Can we expect veterans to play an active part in the World Cup 4 years from now?
At the 2022 Qatar World Cup, Argentina and France advanced to the finals with a combination of old and new veterans and new players.
Players in their mid-30s showed off the dignity of veterans by making a big success.
In Argentina, who won the championship, Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), who took part in the ‘Last Dance’, led the team with 7 goals and 3 assists, and another veteran striker, Angel Di Maria (Juventus), induced 1 penalty kick and scored in the final. He cried and acted as a reliable supporter.
In France, the “defending champion”, veteran goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), who holds the record for the most appearances in A matches (145 matches), led the team to the final stage with a save show.
At the forefront, 36-year-old Olivier Giroud (AC Milan) scored four goals and led the team’s attack with Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), while Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)’s skillful match coordination skills also shined.
Croatia, who took third place, also led the team well by captain Luka Modric (Real Madrid) and Ivan Perisic (Tottenham), born in 1989, and reached the semi-final stage in two consecutive tournaments.
Korea is also interested in whether veteran players can continue to shine in the World Cup four years later.
Team captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Lee Jae-seong (Mainz), Hwang Ui-jo (Olympiacos), and Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk Hyundai), who led the team in the Qatar World Cup, will turn 34 in four years. As a soccer player, he is not young.
However, if you look at veteran players from other countries at the Qatar World Cup, even those born in 1992 can play an active part in the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America. 메이저사이트
Veteran defender Kim Young-kwon, born in 1990, who made a big success by scoring a dramatic equalizer against Portugal in the final match of the group stage of the Qatar World Cup, also showed a willingness to challenge for the World Cup four years later without retiring from the national team.
In modern football, where physical abilities are developed, the life of a player is longer, making it possible to play for a longer period of time. Gone are the days when veterans were devalued just because they were a bit older. If veterans take the lead and lead the team, Korean soccer can write impressive dramas even four years later.