Last Updated on December 14, 2022 by
Things you don’t want to do the day after losing a World Cup semi-final? I’d say press conferences, judging by the look on Zlatko Dalić’s face here.
Golden Boot-winning BBC TV presenter and potato snack sponsor Gary Lineker has been discussing the awarding of the tournament in Qatar on The News Agents podcast, reports PA.
Qatar 2022 secretary-general Hassan Al-Thawadi had criticized the BBC and Lineker for their coverage of the opening match which Al-Thawadi claimed did not present a “balanced view”. The BBC completely ignored the opening ceremony of the World Cup in favor of showing a news package that contained criticism of Qatar. Lineker said:
We pointed out facts at the start of the tournament – those facts stand. Many people died doing the stadiums. Yes, the stadiums are extraordinary, probably the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, but at a great price.
Homophobia is an issue here, women’s rights are somewhat of an issue here.
For me, it was always more about the corruption part because, as I said earlier, I think almost every country, including ours, has problems. We go to America in four years, with Canada and Mexico, but obviously America is an extraordinarily racist country, so there are always problems.
But it was more the fact that we had just pointed out some facts and, above all, the aspect of being so corrupt: they said it would be summer and it was in winter.
Asked if his views had changed since arriving in Qatar, the former England striker who played at the 1986 and 1990 World Cups said: “I don’t think anything has changed particularly. It’s been a tournament of crack but that’s football; football is a wonderful sport.”
Righto, my watch is over; Here’s Martin Belam back to accompany you throughout the afternoon. ta-ra
Oh man, and even more terrible news.
This, from last night, is fantastic and well worth your time.
And one more news, about the late Grant Wahl. What a loss that is.
And this too: Gianluca Vialli is taking a break from his role with the Italian national team to try to overcome pancreatic cancer. God, old mate.
Oh, that’s brutal. Broja looked like a hot prospect last season, and Chelsea, who were already struggling for goals – only two teams have fewer outside the last five – have lost a source.
“If Morocco somehow pull off another trick tonight,” says Ursolin Waxoh, “this will be the first final since 1950 without European teams (indeed, if you want to get pedantic and consider that the tournament in 1950 would not really have a final, it would be the first final since the initial World Cup in 1930 not to feature any Europeans).
In anticipation of the many, many think pieces on the subject, here are some thoughts on the matter:
– Europe still had half the teams in the round of 16 and more than half in the quarter-finals
– Europe only has 10% of the world’s population, their current dominance of world football cannot last anyway
– 14 of Morocco’s 26 players were born in Europe; several Argentine players (including that Lionel) have played their entire professional careers in European clubs
So a Morocco-Argentina won’t be quite the death knell for European football. But still, would it be… significant?”
It would be great to see and I would expect that as the world population goes we will see more of it in the future. The problem, I suppose, is the financial dominance of the European leagues and the Premier League in particular, which means that so many top players leave their home country when they are young.
“Obviously there’s Maradona skills and general stuff in this Maradona compilation,” emails Matt Northam, but the other thing I thought was: how good was the rest of the team?! So many opportunities for assistance have been created that were horribly missed. He had five goals and five assists in that tournament (don’t you think he’s still won?) but it should have been easier.”
I agree. It’s hard to dispute what the publication says about his Mexico ’86 effort as the highest level of football anyone has ever achieved.
So how do we think tonight will go? Morocco have defended brilliantly in this competition, and it could easily be argued that Portugal have more dangerous attackers than France. The difference, however, is that France have Kylian Mbappé, the knowledge of the champions and the aerial ability of Raphäel Varane. Don’t underestimate that last part – it’s much harder to score a header or from a set-piece against a team with him inside than against one with any other centre-back pairing. I’m looking forward to being laughed at if it makes me look silly.
This is after the Portugal game. I’m afraid to say I wasn’t even that graceful or that cold when they did this to me.
Rabat after Morocco’s qualification for the World Cup. This move is also popular at Jewish weddings.
Martin was talking about Moroccan fans a little while ago, so here’s something I wrote yesterday about Morocco, Moroccan mothers and Islam. Even with all that is wrong with this competition, football being football, it offers an affirming beauty.
