Which lower-league footballers have appeared on the World Cup? | WorldCup

“What is the lowest-ranked membership facet to ship a participant to the World Cup? Has anybody from the second or third tier popped up in a WC finals?” George Davidson tweets.

Second or third? How concerning the seventh tier? However first, let’s acknowledge a number of the higher-profile gamers who went to a World Cup whereas slumming it within the decrease leagues. “Some scandals in Italy that resulted in golf equipment being relegated present a couple of examples,” writes Jonathan Bartley. “In 1982, throughout the fallout from the Totonero scandal, Milan had been relegated to Serie B for the second time in three seasons, this time on sporting benefit. That summer time Franco Baresi and Fulvio Collovati had been in Italy’s World Cup-winning squad, with Collovati taking part in each sport, and Joe Jordan scored for Scotland in opposition to the USSR.

“Juventus had been relegated in 2006 and had a couple of gamers at that yr’s World Cup who stayed with the membership in Serie B the next season: Pavel Nedved, Gigi Buffon, Alessandro Del Piero, Mauro Camoranesi and Robert Kovac.” Buffon, Del Piero and Camoranesi, like Collovati and Baresi in 1982, went on to elevate the trophy.

Alessandro Del Piero (centre) celebrates his match-clinching purpose in opposition to Germany within the 2006 semi-final. {Photograph}: Lee Smith/Motion Pictures/Reuters

Ace Emanuele Giulianelli points outthe long run Bangor Metropolis supervisor Pedro Pablo Pasculli received the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 shortly after his membership Lecce had been relegated to Serie B, scoring the one purpose within the win over Uruguay within the final 16. Whereas we’re on a Serie B tip – and we nonetheless cannot fairly imagine this occurred – the fantastic Gheorghe Hagi spent the 1993-94 season in Italy’s second tier with Brescia earlier than having the time of his life at USA 94. He was quickly purchased by Barcelona.

Gheorghe Hagi tore it up at USA 94.

Previous Gold purpose machine Steve Bull was within the second tier with Wolves when he appeared for England at Italia 90. So was John Aldridge (Tranmere) when he scored for Eire in opposition to Mexico (and, extra memorably, nearly chinned a Fifa official) 4 years later.

A technology earlier, Sweden’s Agne Simonsson made a fair larger affect.

Agne Simonsson from then second division membership Örgryte IS even scored within the 58 WC closing in opposition to Brasil

— 1846 (@tiller1846) November 16, 2022

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Agne Simonsson from then second division membership Örgryte IS even scored within the 58 WC closing in opposition to Brasil

— 1846 (@tiller1846) November 16, 2022

On the identical event, the Wales squad was – and we are saying this with love, particularly given what they achieved – a little bit of a motley crew.

The Wales squad in 1958 solely had 10 high flight gamers within the 22, together with John Charles at Juventus. There have been 11 from Division Two, principally from Cardiff and Swansea, and one from Division Three South.

— Mike (@themikeslattery) November 21, 2022

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The Wales squad in 1958 solely had 10 high flight gamers within the 22, together with John Charles at Juventus. There have been 11 from Division Two, principally from Cardiff and Swansea, and one from Division Three South.

— Mike (@themikeslattery) November 21, 2022

The “one” was midfielder George Baker, who performed for Plymouth in Division Three South. The present squad contains two gamers from League Two, AKA tier 4: Chris Gunter of AFC Wimbledon and Jonny Williams of Swindon City.

However the most effective solutions come from the 2006 World Cup, particularly the squads of Togo and Trinidad and Tobago. “In 2006, they took Dennis Lawrence, who was taking part in at fourth-tier Wrexham, and Evans Smart, who was taking part in in Germany’s fifth tier for Waldhof Mannheim,” writes Leigh Cartwright. “Brent Sancho, Ian Cox, and Chris Birchall had been additionally chosen from League One (Gillingham, Gillingham, and Port Vale, respectively).”

