WK-barometer: a heavy inheritance of papa Peter, and the Australian crash course by Van Marwijk

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Kasper Schmeichel (31) was a long time just the son of the famous father Peter (54), the mythical goalkeeper with 129 caps and bijeengespeelde record of achievements in the nineties at Manchester United, an icon of the Danish football. Certainly after the unexpected european CHAMPIONSHIP victory in 1992. But in the meantime it belongs to the goalie of Leicester City to the indispensable players in the national team coach Age Hareide, together with the other performers , Simon Kjaer, Christian Eriksen and the currently injured William Kvist.

The 37-times international knows his imperative command with the Danish Dynamite against group leader France: a tip pick, is identical with the certainty of second place and a spot in the eighth-finals. But by a victory, they can even pool C win.

Think back to the past to do the Scandinaven better not, because both countries saw each other earlier. At the world cup of 1998 in France was the also the third groepsduel, was the home already posted and got les Bleus the 2-1, with the current national coach Didier Deschamps when the invallersbank. Despite the fact that Frederik Rønnow and Jonas Lössl apply as good duplication, there is now a blind trust in the qualities of Schmeichel. Only a nagging only makes Hareide daily doelmannentrainer Lars Høgh pass to wrists to the full fitness of his final item. ‘On his line belongs Kasper, among the best in the world’, to save a coach, his praise is not. Against Sweden, Mexico, Australia and Peru endured Schmeichel jr. – born in Copenhagen but grew up in Manchester – the test. He can make the national team to the eighth-finals sheds?

Nigerian in Russia

For Brian Idowu (26) is the confrontation between Nigeria and Argentina a special meeting. Not only because Lionel Messi and co must winnnen, but especially by the return to St.-Petersburg. As a child of a Nigerian father and a Russian-Nigerian mother was on 18 may 1992 and born in the city where Nicolas Lombaerts (KV Oostende) ever many rubles opstreek.

The linkerverdediger of Amkar Perm returns for the first time, but the memory of the past but difficult to eliminate. Because it happened often that he as a child in the dark as fast as possible had to walk to the subway, mostly out of fear for the existing racism. After his family returned to Owerri in Nigeria, decided the taalvaardige and well-integrated Idowu in 1999 to try his luck in the centre of the Zenith. A good and correct intuition, even though he was the first dark boy was ever at the football club from Saint-Petersburg. But ultragroepering Landscrona had so much power, that, in 2012, an open letter was sent to the clubleiding, with the question no gay players or pros with a dark skin to contract.

Fortunately for Idowu two years earlier, already decided his luck to the test with Amkar Perm. It was initially Stanislav Tsjertsjesov – the current Russian national coach, initially nothing in him, but his extraordinary flexibility convinced in november 2017, however, the German Gernot Rohr, for Nigeria. On his counter are in the meantime 7 caps and 1 goal.

Crash course

A crash course was that Bert van Marwijk and his assistant/son-in-law Mark van Bommel (after the world cup, the new coach of PSV) gave to the national team of Australia, because in three months ‘ time, built the 66-year-old Dutchman on a solid basis. It ensures that the Socceroos actually have a chance to win the following round in a world cup finals, rather unexpectedly, given for the men from Down Under. Australia, however, in group C, the French, won against Denmark with a draw and with win in Sochi against the already disabled Peruvians for the second time in its history the eighth-finals to reach a world cup. Van Marwijk made a remarkable turnaround, by tactical discoveries but also, and especially, the physical limits seriously pushing for his players.

The Aussies manage to have his own say four to five systems. “When he wants to jump, we ask always to how high’, suggests old hand Tim Cahill (38). In other words: the pros are willing to go deep for the qualification.


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