Messi, however, is easily the closest I’ve seen. He doesn’t have the strength or force of personality of Maradona, but the close control is not far off and the goal power is different. How lucky to be able to see them both.
I was seven years old in 1986, and actually seeing this composition of 43-year-old Maradona is even more mind-blowing than it was then, because at the time I thought this was normal behavior for the best player in the world. I was probably 20 years old when I realized that someone would take the ball and run around everyone on the other team, in the knockouts of the World Cup, it was just him, it doesn’t matter on those pitches against that kind of defense. Sit back, relax and lose track of reality.
All the afternoon! I have some fun to share…
Well, I have to go eat lunch, walk the dog, and tie up my Panini sticker albums for a bit, so I’ll turn it over to Daniel Harris for a little while.
The English Premier League’s social media manager must be anxious to get this all over with so he can get back to his regular content rotation. They go on to play Tottenham and Chelsea in tonight’s semi-final with Hugo Lloris and Hakim Ziyech literally in the frame.
I was worried for a while that the only pictures coming through the news from Doha were of only Moroccan fans, but luckily it seems that now some French fans have turned up as well.
Regardless of tonight’s result, France have made an impressive defense of their title. They are the first defending champions to reach the semi-finals of the next tournament since 1994 winners Brazil did so in France in 1998.
That winning 1998 French team crashed out of the 2002 World Cup in the group stage which included a loss to Senegal in the opening game. 2002 champions Brazil were knocked out in the quarter-finals by France in 2006. 2006 winners Italy failed to win a game in South Africa in 2010, finishing bottom of Group F. Then Spain had a nightmare in Brazil in 2014 as champions, opening with a 5-1 rout of the Netherlands and then losing to Chile in the group stage. And 2014 champions Germany had their worst ever World Cup in 2018, exiting the group stage for the first time.
Momentarily removed from the World Cup, the latest edition of Moving the Goalposts, the Guardian’s free women’s football newsletter, has dropped. In it, Júlia Belas Trindade writes about FC Viktoria Berlin. It is an ambitious team currently playing in the Regionalliga Nordost in the third tier of German women’s football, but aiming to reach the top division in five years with Ariane Hingst, one of the club’s co-founders and two-time winner of the World Cup with Germany in 2003 and 2007, one of the main faces of the operation.
We’re expecting the Moroccan fans to massively outnumber the French at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor when kick-off comes around (still around seven hours to go, I’m afraid) and we’re already snapping photos of the fans gathered in Doha .
Frenchman Theo Hernandez isn’t intimidated by everything, according to his Twitter feed anyway.
Although France was a close neighbor and former colonial power of Morocco, the two sides have not met frequently, and some of the meetings were part of the Mediterranean Games, where the nations sent fans or a B team as representative Morocco has never beaten France.
The last time they played was at the Estadio de France in 2007, in a game that ended 2-2. Morocco took the lead in the eighth minute through Tarik Sektioui, and then Sidney Govou equalized on 15 minutes for a French side that included William Gallas, Patrice Evra, Claude Makelélé and Karim Benzema. Samir Nasri thought he had won it for the home side in the 76th minute, but Moroccan substitute Youssef Mokhtari made it 2-2 with five minutes remaining.
You can watch a highlight package from that match here to get you in the mood. It’s worth noting that there are some cracking goals, some splashy goalkeeping, an extremely hostile atmosphere, a couple of flamboyant commentators who genuinely go “Oh la la!” at one point, and a little wrestling match with Lilian Thuram.
Croatia are still proud of their achievements at this World Cup, despite last night’s defeat.
Are you a fan of Morocco? If so, our community team is looking to hear your thoughts ahead of tonight’s semi-final.
A minute away from football, a three-judge panel will decide later today whether four suspects charged and arrested in a fraud scandal rocking the European Parliament will remain in custody during the investigation or can be released.
Reuters reports that the investigation, during which Belgian police discovered large amounts of cash while raiding the homes and offices of EU lawmakers, parliamentary assistants and NGO activists, has sparked one of the biggest corruption scandals in Brussels
Prosecutors suspect Greek MEP Eva Kaili and three others accepted bribes from World Cup host Qatar in an attempt to influence EU policy-making.