Brent Sancho of Gillingham and Trinidad and Tobago trains during the 2006 World Cup
Brent Sancho of Gillingham and Trinidad and Tobago trains throughout the 2006 World Cup. {Photograph}: Dan Chung/The Guardian

“Throughout the identical event, three Togolese footballers represented golf equipment on the decrease runs of French soccer,” provides Chai in Atalanta. “Affo Erassa performed for AS Moulins (tier three), Alaixys Romao performed for Louhans-Cuiseaux (tier three) and Richmond Forson performed for novice staff Vendée Poiré sur Vie in Régional 1 (tier seven).”

Lastly, Florian Camphausen has information of the one which received away. “Sherif Touré Coubageat from German seventh-tier membership Concordia Ihrhove did play a couple of minutes for Togo within the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations. However he was not referred to as as much as signify them on the World Cup.” Some folks haven’t any respect for trivia.

The nice World Cup flops

“Has any staff ever certified with a 100% file after which misplaced all three matches of their group? If not, what is the worst World Cup efficiency for a staff with a flawless file in qualification?” Andy Brook tweets.

Let’s begin with an unlikely contender: Germany. Joachim Löw’s staff had been each holders and favorites in 2018, having certified with 10 wins out of 10 and a purpose distinction of +39. Schadenfreudians will always remember what occurred subsequent. They had been shocked by Mexico, scraped a late win over Sweden after which fell in a heap in opposition to South Korea. OK, they did not lose all three, but it surely was a stunning flip of occasions.

Mesut Ozil in a sad crouching pose
Mesut Özil displays on Germany’s early exit from the 2018 World Cup. {Photograph}: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Pictures

Within the trendy period, the place qualification is more and more long-winded, few groups win each sport. Not one of the 32 groups at Qatar 2022 did so. Nearly all of sides with good qualification information – a listing that features iconic groups like Brazil 1970, Brazil 1982, West Germany 1982 and Spain 2010 – went at the very least so far as the quarter-finals.

We assume that solely two sides have misplaced all three group video games on the World Cup after qualifying with an ideal file, and so they’re each Mexican. In 1950, Mexico reached Brazil by hammering america and Cuba house and away, scoring 17 targets in 4 video games. However the step up was painful: they misplaced 4-0 to Brazil, 4-1 to Yugoslavia and 2-1 to Switzerland.

Twenty-eight years later they received all 5 video games within the Concacaf Championship, scoring 20 targets within the course of. In Argentina they discovered life a lot tricker. A facet that included a teenage Hugo Sánchez misplaced 3-1 to Tunisia (the primary time an African staff had received a World Cup sport), 6-0 to West Germany and 3-1 to Poland.

Tunisia's Tarak Dhiab (No10) is tackled by Mexicans Alfredo Tena (No3) and Leonardo Cuéllar, right, during their World Cup match in 1978
Tunisia’s Tarak Dhiab (No 10) is tackled by Mexicans Alfredo Tena (No 3) and Leonardo Cuéllar, proper, throughout their World Cup match in 1978. {Photograph}: Maasim/AP

(A little bit of housekeeping. Lots of the early World Cups both went straight to the knockout rounds or had three-team or two-team teams. For instance, in 1954 there was a staff that received each qualifying match after which misplaced each their group video games. Yep, it was Mexico.)

Higher late than by no means

“Which late call-up/damage alternative has been the most important success story at a World Cup?” tweets David Ardisson.

The primary one that springs to thoughts is Josimar, the unknown, uncapped, unemployed Brazilian right-back who scored two absurd screamers at Mexico 86 after being referred to as up as a late alternative for Leandro. You may examine his story right here.

Josimar celebrates his spectacular goal against Northern Ireland
Josimar celebrates his spectacular purpose in opposition to Northern Eire. {Photograph}: Colorsport/Shutterstock

“Simply Fontaine holds the file for targets at a World Cup finals, 13 in 1958,” writes David Warriston. “Within the earlier 4 years he had managed solely two video games for the nationwide staff. The actual fact he performed all six video games in Sweden sporting one other participant’s boots helps the concept that he was not initially a part of the coach’s plans.”

Fontaine did play in mates in March and April 1958, so we’re not 100% positive he certified as a late call-up. But when he does, we must also embody Salvatore Schillaci. After a high quality first season with Juventus, he made his Italy debut on 31 March 1990. You recognize the remainder.

