man made an instant impact against Mexico, scoring a stunning goal to seal victory in a must-win match, and hasn’t looked back, turning in one dynamic display after another.It was Fernandez, remember, who played the through-ball that led to crucial penalty in the semi-final win over Croatia. The kid can do it all, so it’s not in the least bit surprise that a player who only joined Benfica during the summer is already being courted by elite European sides such as Liverpool and Manchester City.

Cody Gakpo (Netherlands)

Cody Gakpo was heavily linked with a move to England during the summer transfer window. So, interested in his services has only intensified after the winger’s impressive World Cup campaign for Netherlands. Manchester United and Arsenal are both said to be considering making a move for Gakpo and PSV’s director of football, Marcel Brands, has already admitted that the Dutch club would be open to selling the forward at the right price.

  • Goncalo Ramos Portugal 2022Goncalo Ramos (Portugal)
  • Benfica have done it again. In Goncalo Ramos, they’ve unearthed another gem that’s going to make them millions whenever they decide to cash in. Very few casual football fans knew anything about the striker before Qatar 2022 began, but he was catapulted into the spotlight after replacing the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo in the Portugal starting line-up for their last-16 showdown with Switzerland. The pressure on the 21-year-old’s shoulders was immense, but he made light of it, scoring three goals, and setting up another, on his first World Cup start. Benfica are in no rush to sell, but don’t be surprised if the offers start rolling in next month for a player that is already being touted as a possible Ronaldo replacement at United too.

World Cup 2022 Final: Five Key Facts About Lusail Stadium Where Argentina And France Will Lock Horns On Sunday

Lusail Stadium in Qatar, will on Sunday receive fans, families, spectators, football lovers, among others, who will be eager to watch the team that will clinch the ultimate diadem at the final match between Argentina and France.

The 80,000-capacity Stadium was the eighth and final FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament venue to be unveiled after Khalifa International, Al Janoub, Education City, Ahmad Bin Ali, Al Thumama, Al Bayt and Stadium 974.

Lusail is Qatar’s biggest stadium and will host matches during every stage of this year’s World Cup, including the final on 18 December, which is also Qatar National Day.

Here are five key facts about Lusail Stadium:

Modern, Yet Historic
Lusail Stadium

Fittingly futuristic, Lusail’s design is inspired by the interplay of light and shadow that characterises the fanar lantern. The stadium’s shape and facade echo the intricate decorative motifs on bowls and other vessels characteristic of the golden age of art and craftsmanship in the Arab and Islamic world.

Fit For A Final
lusail stadium

Lusail will host ten matches during the World Cup – which is more than any other Qatar 2022 venue. In addition to six group stage games, it will host knockout contests in the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. The first World Cup match to be hosted at Lusail will be the Group C clash between Argentina and Saudi Arabia on 22 November.

A Community Hub


The stadium and surrounding precinct are set to feature a host of civic facilities, including housing, shops, food and beverage outlets, a health clinic and school. After the World Cup, the modular upper tier is set to be repurposed, with the seats donated to a community which lacks sporting infrastructure.

Green Stadium In A Green City

The construction of Lusail employed sustainable building practices and waste water recycling measures. The site conserved 40% more water than conventional stadium developments, with the recycled water used to irrigate plants around the venue. Made from a state-of-the-art material called Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), the roof protects the stadium from warm wind, keeps out dust and allows in enough light for the pitch to grow, while providing shade to reduce the burden on the stadium’s cooling technology. These sustainable building practices resulted in Lusail receiving a five-star rating for Design & Build and Construction under the Global Sustainability Assessment System.

Close To Public Transport

Hayya Card holders will be able to use Qatar’s state-of-the-art public transport system for free from 11 November to 23 December 2022. Fans will be able to access the stadium by using the Doha Metro and arriving at Lusail QNB Station, which is on the Red Line and a short distance from the venue. Drivers will be able to access the stadium from the Al Khor Expressway. There will be a number of park and ride facilities in close proximity to the stadium. Post-2022, people will be able to reach the facility by using the Lusail Light Rail Tram.

Argentina 3-0 Croatia: La Albiceleste Cruise To Final. Messi Scores, Assists Alvarez’s Double

Argentina on Tuesday defeated Croatia 3-0 in the 2022 World Cup semi-finals and are on course to play either France or Morocco in the final. Croatia made a confident start but Lionel Messi scored the opening goal of the game from the spot when Dominik Livakovic brought down Julian Alvarez in the penalty box.