Kaili’s lawyer, Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, told Reuters on Tuesday that his client was innocent, and Qatari officials have also denied any wrongdoing.
So, do you think they had a good night in Buenos Aires?
Adam White writes to us this morning about how, after taking on England, Didier Deschamps will have to beat another pupil to reach the World Cup final:
Of the many unexpected trends at this World Cup, Didier Deschamps’ growing status as the ideological spearhead of international football may be the most surprising. The French coach may not have the revolutionary ideas of managers who have taken the sport forward in recent times, but his ever-effective philosophy has an increasingly prominent group of disciples.
Ahead of England’s quarter-final defeat by France on Saturday, Gareth Southgate said he was heavily influenced by Deschamps’ approach. Walid Regragui, the Morocco coach who will face France in the semi-finals, has since added: “France made me dream in 2018 with the way they played. Deschamps understood how to do it; let’s stop with the statistics.”
French fans may scoff at the term “deschampsisme”, but it has quietly become the leading philosophy of modern international football. Deschamps has already seen an outstanding disciple in Southgate, albeit with a bit of luck. Repeating the trick against fellow student Regragui could be even trickier as Morocco don’t have to contend with high expectations at home.
Read more here: Adam White – Didier Deschamps must beat another pupil to reach World Cup final
David Cook emails to say he hopes Morocco’s progress in this tournament will change some attitudes. He writes:
I hope that Morocco’s successful campaign in this competition will stand them in good stead the next time we bid for the World Cup here in Morocco. No more paternalistic comments about third world countries not being able to host this competition. Win inshallah, or lose tonight’s game, the people of Morocco can be proud of the team’s performance.
Morocco unsuccessfully bid to host the tournaments in 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2026. Indeed, one of the saddest things still sitting in my Guardian CMS drafts folder is a explanation of how Morocco’s tournament would work in 2026 if they had won the bid.
I’m not mean*, but the French team’s social media manager is really annoying me, because they keep uploading video clips to Twitter that seem to be geo-blocked so I can’t watch them in London without resorting to some kind of messed up internet. lightning I learned in the days of Napster and BitTorrent.
Anyway, they just released a very moody montage of training clips and press interviews with the message “We expect a lot of adversity but the goal is to win”, and I’m not embedding it, because I can’t guarantee it. you will be able to see it.
[* I’m absolutely mean, and in fact a reader emailed me yesterday to call me petulant, which is also possibly true]
Do you like to apply for the head coach job in Belgium? If so, it’s your lucky week, because the Belgian FA has published the vacancy online.
Our new national team coach is extremely ambitious and has the world-class international experience, tactical knowledge and requisite knowledge as well as the right personal skills.
We are looking for a serial winner with experience managing top players. The new national team coach knows how to focus on creating a close-knit group and how to integrate young players. He is a tactical expert who supports his choices with data, technology and objective parameters and is based on the experience and sports structure of RBFA. He knows how to win trophies in the best competitions.
The new national team coach is an ambassador for Belgian football, helping to promote the values of the RBFA and is available full-time.
Applications close on January 10. Good luck!
Around 10,000 police officers will be deployed across the country in France, with 5,000 operating in the Ile-de-France region around Paris and around 2,200 in the capital, twice as many security personnel as at key World Cup matches earlier, said the Minister of the Interior Gerald. Darmanin told France 2 television today.
“Our Moroccan friends, like the French fans, are welcome to throw a party and it’s not our job to stop them from partying… but this will have to be done under good security conditions,” Darmanin said .
France is a former colonial ruler of Morocco and has a large Moroccan diaspora, mainly concentrated around Paris and the Mediterranean coastal area.
Darmanin said the Champs Elysees in Paris will not be closed on Wednesday, but could be closed on Sunday evening after the World Cup final. Paris police headquarters said security forces would focus on the Champs-Élysées to prevent vandalism and assaults.
Darmanin said much could depend on the weather, as France is experiencing an unusually cold spell, with sub-zero temperatures and snow expected across much of northern France.
“The weather, which is not very suitable for outdoor gatherings, but hopefully it’s the weather, people will want to express their happiness, which is legitimate,” Darmanin said.
