Compact World Cup: English stars adopt « Dave », chain dog for Messi?

Then there were only four. The semi-finals are fixed. With England and Brazil, two big favorites have been eliminated. Before leaving, however, they still provide stories that need to be told. All in the compact WM.

Neymar says goodbye to Professor Tite

Brazil national coach Tite had announced his departure a long time ago, but despite the dramatic loss of the World Cup, Superstar insisted on saying goodbye to his teacher. He wanted to thank Tite « for all the lessons – and there were so many », Neymar wrote on Instagram: « You will always be one of the best coaches I have had and will have. »

After the quarter-finals with Brazil at the World Cup in Qatar, Tite confirmed that he would retire as Brazil national coach at the end of the year as planned. « Thank you Professor Tite for all the learning, » wrote Neymar. Above all, Tite’s claim to be mentally strong, he will « never forget ».

This is how Croatia want to stop Messi

Not the only but arguably the most important question for a coaching staff meeting Argentina: how to stop Messi? Croatian trainer Zlatko Dalić has already made it known that he will not hire a chain dog. So, there will be no scoring man. « But we have to close the ball’s path to him, » Dalić said. Messi doesn’t run much, he waits. But when he wins the ball, « he has all his power and energy. We can’t give him a lot of space.

The quarter-finals against Brazil and star Neymar served as a model for the vice-world champion. « If we defend like we did against Brazil, Messi won’t have the space he needs, » said the 56-year-old, who identified the Argentinians’ weaknesses. “They led 2-0 against the Netherlands and let the opposition come back. It shows that they are vulnerable.

A hangover for the Three Lions

Stray cat ‘Dave the Cat’, who took a liking to England (Site notre bureau spécialisé)ers at World Cup base Al Wakrah, has now been adopted by Kyle Walker and John Stones.

He was taken to a local veterinary clinic for tests and vaccinations and will therefore spend four months in quarantine before making what is believed to be a free transfer to Manchester City. Or much more in the care of City Stones or Walker defenders.

« He was just there one day, so we adopted him, » Walker told association media. « Dave is welcome at the table… Some people really don’t like a hangover, but I do. »

Many FC Bayern in the semi-finals of the World Cup

Even though the German national team left Qatar a long time ago, FC Bayern Munich still have the most players in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Besides the four French national players Kingsley Coman, Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano and Lucas Hernández, Croatian Josip Stanisic and Moroccan Noussair Mazraoui can still become world champions.

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Hernández may be out of action after tearing his cruciate ligament against Australia, but the appointment could still make him feel like a world champion. Five players from each of the four semi-finalists (Argentina, Croatia, France, Morocco) earn their money with the two Spanish clubs Atlético and FC Sevilla.

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Morocco became the first African nation to qualify for a World Cup semi-final. Of course, the joy afterwards knew no bounds. Since then even the dancing leg has been swung.

Today is a non-game day, but tomorrow and Wednesday is about qualifying for the World Cup final. On Tuesday, Argentina will challenge second-placed Croatia, and on Wednesday France and Morocco will face off.