The final of the Qatar 2022 football World Cup distilled almost all the essences of football. In the 77th minute of the match, Argentina beat France by two goals to zero. He also had the ball in his possession. In the thousands of places from which the Albiceleste fans followed the match, joy reigned. And that football-like – and human – feeling of reviewing how well all the players in the squad have been. A feeling passed through the filter of euphoria and somewhat hasty and lacking in memory, since the history of football is full of plot twists. So, two minutes later, things have changed significantly. France tied the match. Two goals from Mbappé turn euphoria into agony.
The ephemeral brilliance of the footballers in the usual mediocrity that is perceived from the stands. Although Argentina had a reassuring newspaper archive: the 1978 and 1986 finals had been complicated at similar times. In both she emerged victorious. Extra time in the 2022 final was a rollercoaster ride — a goal from some, a goal from others — that ended in a draw. The final play – a one-on-one that the Argentinian goalkeeper saved with his left foot – concentrated again in a second the fun of this sport: that it is sometimes inexplicable. France was able to win a match they had lost. Minutes later, Messi lifted the World Cup.
Argentina wins its third World Cup 36 years later after losing in 1990 and 2014
The World Cup of the champion team is always different from that of the rest of the teams. Basically because all the mistakes and difficulties will be overshadowed by the shine of the trophy. The story will walk the path of success. Even the opening defeat against Saudi Arabia was becoming a virtue. But that happens to all the chronicles of championship teams. The difference is in the way it is told, in the perspective and passion that is put into the story. In the heat of the moment, more real things tend to come out. Messi's (and Scaloni's) World Cup (geoPlaneta) is the almost immediate story of journalists Alejandro Wall and Gastón Edul. One followed the tournament from the press box, the other from the foot of the pitch – witnessing the now famous "what are you looking at, you fool, what are you looking at, you fool. Come on, go there, you fool," Messi snapped at the Dutchman Weghorst after the quarter-final match. Both wanted to make a book that would explain the success of the Argentine national team beyond the event in Qatar. Who they were. Where they came from. How success was built. A chronicle of urgency from the place where things were happening. Perhaps the only way not to miss the many details that made Argentina world champions in 2022.
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