The Associated Press has had people in Rabat ahead of tonight’s game talking to people about their feelings as Morocco face France.
Hind Sabouni, a 26-year-old English teacher in the Moroccan capital, said: “This game is unique, especially because France is next to win. We can show the rest of the world that Morocco is no longer the playground from behind France”.
Sabouni said his generation of Moroccans is tired of French rule. Young Moroccans, he said, “speak English instead of French, buy more American products than French, and even those who want to seek a better life abroad try to avoid France.”
“Even though this is just a football game, some people see it as an opportunity for revenge,” Sabouni said.
Kenza Bartali, a communications professional in Rabat, does not see any political connotations in the party. He earned his master’s degree in France, and lived in Paris and the southern cities of Nice and Toulon for two years between 2016 and 2018. He made “wonderful friendships” that are still his friends today. “Most Moroccan students were treated with respect,” the 26-year-old said.
Still, there’s no doubting which team he’s rooting for.
“I sincerely hope that Morocco will advance to the final,” said Bartali. “I am aware that it will be difficult because France is a very good team, but we hope for the best.”
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I have plenty of time for Croatia coach Zlatko Dalić’s comments after last night’s game, as reported by Reuters:
I have nothing to blame the boys, now we have to keep our heads up and prepare for the game ahead. If someone had offered us this before the tournament, we would have taken it. We are very proud.
Club football begins to intervene. Erik ten Hag has said he does not know when Jadon Sancho will return to action for Manchester United, saying there are “physical but also mental” issues to deal with.
The forward started the season well with three goals before the international break in September, but has not played since United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on October 22. Ten Hag said he had seen a noticeable drop in Sancho’s confidence after the 22-year-old was left out of the England squad for the Nations League games in September.
Ed Aarons writes to us this morning about the creation of the Atlas Lions who have taken over this tournament and made it their own:
Osian Roberts, now Crystal Palace’s assistant manager, signed on as the Royal Moroccan Football Federation’s technical director in 2019, and his two years in the job mean he has seen from afar the remarkable achievements of the team at the World Cup with special excitement and satisfaction.
“I was absolutely convinced and wanted to be fully on board because of the passion that football association president Fouzi Lekjaa has for football in Morocco – that’s what sold me,” says Roberts. “It wasn’t just a wish or a dream. There was a plan behind it to achieve success. For me it was a wonderful opportunity to further develop football in Morocco and become one of the leading nations in Africa where everyone could aspire to work. It almost felt like an obligation for me to get on the bus and drive it forward.”
The Atlas Lions will make history on Wednesday when they become the first African team to play in a World Cup semi-final. Led by Paris-born manager Walid Regragui, a squad made up of homegrown stars such as hot-shot midfielder Azzedine Ounahi and towering striker Youssef En-Nesyri, and players from the country’s vast diaspora such as Hakim Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi, they face the World Champions, France. According to Roberts, his success is no accident.
Read more here: Ed Aarons – ‘Expectation had to be raised’: Morocco’s World Cup heroes in the making
Last night was one of those nights where I feel for people who don’t enjoy football. Tense and narrow, and suddenly the breakthrough. I actually let out an involuntary “Oh my god, what a goal” when Julián Álvarez scored Argentina’s second. the unit The determination He had just burst through Croatia’s defense and wasn’t taking no for an answer.
Then you watch it in slow motion and realize that it involves a series of lucky touches from defenders that come back into his path and he almost keeps it under his control before the goal. The margins up to this level are incredible. what a goal What a place and time to mark it. The official highlights are here: Alvarez’s first goal starts around 55 seconds in.
What would a World Cup semi-final day be without a bit of organizational chaos? Reuters reports that Morocco’s national airline said it was canceling all flights it had scheduled for Wednesday to bring fans to Doha for the World Cup semi-final, citing what it said was a decision by the Qatari authorities.
“Following the latest restrictions imposed by the Qatari authorities, Royal Air Maroc regrets to inform customers of the cancellation of its flights operated by Qatar Airways,” the airline said in an emailed statement.
The Qatari government’s international media office did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.