Manchester City forward Alvarez then added the third after the half-time break, following a sensational solo run from Messi.

Croatia fall just short again, this looked like one match too far for them after back-to-back wins on penalties.

France and Morocco play in the second semi-final on Wednesday.


FULL-TIME: Argentina 3-0 Croatia

Trademarks abound

Trademarks abound

As Modric trudges off to international retirement, Messi is confirmed as the victor of tonight’s Little Magician™ mini-game. France and Morocco do not have any Little Magicians™ in their squads, so that makes Messi the last remaining Little Magician™.

GOAL! Magic by Messi!

69′ Argentina 3-0 Croatia

A brilliant run by Messi down the right wing! He gets away from Gvardiol and sets up Alvarez for a simple finish. Argentina are running away with this one!

68 mins: Yellow card for Romero, that’s been coming since pretty much the first couple of minutes.

Goes straight through Petkovic on the halfway line, entirely pointless and he’s into the book.

First sub for Argentina

62′ Argentina 3-0 Croatia

Scaloni makes his first change of the night, bringing on Lisandro Martinez for Paredes.

Croatia’s new formation

Croatia now basically playing a 4-2-4 with Perisic at left back. Very attacking but lots more space for Argentina to break into.

We’re back underway!

Argentina get us going and the second half has begun!

Can Croatia haul themselves back into this one?

HT: Argentina 2-0 Croatia

Messi makes a wonderful run, dodging defenders to take the ball to the offensive corner. He draws a foul, but the referee blows for half-time anyway.

Croatia have a mountain to climb in the second half.

This is Alvarez’s day

Enzo Fernandez to Julian Alvarez to win the penalty – both kids were not in the XI at start of the tournament, when team was based on last year’s Copa America winners. But Scaloni has very calmly trusted them, as much better options to Papu Gomez and Lautaro Martinez, and the two kids have repaid him…

And now Julian has just run all the way through Croatia to make it 2-0. Awful defending by Croatia, but tremendous faith by Alvarez, as well as youthful energy and confidence to make it happen.

GOAL! Alvarez doubles the lead!

39′ Argentina 2-0 Croatia

After drawing the penalty, Alvarez scores one himself!

GOAL! Argentina 1-0 Croatia | Lionel Messi 34′


Livakovic has been superb at saving penalties this tournament, he’s not getting anywhere near that though.

Hammered into the top corner!


Ball over the top, Alvarez is in all of sudden!

Knocked past Livakovic and he brings the striker down – penalty!

Shot for Argentina

25′ Argentina 0-0 Croatia

We have our first shot on target of the game! It’s courtesy of Fernandez, who tries an effort from distance. Livakovic does well to get down quickly and parry the ball away.

Kovacic can be elite

Kovacic can be elite

Kovacic is ludicrously good when he wants to be.

I sometimes wonder if Chelsea really know what they’ve got in him. In another life, he’d also slot superbly into Argentina’s midfield.

10 mins still: Cagey opening ten minutes, neither side yet to have any sort of success in attack.

Can already sense the referee is going to have a busy night, both sides appealing for everything.

Messi makes history with 25th World Cup appearance

Lionel Messi, Argentina’s captain and talisman, has equalled the record for the most ever World Cup appearances.

Today’s match against Croatia marks the 25th time the diminutive superstar has taken to the field during world football’s biggest tournament, taking him level with legendary German midfielder Lothar Matthaus.


The players are out on the pitch and raring to go.

Argentina will be sporting a 4-4-2 lineup, and are wearing their traditional blue and white colours.

Croatia have gone for their customary 4-1-2-3 formation, and have their navy blue kit on.

Argentina are looking to reach their sixth World Cup final, while Croatia are hoping to write themselves into the history books as the fourth European nation to reach consecutive finals.

Argentina: E Martinez, Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico, De Paul, Paredes, Fernandez, Mac Allister, Messi, Alvarez.

Croatia team: Livakovic, Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa, Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Pasalic, Kramaric, Perisic.

England 1-2 France: Giroud Scores As Les Bleus Send England Home, Kane Fires Penalty Into The Sky

France on Saturday defeated England 2-1 at the 2022 World Cup and are on course to play Morocco for a place in the final.

Real Madrid midfielder, Aurelien Tchouameni scored a sublime opening goal from range. Harry Kane levelled the score after the break with a penalty kick, after having an earlier appeal ignored by the referee Wilton Pereira Sampaio.

