IF England’s thumping 6-2 win in opposition to Iran hasn’t bought you within the World Cup temper simply but, we have compiled 32 the reason why Oxford United supporters can get excited for the feast of soccer over the following few weeks.
There is a hyperlink (some very tenuous admittedly) to each nation competing in Qatar.
United’s season continues throughout the World Cup, however that does not imply followers cannot get distracted by the hopes of soccer coming house.
An enormous shout-out to BBC Radio Oxford’s Jerome Sale and Nathan Cooper for his or her assist with this, on the way in which to Woking final week.
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“It is the best competitors within the worst place on the planet, to have a World Cup.”
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Qatar – United have by no means gotten previous the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Okay, we did not say this was going to be straightforward, however bear with us.
Netherlands – Present followers’ favourite Djavan Anderson performed for the Netherlands up till Beneath-18 stage, so that offers U’s followers a purpose to get behind Louis van Gaal’s aspect.
Ecuador – Former Swansea Metropolis winger Jefferson Montero did not make the Ecuador squad, however he did open the scoring when the Swans had been overwhelmed 3-2 on the Kassam Stadium in an Emirates FA Cup third spherical tie in January 2016.
Senegal – On-loan defender Abdou Sall ‘walked out’ on United in 2003 throughout a spell from Kidderminster Harriers, allegedly over not having his bills paid. Previous to becoming a member of the U’s, he scored a late ‘golden objective’ for the Harriers in opposition to Swindon City throughout a LDV Vans Trophy tie.
England – If the Three Lions are going to do nicely in Qatar, Phil Foden will in all probability play a giant half. He bagged his first senior objective on the Kassam throughout a 3-0 win for Man Metropolis in a Carabao Cup third spherical tie in September 2018.
Iran – Nationwide group supervisor Carlos Queiroz was within the away dugout when Man United visited the Kassam for a pleasant in 2006. The Portuguese coach was Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant between 2004 and 2008.
Wales – Not solely has Billy Bodin picked up a global cap for Wales, however dad Paul performed for the nation too and managed the Beneath-21s up till earlier this yr.
USA – Stuart Findlay arrived from MLS aspect Philadelphia Union in the summertime switch window, though no Philadelphia gamers made the US squad.
Argentina – Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez is in nearly as good a place as anybody to win the World Cup this winter, a far cry from making his debut in English soccer with United again in 2012, whereas on mortgage from Arsenal. He conceded three because the U’s misplaced 3-0 at Port Vale on the ultimate day of the season.
Mexico – Hosts of the World Cup in 1986, the identical yr the U’s picked up the Milk Cup at Wembley.
Saudi Arabia – Former U’s boss Ramon Diaz is at present supervisor of Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia’s most adorned membership.
Poland – Lukasz Fabianski was on the bench when West Ham United visited the Kassam within the third spherical of the Carabao Cup in September 2019. It is simply as nicely as a result of the Hammers misplaced 4-0.
France – Derick Osei Yaw did not make a lot influence throughout his spell on the U’s however he was a former France Beneath-20 worldwide.
Australia – Ryan Williams could have solely spent two seasons at United, over two spells with the membership, however he was very a lot a well-liked member of the squad earlier than returning to Australia with Perth Glory in the summertime.
Denmark – Ryan Ledson, nicknamed Lego, scooped three trophies at United’s finish of season awards in 2018, earlier than shifting to Preston North Finish. The hyperlink you ask? Lego was based in Denmark.
Tunisia – The nationwide flower of Tunisia is jasmine. United’s membership nutritionist is Jasmine Campbell.
Spain – There’s a lot of gifted midfield gamers within the Spain squad, a lot in order that Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara did not make the airplane to Qatar. Neither did U’s midfielder Alex Gorrin, born in Tenerife.
Costa Rica – The capital metropolis of Costa Rica is San Jose, with Jose the Spanish type of Joseph. Previous to a current harm, Kyle Joseph had taken the mantle as United’s mortgage star this season.
Germany – The nation’s coat of arms contains a black eagle. United had been after all managed by the ‘Bald Eagle’ Jim Smith. He was on the helm because the U’s received back-to-back league titles, remodeling them from a Division Three aspect to the highest tier. He by no means bought to handle United within the First Division as he resigned over a contract dispute with proprietor Robert Maxwell.
Japan – One in all United’s greatest ‘superfans’ is Kotaro Sumita, who has supported the membership since he first went to the Manor Floor whereas visiting Oxford in 1999. He memorably tripped whereas trying the crossbar problem on the Kassam in 2018.
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Belgium – Whereas at Leicester Metropolis, Elliott Moore loved two mortgage spells at Belgium’s OH Leuven, a membership he captained throughout his time with the Belgian second division aspect.
Canada – Mark Watson is the nation’s sixth most capped participant of their historical past, and spent two years with United between 1998 and 2000.
Morocco – Winger Oussama Zamouri had a reasonably unmemorable spell with the U’s after a profitable trial. After a short-term deal, he joined Croatian aspect NK Inter Zapresic. Which leads us properly onto…
Croatia – Cut up is Croatia’s second metropolis. Again within the day, United ran out to TV’s The Banana Splits.
Brazil – Cult determine Ricardinho was a massively fashionable throughout his time with the U’s. He received the gamers’ participant of the yr award on the finish of the 2017/18 season.
Serbia – Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic performed the complete 90 minutes of Newcastle United’s 3-0 defeat in an FA Cup fourth spherical conflict on the Kassam in 2017.
Switzerland – The capital metropolis is Bern, and former striker John Byrne loved a spell with United within the Nineteen Eighties, bagging 19 objectives in 66 appearances.
Cameroon – Proper again Olivier Mbaizo is a former teammate of Stuart Findlay at Philadelphia Union.
Uruguay – Mateo Corbo hung out with the U’s throughout the mid-noughties, earlier than a transfer to Newcastle Jets in Australia.
Portugal – At 37, it very a lot seems like Cristiano Ronaldo’s final likelihood to win the World Cup. Again in 2006, his first sport in English soccer after the event in Germany was on the Kassam. The pleasant adopted Ronaldo’s wink after Pink Devils teammate Wayne Rooney noticed pink for a stamp on Ricardo Carvalho throughout England’s World Cup defeat.
Ghana – The U’s got here up in opposition to Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew earlier this season when the edges met within the Carabao Cup on the Kassam.
South Korea – Former academy supervisor Dan Harris, who left the membership in the summertime, joined United after a spell with Seoul E-Land.