Royal Air Maroc (RAM) had previously said it would have 30 extra flights to help fans get to Qatar for Wednesday night’s semi-final match against France, but on Tuesday a source at a RAM travel agency said only 14 flights had been scheduled.
The cancellation of Wednesday’s seven scheduled flights means RAM was only able to operate seven flights on Tuesday, and fans who had already booked match tickets or hotel rooms were unable to travel. RAM said it would refund the plane tickets and apologized to customers.
Fans lined up outside ticket sales in Qatar yesterday, where Morocco’s football association was handing out free tickets for tonight’s game to fans. He said he had bought the remaining unsold tickets to give away. Morocco has been one of the best supported teams during the course of the tournament.
Football Weekly’s superb podcast has been a bit of a misnomer during this tournament, as we’ve been keeping Max and the gang around the clock to analyze the goings-on almost every day. Last night was no exception. Join Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Nicky Bandini, John Brewin and Marcela Mora y Araujo to hear them talk about Argentina’s stunning win last night.
one down One to go. Tonight at 19:00 GMT at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor we will know whether it will be France or Morocco who face Argentina in the World Cup final on Sunday. What a perspective
I think everyone expected the Croatia-Argentina match to be a tight one, as it was for the first thirty minutes. But then Argentina did a good number to the Europeans: what a performance and what goals. Who would turn against them by winning the tournament now?
And who would have bet that by now, with three teams in the mix, Morocco would be the only unbeaten team left? They have faced Croatia, Belgium, Spain and Portugal without conceding a single goal. Do they have one more epic performance left to see in France? They have injuries and coach Walid Regragui has already said that he will not know his team until the last minute.
France are also expected to make changes due to injuries, but will go into tonight’s game as heavy favorites in a tie that carries a lot of political and colonial baggage and is generating deep emotions in France, Morocco and the African world and Arabic The organizers would love a final centered around Mbabppé and Messi, but will Morocco have the final say tonight?
I’m Martin Belam, and I’ll be bringing you all the fallout from last night, all the build-up to tonight, and all the other World Cup news, gossip and silliness I can muster. Drop me a line at [email protected]
Why is India not in FIFA?
But FIFA banned India from the tournament after learning that the team would not wear traditional football boots and would instead play barefoot. Since then, India have never qualified for FIFA’s quadrennial showpiece.
Will India play in FIFA 2022? India is heavily represented at the FIFA World Cup 2022. Not on the field, but in certain activities surrounding it. In Vinay Menon, the Belgium squad for the next Test will have a Keralite in their bounce-back staff.
Why didn t India qualify for World Cup 2022?
The sudden suspension came after FIFA suspected undue interference by third parties in the governance of the AIFF, which is a violation of the FIFA statutes. However, this ban was lifted after a few days, but even then, this case was very embarrassing for India.
Why India did not qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022?
The reason why India is not in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Under the captaincy of Sunil Chhetri, the Indian football team was eliminated in the second round of the qualifying stage. India occupies the 106th position in the official ranking. India’s game has also failed to get them into the top 100.
Does India qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022?
|FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|2022||8||Second round (3/5 in group E)|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Is India ever qualified for FIFA?
India have never participated in the FIFA World Cup, although they did qualify by default for the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil after all other nations in their qualifying group they would withdraw However, India withdrew before the start of the tournament due to unknown reasons.
Can India qualify for FIFA 2022?
|FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|2026||To be determined|
Are India in the World Cup 2022?
India is 2 hours 30 minutes ahead of Qatar. The semi-finals will be played on December 14 and 15, both at 12:30 IST, while the final will take place at the Lusail Stadium on December 18.
Why is India not selected in FIFA?
The reason why India is not in the 2022 FIFA World Cup India is ranked 106th in the official ranking. India’s game has also failed to get them into the top 100. Many people believe that the main reason India is not ranked is that football is not as popular as cricket in India.
Can India qualify for FIFA 2022?
|FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|2026||To be determined|
Which day is World Cup semi final?
The France v Morocco 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-final match is scheduled to take place on Thursday (December 15) at the Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar.
Who won the semi-finals of the World Cup? Lionel Messi claimed a crowning glory after Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 in the World Cup semi-finals. Messi scored from the spot to become his country’s all-time World Cup goalscorer with Julián Álvarez netting twice to send Argentina through to the final.