England had a penalty to draw it level, to make Kane England’s record goalscorer, but shoots it into the sky and it’s the worst penalty he’s ever taken for England.

Being the last action of today’s game, England were the better side, creating more chances, but they’re headed home.

France reach the semi-finals of consecutive World Cups for the second time in their history, after 1982 and 1986.


KICK-OFF: England 1-2 France

GOAALLLLLLLL! Giroud scores!

78′ England 1-2 France

Seconds after being spectacularly denied, Giroud is there again, and this time he doesn’t miss!

Kane matches Rooney record

Kane matches Rooney record

Harry Kane’s second-half penalty saw him equal Wayne Rooney’s international goalscoring record.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker scored his first goal of the World Cup in Qatar in a 3-0 last-16 win against Senegal, edging one-off Rooney’s mark of 53 international goals for his country

England are deservedly back in the game. Excellent from Saka, who was fouled for the penalty. Also excellent from John Stones, who stepped out of defence to bring some momentum to that attack – and indeed the previous attack.

55 mins: France almost take the lead again immediately!

The defence disappeared, Rabiot charging straight through the middle and goes for goal from 20 yards out. Pickford forced into a smart save.

GOAL! Kane levels the score!

54′ England 1-1 France

Kane sends Lloris the wrong way and England are back in this!

Kane has equaled Rooney’s goal record for England.

Penalty for England!

52′ England 0-1 France

Tchouameni brings down Saka in the box and England have a lifeline!

Dembele shown yellow card

For an egregious challenge on a rampaging Bellingham from behind, Dembele is shown the yellow card.

47 mins: England 0-1 France

Second half under way

The players have had a breather and are ready to go for this second half.

It is England’s turn to kick things off.

46 mins: England 0-1 France

HT: England 0-1 France

Corner for England the final action of the opening period. Foden takes it, miles over everyone.

And that’s half-time, with England trailing to Tchouameni’s strike.

It’s been tight apart from that, not much in the way of clear-cut chances, but France have been ruthless. England over to the referee on their way off, not happy with a number of decisions.

Injury time

Four minutes are added on to the end of the first half.

First yellow of the match goes to Griezmann

Griezmann goes into the referee’s book for an untimely clip from behind on Walker near the half-way line.

43 mins: England 0-1 France

36 mins: Saka tracks back well on the right, clears away the long ball that had been pinged out to that flank.

France having a better spell of possession, regaining some control after that bright period for the Three Lions.

GOAL! France lead!

Tchouameni lashes it in!

Stones makes crucial intervention

9′ England 0-0 France

Dembele plays a nice one-two with Griezmann down the right flank before crossing into England’s box. Stones makes a crucial interception to clear the ball to safety.

England have scored 12 goals so far in Qatar, conceding only twice, while reigning champions France overcame Poland with ease to underline their intention of retaining their title.

The game will also see two of the tournament’s in-form talents meet, in the guise of France forward Kylian Mbappe and England’s teenage midfielder Jude Bellingham.

England looking relaxed!

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Netherlands 2-2 Argentina(3-4):  Argentina Advance To Semi-finals After Beating The Oranje. Messi Scores Again, Molina On Target

The Oranje of Netherlands have crashed out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup after Argentina defeated them with a 3-4 victory at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar. Messi leads the celebrations for La Albiceleste as they pull away with a 4-3 penalty victory over the Netherlands.

It’s been an astonishing night but it’s Argentina who progress to the semi-finals and they will take on Croatia.

They had the game won during normal time, only to see it slip away because of two Wout Weghorst goals in the dying minutes.

But they held their nerve in the shoot-out to get through and it’s despair for Holland and the end of Louis van Gaal’s coaching career.


Time for penalties

After 120 minutes, it is time for penalties to decide who will go into the World Cup semi-finals?

ET FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina

115 mins: The fans thought that was in!

Fernandez’s strike is deflected, looping dangerously but just lands on the roof of the net. That wasn’t far away at all.

Corner swung in, headed away. Netherlands are hanging on here.

Argentina make a substitution

Lisandro Martinez is brought off by Scaloni in favour off Angel di Maria.

The change was most likely made with a view to potential penalties being on the horizon.

And while all that is going on, the yellow card is shown to Acuna for a nasty challenge on Gakpo.

