As the Argentine soccer team advanced to the finals of the Qatar World Cup, an analysis came out saying that mate tea, which they enjoy drinking, became a big driving force. The World Cup final will be held at Lusail Stadium at midnight on the 19th.
According to the New York Times (NYT), the Argentine national team brought 1,100 pounds (498 kg) of tea leaves (yerba mate), an ingredient used in South American mate tea, for this World Cup.
This is at least twice as much compared to the neighboring countries Brazil and Uruguay, who brought in 26 pounds (12 kg) and 530 pounds (240 kg), respectively. The NYT said, “This amount was enough for the players, coaches, trainers, and staff who expected to stay until the finals to drink together.”
Yerba mate is a type of tea made by grinding several tea leaves. It is a national drink in Argentina that is drunk by drinking through a straw after pouring a handful of leaves into a specially made matera container and pouring water at 70℃~80℃. After one person drinks, another person pours more tea leaves and hot water into the same container and drinks it.
Yerbamate is said to have antioxidant effects due to its high content of polyphenols. It is a natural drink that has been drunk for a long time, and you can lessen your worries about doping. Eurosport said, “Mate tea boosts concentration and reflexes, while combating stress and fatigue.”
Lionel Messi, who is dancing the ‘last dance’ at this World Cup, is also known as a ‘big fan’ of mate tea. The NYT said, “Almost all players, including Messi, drank mate tea.”
Argentine midfielder Alexis McAllister told the New York Times, “(Yerbamate) has caffeine in it.” Still, he added, “more than anything else I drink it to bring us together.” This means that yerba mate played a central role in the Argentine national team in forming a consensus by sharing and drinking rather than ‘ingredients’. 토토사이트
“It’s like water to us,” Sebastian Driushi, who played for the Argentine youth national team, explained to the NYT. Juan Jose Shchowski, director of the Yerba Mate National Laboratory, also told the NYT, “Drinking mate tea in Argentina is more than a simple habit.”
Controversy arose when it was revealed that the yerba mate that Argentina brought to the World Cup was a product of Uruguay, not its own country. For us, it means that we took Japanese ginseng tea, not Korean ginseng tea. Luis Mario Pastori, former member of the House of Representatives of Misiones, famous for its yerbamate production, wrote on social media, “There are dozens of yerbamate brands produced in the Argentine states of Misiones and Corrientes. However, our national soccer team airlifted products from Uruguay,” he criticized, saying, “This is incomprehensible and provocative.”
France beat Morocco 2-0 in the semi-finals with consecutive goals from Theo Hernandez (AC Milan) in the first half and Colo Muani (Frankfurt) in the second half. France had previously won the World Cup twice.
This final draws attention as a head-to-head clash between Messi, who has reigned as the world’s best striker for the past 10 years, and Mbappe, who is by far the leading goal scorer of the new generation. Messi and Mbappe, who are eating together at Paris Saint-Germain in the French Ligue 1, have an unavoidable confrontation as yesterday’s colleagues became today’s enemies.