What teams are in the semi finals World Cup 2022?
Argentina vs Croatia and France vs Morocco, FIFA World Cup 2022, semi-finals: In the second semi-final of the soccer World Cup, defending champions France will face each other on Thursday (Wednesday night at Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor) against rival Morocco. for India).
Where is World Cup 2022 dates and times?
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022â¢ will be played from November 20 to December 18 in Qatar. It will be the 22nd edition of the competition, and the first to be played in the Arab world.
What are the 2022 World Cup times?
World Cup 2022 schedule: USA and Canada dates and times
- December 13 – 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT – Game #61: Argentina vs. Croatia.
- December 14 – 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT – Game #62: France – Morocco.
Where is World Cup 2022 schedule?
FIFA World Cup 2022 will be organized from November 21, 2022 to December 18, 2022 in Qatar as FIFA World Cup 2022 Schedule is updated below.
Who are still in the World Cup 2022?
Only four teams remain in the World Cup in Qatar: Croatia, Argentina, Morocco and France.
Which 4 teams are in the semi-finals? The stage is set for the semi-finals. Four teams, France, Argentina, Croatia and Morocco, will compete against each other to enter the final round of this tournament.
Who are still in the World Cup?
The 10 most important players still at the 2022 World Cup
- Aurélien Tchouaméni (France)…
- Achraf Hakimi (Morocco)…
- Rodrigo de Paul (Argentina)…
- Marcelo BrozoviÄ (Croatia)…
- Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco)…
- Dominik LivakoviÄ (Croatia) …
- Olivier Giroud (France)…
- Luka ModriÄ (Croatia)
WHO teams qualified in 2022 in World Cup?
The final of the FIFA World Cup will be on Sunday 18 December 2022. Which teams have qualified for the semi-finals of this World Cup? The four qualified teams are Morocco, France, Argentina and Croatia.
Who qualifies from each World Cup group?
The top two teams in each group qualified for the World Cup, with the two third-placed teams advancing to the fourth round. Fourth round: A third-placed team from each third-round group played in a single match, the winners advancing to the inter-confederate play-offs.
What are the qualifying groups for World Cup 2022?
2022 FIFA World Cup groups: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands. England, Iran, USA, Wales. Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland. France, Australia, Denmark and Tunisia.
Which teams are in finals?
NBA FINALS: WARRIORS vs. CELTICS.
Which teams are in the 2022 World Cup final? Messi’s Argentina secure their place in the 2022 World Cup final; Will France end Morocco’s dream? Lionel Messi’s Argentina booked their place at the 2022 World Cup finals after beating Croatia. They will meet the winner of France vs. Morocco, who face each other on December 14 at 2 p.m. E.T.
Which teams qualified for semi final?
Argentina, Croatia, France and Morocco are the four teams that have qualified for the semi-finals of the marquee tournament.
Which teams are qualified for semi final 2022?
Qualified teams for Qatar 2022 semi-finals
- the morocco
Which all teams qualified for semi-finals?
The FIFA World Cup 2022 has so far witnessed thrilling matches as it has been a rollercoaster ride for many teams. With many upsets in the ongoing World Cup in Qatar, four teams have reached the semi-finals, which will decide the two finalists. Morocco, France, Argentina and Croatia will play each other.
Which teams are qualified for semi final 2022?
Croatia, Argentina, Morocco and France have qualified for the first semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Get the schedule and live streaming details here. The semi-final stage of the FIFA World Cup 2022 begins on Wednesday, December 14 (IST), with Lionel Messi-led Argentina taking on Croatia in the first match.
Who won the World Cup Semi Final 2022?
An inspired Lionel Messi scored from the penalty spot and Julian Alvarez scored twice as Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 to reach their second World Cup final in eight years.
How many cities are represented in the 2022 2023 Champions League?
Why Italy is not in World Cup 2022?
* The Italians, who had not missed the World Cup since the 1958 final in Sweden, saw Andrea Barzagli, Daniele De Rossi and captain Gianluigi Buffon announce their retirement from the national team immediately after the match.