Portuguese speakers are in the spotlight this Thursday: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Neymar’s Brazil are launching their 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Here is the program.
Matches of the day
Continuation and end of the first day of the World Cup 2022. This Thursday, Switzerland will in turn enter his tournament from 11 a.m. against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, absent from the 2018 World Cup. A match to be negotiated well for the Nati because next Monday, it will be Brazil. One of the favorites will close the evening facing the tricky Serbia (8 p.m.). In the middle, Uruguay, quarter-finalists four years ago in Russia, will face South Korea (2 p.m.). Finally, the Portugal of Cristiano Ronaldo, with its plethora of staffwill face Ghana at 5 p.m.
Broadcast times and channels
Gael Danic’s predictions
Former attacking midfielder (Troyes, Valenciennes, Bastia, Lyon, Rennes…) and ex-French U20 international, Gaël Danic has 340 matches in Ligue 1.
Switzerland – Cameroon: Cameroon victory
“Cameroon. I think an African team can do well in this World Cup and I want to believe that it will be it.
Uruguay – South Korea: Uruguay victory
“Uruguay because they are used to playing knife matches during qualifying. This will make the difference for a first World Cup match against a lesser opponent.
Portugal-Ghana: Portugal victory
“Portugal victory in difficulty. Ghana have quality but the key players from Portugal will make the small difference.
Brazil – Serbia: brazil victory
“Brazil, big favorite of this World Cup for me.”
statement of the day
Tite, coach of Brazil, does not want to see his team, one of the favorites, stumble like Argentina or Germany: “The underperformance of other countries, such as Argentina, should make us think. We know that there are no easy moments during a World Cup. We can be proud that all qualified countries are doing their best to win the matches.»
Player to watch: Federico Valverde (Uruguay)
He is Real Madrid’s driving force this season, with 8 goals and 4 assists in 20 appearances. Amazing figures, he who had scored only 6 goals in his first 148 matches at Real. A hardworking midfielder with a defensive profile, he was repositioned on the right side of the attack by Carlo Ancelotti. Without giving up his energy, his grinta and his ball striking, one of the best in the world outside the box. When he scores, it’s often with panache. A good reason to watch the Celeste in Qatar.
The expression of the day: the coup du sombrero
The kind of gestures that make the crowds stand up. The sombrero kick is a rare dribble that involves passing the ball over the opponent’s head and collecting it behind. Its name refers to the hat originating in Mexico, which is recognized by its high height.
In the past, Ronaldinho and Jay-Jay Okocha loved the sombrero. The Nigerian had made one that remained famous, with Bolton against Arsenal in the Premier League, to the point that some in Germany and England call the move the “Okocha-trick”. In English, we also speak of “rainbow flick”. Today, Neymar uses it on occasion. But, of the images that exist, the pioneer would be another Brazilian, Alexandre De Carvalho Kaneko, player of the 1960s and 1970s.
SEE ALSO – The goal after a Neymar sombrero during Barça-Villarreal in 2015 (3-0)