113 mins ET: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina

109 mins: Montiel now shown a yellow card – no idea what that was for.

Whatever happened, he’ll now be suspended for the semi-final if Argentina get through.

Messi tries to make something happen, cutting inside onto his left foot but he fires the effort high and wide.

Weghorst celebrations

Some more shots from the aftermath of that second Dutch goal…

Netherlands' Wout Weghorst celebrates scoring their second goal

Momentum shift for Dutch

With that late equalizer, there has been a noticeable change in body language amongst both sets of players.

Argentina will be looking to regroup and press on while the Dutch seem to have a spring in their step.

99 mins ET: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina

First half of extra time

The first half of extra time has kicked off.

It has been fascinating stuff so far and I suspect we should have some more twists ahead in this contest.

91 mins ET: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina

End of regulation time

What an unbelievable finish to the first 90 minutes as we head into extra time.

Everyone in the stadium expected Argentina to pull through, but it isn’t over till the fat lady sings, and the Dutch provided a timely reminder with that last gasp free kick.

Weghorst will be a very popular man back home as Argentina will need to regroup after that blow from the Netherlands for extra time.

End of normal time: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina 


No mistake from Messi, who takes one step and smashes the ball beyond a rooted Noppert to make it 2-0.

GOAL! Netherlands 2-2 Argentina | Wout Weghorst 90+11’


Free-kick is so clever, slipped through to Weghorst and on the stretch he manages to beat Martinez.

We’re going to extra-time!

KICK-OFF: Netherlands 1-2 Argentina

GOAL! Netherlands 1-2 Argentina | Wout Weghorst 83


Ball just whipped in, Weghorst there at the near post and he flicks it into the far corner.

Game. On.

GOAL! Netherlands 0-2 Argentina | Lionel Messi 73′


His fourth goal of the World Cup, and it’s surely one that sends them into the semi-finals!


And this could seal it!

Molina chops inside in the box, Dumfries falls for it and brings him doen. VAR doesn’t need to bother looking at that.

Over to Messi…

65 mins: Blind off, De Jong on for the Netherlands. A bit more attacking ambition from Van Gaal.

Got to imagine that will be a back four now, with De Jong up front and Ake at left-back.

58 mins: Depay has been so poor tonight, giving the ball away pretty much on every occassion he comes to him.

Argentina slowing the pace of the match down when they win it back, ticking away the seconds. This has been a bit of a cruise for them so far.

HALF TIME: Netherlands 0-1 Argentina

44th min: Two bookings handed out in quick succession.

The first goes to Acuna for a poor challenge that sees him rake his studs down Dumfries’ Achilles tendon and the second to Timber for his reaction to the tackle. 

Acuna will now miss the semifinal as a result of that caution.

GOAL! Netherlands 0-1 Argentina | Nahuel Molina 35′


Messi makes this with a piece of pure genius. Picks it up in midfield, drops his shoulder and then picks out a sensational pass through to Molina.

He runs onto it, pokes the ball into the bottom corner. Brilliant goal.

Expecting some Messi magic

Every time Messi touches the ball near the Dutch half, most of those in the stadium get on their feet, expecting some magic, and the chants and clapping get louder.

The Dutch players are extremely alert to him, rushing in whenever the ball goes anywhere near him.

Nathan Ake, the Manchester City (and former Watford) defender, has spent most of the opening 25 minutes close to the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.

m3ssi magic

The view from the stands

Up in the stands, there is no contest over who’s making the most noise.

The White and Sky Blue are everywhere, with the rare sprinkle of Oranje.

La Albiceleste fans are making the most noise. They are up for it. The stadium is alive thanks to their chants.


Lionel Messi and his team-mates have put that opening defeat to Saudi Arabia behind them, and now find themselves three victories away from winning football’s biggest prize for the first time since 1986.

The Lionel Messi show descends on Lusail Stadium as Argentina face off against Netherlands to decide who will feature in the semi-final on December 13 against Croatia?

Netherlands have never lifted the World Cup. Argentina and Croatia stand between them and the final.

My Sexy Outfits Is To Make Fans And Families Happy…They Take Pictures With Me In The Stadium, Says ‘World Cup’s Sexiest Fan’

To her, she’s doing what she likes doing best as model, which is, making sure people around her feel her aura of beauty in the positive light. Her name is Ivana Knolls, a German-born model who lives in the Croatian capital Zagreb.

