Players to watch at the 2022 World Cup

18 Nov

The World Cup this year is different. Like me, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that there is a World Cup this year. Spring and summer came without a reminder and now, with Thanksgiving just a few days away, the Qatar World Cup approaches. There is a lot wrong with this World Cup- it’s being held in a tiny country that, rather than being picked for its modernity and infrastructure, had to build infrastructure from scratch to host the Games. Its cultural conservatism doesn’t bode well for an international party on the scale of the World Cup. But there is one perennial highlight of the World Cup every four years, and that is the plethora of handsome dudes competing from around the globe. I’ve done the difficult but necessary task of compiling what I consider to be the highlights of the tournament. In alphabetical order:

Argentina – Lautaro Martinez

Australia – Matthew Leckie

Belgium – Thomas Meunier

Brazil – Eder Militao

Cameroon – Karl Toko Ekambi

Canada – Steven Vitoria

Costa Rica – Kendall Waston

Croatia – Mateo Covacic

Denmark – Kasper Schmeichel

Ecuador – Moises Caicedo

England – Callum Wilson

France – Olivier Giroud

Germany – Manuel Neuer

Ghana – Osman Bukari

Iran – Shoja Khalilzadeh

Japan – Maya Yoshida

Mexico – Hector Moreno

Morocco – Zakaria Aboukhlal

Netherlands – Daley Blind

Poland – Robert Lewandowski

Portugal – Rui Patricio

Qatar – Ahmed Alaaeldin

Saudi Arabia – Nawaf Al-Abed

Senegal – Edouard Mendy

Serbia – Marko Dmitrovic

South Korea – Kim Moon Hwon

Spain – Alvaro Morata

Switzerland – Yann Sommer

Tunisia – Naim Sliti

Uruguay – Edinson Cavani

USA – Christian Pulisic

Wales – Gareth Bale

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