Van Gaal bans Tim Krul: “It’s the consequence”
Thursday, September 22: At the 2014 World Cup he was still the celebrated hero, this year he has to follow the World Cup from home: Tim Krul has no future in the Dutch national team for the time being. Bond coach Louis van Gaal confirmed this to the AD newspaper before the Nations League game against Poland (2-0).
The background: The Norwich City goalkeeper was not called up for the internationals in September, but was nevertheless invited to a special penalty practice session at the Dutch national team campus. “Krul called me to tell me that he would pass,” explained van Gaal – and reacted promptly: “There is no future for him at Oranje because he didn’t want to come. That’s the consequence of his decision.” In Brazil 2014, Krul von Gaal came on as a substitute for the penalty shoot-out against Costa Rica and then saved the decisive penalty.
Social media star: Ronaldo earns so many millions with an Instagram post
Wednesday September 21: Cristiano Ronaldo remains the most influential soccer player on Instagram ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar – overtaking his rival Lionel Messi and his team-mate Neymar in the process.
According to an analysis carried out by the English company Nielsen Gracenote, a post by the Manchester United attacker brings in almost $3.5 million on average. A house number with which Ronaldo surpasses PSG professionals Messi and Neymar in the ranking.
Guus Hiddink makes a brief comeback to Australia’s coaching bench
Tuesday, September 20: Former national coach Guus Hiddink returns to the Australia national team bench for a game. The 75-year-old is working as an assistant to head coach Graham Arnold in the World Cup friendly against New Zealand. “Arnie called me. There was no question. He said: I want you to come,” Hiddink explained. “I didn’t hesitate for a second and said: I’m coming.”
Hiddink coached Australia during the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Arnold was his assistant at the time. Four years earlier, Hiddink had surprisingly led the then co-hosts South Korea into the World Cup semi-finals, where they lost 1-0 to Germany. At the World Cup in Qatar, Australia will play in group D against world champions France, Tunisia and Denmark.
Soccer World Cup – Stadiums in Qatar
- Lusail Stadium (Lusail City) – 80,000 spectators / built in 2017
- Stadium 974 (Doha) – 40,000 spectators / built in 2021
- al-Bayt Stadium (al-Khour) – 60,000 spectators / built in 2014
- al-Thumama Stadium (Doha) – 40,000 spectators / built in 2021
- Khalifa International Stadium (al-Rayyan) – 45,416 spectators / built in 1976
- Ahmed bin Ali Stadium (al-Rayyan) – 40,000 spectators / built in 2003
- al-Janoub Stadium (al-Wakra) – 40,000 spectators/ built in 2014
- Education City Stadium (al-Rayyan) – 40,000 spectators / built in 2016
All football world champions since 1930
2018 France (2nd)
2014 Deutschland (4.)
2010 Spain (1st)
2006 Italy (4th)
2002 Brazil (5th)
1998 France (1st)
1994 Brazil (4th)
1990 Deutschland (3.)
1986 Argentina (2nd)
1982 Italy (3rd)
1978 Argentina (1st)
1974 Deutschland (2.)
1970 Brazil (3rd)
1966 England (1.)
1962 Brazil (2nd)
1958 Brazil (1st)
1954 Deutschland (1.)
1950 Uruguay (2.)
1938 Italy (2nd)
1934 Italy (1st)
1930 Uruguay (1.)
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