In 2014 World Cup in Brazil, she first attracted fame for her patriotic clothing as well as four years later in Russia.

The former Miss Croatia, 30, told Piers Morgan in a recent interview that her racy outfits have received a glowing reception from ordinary Qataris, and even says families with children have taken selfies with her.

Ivana Knoll, the stunning Croatian model whose distinctive red-and-white chequerboard get-ups have gone viral at this winter’s World Cup, appeared on Piers Morgan Uncensored on TalkTV live from Qatar.

Wearing a revealing bikini top in the colours of the Croatian flag, she claimed that she hasn’t received any negative comments since arriving in the Middle-Eastern country.

Asked by Piers if she had encountered any “resistance” to her skimpy outfits in the majority-Muslim nation, she replied: “No, to be honest. I’ve been very surprised, very happy, they [the Qataris] accept my clothing.”

She added: “Women, men, kids take pictures with me.”

But Piers pressed her on whether the response had been different in Qatar, where strict rules on modesty exist.

“Many people are here from other countries,” Ivana replied. “I didn’t have any bad reactions [to my outfits].”

Ivana has risked flouting Qatar’s laws on clothing as she posed in increasingly racy outfits at Croatia’s games.

She even filmed herself strutting down a beach in Qatar in a red and white swimsuit, pouting at the camera.

Also speaking to Piers was Qatari entrepreneur Mohammed Hassan Al-Jefairi.

He sparked a debate on Twitter last week when he criticised her busty display in the stands.

During her beloved Croatia’s clash with Belgium, a picture of two men in traditional Arab thobes taking a sneaky picture of Ivana took the internet by storm.

Ivana herself shared the photo of the men checking her out on her Instagram as she marked one million followers.

But taking to Twitter, Mohammed said in response to the picture: “Just for your info they take a photo not because they like her but because they don’t like the way she is mis-dressed on regards to our culture.

“You can confirm this with any local Qatari Probably to report it.”

Piers got Mohammed on his show to explain what he meant.

He said that he hoped the World Cup was a chance for Ivana, as well as other foreign supporters, to “learn more about Qatari culture”.

Mohammed added that “no one” would have been rude enough to directly confront her about her clothing choices.

He also cheekily added that Ivana could wear a traditional Qatari dress, called an abayha, saying she would “look good” in one.

Ivana told Piers that her outfits were nothing to do with insulting Qatari culture, and said locals had confirmed that she could dress how she wanted during the tournament.

“I respect every country,” she said. “They are making exceptions for the World Cup.

She added that she had had extremely positive experiences with local women in Qatar, with women in hijabs posing for selfies with her.

Ivana’s World Cup adventure is set to continue as Croatia knocked out Japan on penalties to advance to the Quarter Finals, setting up a mouth-watering clash with Brazil on Friday.

Eden Hazard Retires From International Football

Belgium front man, Eden Hazard, has retired from international duty.

He made the decision after his nation’s exit from the 2022 World Cup at the group stage. Belgium finished third in Group F, beating Canada in their opening game before losing to Morocco and then drawing with Croatia.

Hazard, 31, played in all three games but did not score for his country.

A message from Hazard on Instagram read: ‘A page turns today… Thank you for your love. Thank you for your unparalleled support. Thank you for all this happiness shared since 2008.

‘I have decided to put an end to my international career. The succession is ready. I will miss you.’

2022 World Cup: Gavi, Balde, Xavi, Bellingham… Top Ten Under 20 Wonderkids Who played In Qatar

For most of these next generation wonderkids, it is a dream come true for them to debut in their first World Cup experience in Qatar. Usually, it often presents itself as an opportunity for them to make a name for themselves and this year is no different.

As it stands, about 14 teenagers have featured in the World Cup so far. Several of them have already had a huge impact on the tournament so far.

Below is the list of the top 10 youngest players to have played at the 2022 World Cup;

10. Xavi Simons

The Dutch playmaker had been in fine form for PSV in the build-up to the World Cup with eight goals and three assists in 14 Eredivisie appearances.

Simons is the youngest player in the Netherlands squad and was just 19 years, seven months, and 12 days old when he featured in their 3-1 win against the USA.

9. Brandon Aguilera

Costa Rica had quite the mix of youth and experience within their squad this year. Aguilera was only 19 years, four months and 26 days old when he made his first appearance against Spain.

The young midfielder played a total of 89 minutes throughout the tournament and started in their 4-2 loss against Germany.

8. Jude Bellingham

Bellingham was one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe before the tournament began, but now the hype has reached a totally new level.

The Borussia Dortmund was only 19 years, four months and 23 days old when he starred against Iran during England’s 6-2 opening victory.

7. Alejandro Balde

The Barcelona full-back is the understudy to his fellow teammate Jordi Albia in the Spanish national side and he has been given plenty of opportunities by Luis Enrique.

Balde was 19 years, one month and five days old when he played against Costa Rica and he has since featured in all three of Spain’s group-stage matches.

6. Antonio Silva

Portugal have both the youngest and oldest centre-half at the World Cup this year which is some achievement. There was a 20-year age gap between Silva and Pepe when they both started for Portugal against South Korea.

Silva was just 19 years, one month and two days old when he made his World Cup debut, making him the youngest centre-half at the tournament.

5. Abdul Fatawu Issahaku

Fatawu just sneaks onto the list after his only appearance at the World Cup came in Ghana’s final group stage match against Uruguay where he was introduced as a 98th-minute substitute.

He did get two touches of the ball while he was on the pitch and was just 18 years, eight months and 24 days old at the time. The youngster looks like a huge prospect for the future.

4. Jewison Bennette

Bennette has looked lively in the Championship this season for Sunderland and he got his chance to shine on the world stage with Costa Rica.

The winger featured in all three of their matches during the tournament and was 18 years, five months and eight days old during his first match of the tournament.

3. Gavi

Barcelona’s Gavi practically stole the show with a superbly composed performance in Spain’s 7-0 hammering of Costa Rica.

Spain’s midfield now looks set for the next decade with Gavi and Pedri looking like one of the best duos at the tournament. Gavi himself was only 18 years, three months and 18 days old when he starred against Costa Rica.

2. Garang Kuol

To have played against France and Argentina at the World Cup must have been a surreal experience for the young Kuol.

The Australian forward was only 18 years, two months and seven days when he came off the bench for Australia in the second half against France.

1. Youssoufa Moukoko

The award for the youngest player to have featured at the 2022 World Cup goes to Germany’s Moukoko who had just turned 18 when he featured against Japan.

The Borussia Dortmund forward has been in fine form this season, scoring six goals in the Bundesliga so far this season. He made his World Cup debut for Germany aged just 18 years and three days old.

While this tournament didn’t exactly go to plan for Germany, we’re sure that we’ll be seeing plenty more from Moukoko in the future.

World Cup 2022: Japan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Other Countries That Pulled Off Biggest Upsets In Qatar

The 2022 FIFA World Cup has no doubt produced biggest upsets in the history of football during the opening and other stages of the competition currently being played in Qatar. It all started during the Group C opening game between Saudi Arabia and Argentina.

  1. Saudi Arabia vs Argentina

Saudi Arabia, ranked 53rd in the world, coming from behind to stun Argentina 2-1. Lionel Messi had given the Albiceleste the lead from the penalty spot but Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari had other ideas as they made themselves national heroes.

Argentina took the lead after an early penalty conversion by Messi, and looked comfortable to add to that with three goals disallowed for offside among other chances created. They lost all control in the second half, though, and Saudi Arabia struck as fast as lightning to equalize and take the lead. Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari’s goals stunned the Argentines, and forced Scaloni to make changes.

It was only a one-hit wonder performance from the Saudi team, but one for the record books.

2. Japan vs Germany

Then there was Japan. They shocked the four-time World Cup champion after they again behind to a penalty against four-time winners Germany but going on to win by the same scoreline as the Saudis did. Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano, who ply their trade in the Bundesliga, scored the goals with a delicious narrative flourish.

3. Belgium 0-2 Morocco

A vibrant performance from Morocco exposed the aging backline of Roberto Martinez’s side as the Belgian team ranked second in the world fell to 22nd in FIFA ranking Morocco. They went ahead to top Group F ahead of Croatia while Belgium’s tournament ended after they finished third in the group.

4. France 0-1 Tunisia

Even though Didier Deschamps made nine changes to the team that faced Tunisia, it did reveal some gaps in the Armour of the defending World champions, France. Their loss was still unexpected.

5. Brazil 0-1 Cameroon

Brazil’s Coach also made nine changes to the starting lineup that faced Cameroon but they were not immune to a surprise result. The win though was not enough to get Cameroon into the round of 16 of the tournament.

In the end, nations from six continents made the knockout stages for the first time. As the knock out stage resumes on Saturday, will wait to see if there would be more upsets.

Brazil 4-1 South Korea: Samba Boys Advance After Beating South Korea. Neymar, Richarlison On Target

Goals from Vinicius Junior, Neymar Junior, Richarlison Andrade and Lucas Paqueta have fired Brazil to the quarter finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, after they defeated South Korea 4-1.

Vinicius Jr opened the scoring in the eighth minute of the game when he fired home from inside the penalty area. Neymar then added the second from the penalty spot, before Richarlison scored one of the goals of the tournament to make it three.

Paqueta got in on the act before the half-time break, volleying in Vinicius Jr’s lobbed assist. Paik Seung-ho pulled one back for South Korea.

South Korea improved after the break and got their consolation, but the game was long since up.

South Korea have got a few men sitting deep for the counter, but it is clear they are looking to move the ball upwards through the flanks.

They tried numerous times to break down the Brazilian backline, but have struggled to create chances in this half. They made an absolute mess of playing out from the back, very bold to still be doing that.



It’s all over at Stadium 974 as Brazil come away with a ruthless 4-1 victory over South Korea to setup a quarter-final matchup with Croatia.


GOAL! Korea on the board!

76′ Brazil 4-1 South Korea

It’s a screamer!

Dani Alves still at it

Dani Alves is on! Not sure where the introduction of a 39-year-old sits on Roy Keane’s scale of opposition disrespect, but good to have a wise old head on to see this one safely over the line.

Chance for Raphinha, Brazil sub

63′ Brazil 4-0 South Korea

A beautiful team move started by Casemiro sees Neymar play Raphinha into the box. Raphinha shoots from close range but Kim Seung-gyu makes another good save.

Tite makes his first change of the night:

Dani Alves comes on, replacing Eder Militao, who was a booking away from a suspension.

50 mins: Casemiro with a lovely ball out wide, Raphinha running onto it.

Looks to play the ball into the box, blocked and bounces back off him, rolling behind for a goal-kick.


45+1 mins: Five minutes added on.

Another stunning Brazil move, Raphinha flicks it through to Paqueta who tries to be far too clever with the finish and just scoops it out to the goalkeeper.

Had to blast that with his right foot, would probably have been 5

GOAL! Brazil 4-0 South Korea | Lucas Paqueta 36′


This is a ridiculous performance. Comes down the left this time, Vinicius flicking the ball into the box.

Paqueta runs onto it and volleys into the bottom corner. Too easy.

GOAL! Brazil 3-0 South Korea | Richarlison 29′


That is genuinely outrageous. Casemiro lifts the ball into the box, Richarlison juggles it on his head a few times just for fun.

They then bring it down, lovely one-touch passing cuts South Korea open and Richarlison finishes it off.

GOAL! Brazil 2-0 South Korea | Neymar 13′


Neymar takes an age to start his run up, and with the most nonchalant finish ever he rolls it into the bottom corner. Outrageously cool.


This is falling apart for South Korea at a rapid rate.

Jung kicks through Richarlison, as he looked to clear the ball up the pitch. Brazil forward got there first and poked it away.

Not a huge amount of contact really, but just about enough.

GOAL! Brazil 1-0 South Korea | Vinicius Jr 7′

That’s the perfect start. Raphinha in down the right, cut back goes through everyone and finds Vinicius. Takes a touch and then curls it into the far corner. Wonderful finish.

As always, South Korea’s collective fortunes rest squarely on the shoulders of their talisman Son Heung-min.

The Tottenham forward put in a sterling performance in their previous match against Portugal, providing the vital assist to Hwang Hee-Chan’s winner in stoppage time.

The Taegeuk Warriors will need another influential performance from him if they are to knock out the Brazilians.

The South Koreans will aim to pull off yet another World Cup 2022 shock when they take on five-time champions Brazil in Monday’s last-16 showdown at Stadium 974.

The Selecao finished top of Group G on goal difference, while Paulo Bento’s men stunned Portugal on the final day in Group H to qualify for the knockouts in second place.

Brazil attempting to reach their 8th consecutive World Cup Quarter Final and their 17th Quarter Final in the World Cup Finals.

South Korea attempting to reach only their 2nd quarter final, their first outside of their own hosted World Cup Finals.

The winner will play Croatia in the quarter-finals, after they edged Japan on penalties earlier today.