Chris Woods: an apology

In final week’s Information, we checked out gamers who had been to a number of tournaments with out getting on the sphere. And inevitably, we made a cock-up.

@TheKnowledge_GU Chris Woods performed in opposition to USSR in 1988.

— Neil Edwards (@neiledwards79) November 16, 2022

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“Panini have to pick the gamers for his or her World Cup sticker albums upfront of the squads being introduced – so what has been probably the most obtrusive omission?” inquired Dan Leach in 2018.

Publishing schedules imply Panini and different sticker-album producers can not anticipate the World Cup squads to be introduced – and so they definitely cannot anticipate unlikely begins heroes to emerge as soon as the event. That, and the very fact the albums often include round 16 gamers slightly than the total squad, inevitably means a couple of have slipped by the web.

“A mega one from Italia 90 would absolutely be Salvatore Schillaci, who was not included within the Italy unfold,” started Ben Raza. “To be truthful, he solely had one cap to his title when the event started. The one striker who got here near matching his feats was Roger Milla … who additionally wasn’t featured. Nor was David Platt, if we’re speaking about England.”

Italy's Salvatore Schillaci runs away from the USA's John Harkes
Italy’s Salvatore Schillaci runs away from the USA’s John Harkes. {Photograph}: Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Pictures

These are probably the most notable omissions:

1970: Clodoaldo (Brazil), Roberto Boninsegna (Italy).

1974: Rainer Bonhof and Bernd Hölzenbein (West Germany), Jan Jongbloed, Wim Jansen and Wim Rijsbergen (Netherlands), Andrzej Szarmach and Wladyslaw Zmuda (Poland), Elías Figueroa (Chile).

1978: Arie Haan and Dick Nanninga (Netherlands), Antonio Cabrini (Italy).

1982: Alessandro Altobelli (Italy), Manuel Amoros (France).

1986: Josimar (Brazil), Igor Belanov (USSR), Peter Beardsley (England).

1990: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy), Sergio Goycochea (Argentina), Roger Milla (Cameroon), David Platt and Mark Wright (England).

1994: Aldair, Mazinho and Viola (Brazil), Andrés Escobar (Colombia), Daniele Massaro (Italy).

1998: Emmanuel Petit and Bixente Lizarazu (France), Edgar Davids (Netherlands), Michael Owen and Alan Shearer (England), Javier Zanetti (Argentina).

2002: Ronaldinho (Brazil), Miroslav Klose (Germany), Nicky Butt (England).

2006: Jens Lehmann (Germany), Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina).

2010: Pedro (Spain), Thomas Muller (Germany).

2014: Benedikt Höwedes (Germany), Tim Krul (Netherlands).

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Have two gamers who went to the identical college ever performed one another in at WC, but in addition when neither is okaying for the nation that college was in? After which really gone on to play that nation later within the event?

— MrJL🏳️‍🌈 (@LeechPJ) November 21, 2022

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Have two gamers who went to the identical college ever performed one another in at WC, but in addition when neither is okaying for the nation that college was in? After which really gone on to play that nation later within the event?

— MrJL🏳️‍🌈 (@LeechPJ) November 21, 2022

@TheKnowledge_GU has a staff but managed to start out (or finish) a World Cup sport with none gamers sporting shirts 1-11. If not, what’s the closest we’ve come to seeing this?

— Stu (@StuWillsher) November 22, 2022

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@TheKnowledge_GU has a staff but managed to start out (or finish) a World Cup sport with none gamers sporting shirts 1-11. If not, what’s the closest we have come to seeing this?

— Stu (@StuWillsher) November 22, 2022

“Ethan Ampadu has extra Welsh worldwide caps than appearances for anyone membership staff. Has anybody else managed this?” asks Rob Berry.

All 5 purpose scorers in yesterday's England sport had been scoring their first targets at a world cup. Is there any others who’ve extra debutant scorers (who've performed at world cups, obvs. So not together with 1930)

— Paul Savage (@comedysavage) November 22, 2022

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All 5 purpose scorers in yesterday’s England sport had been scoring their first targets at a world cup. Is there any others who’ve extra debutant scorers (who’ve performed at world cups, obvs. So not together with 1930)

— Paul Savage (@comedysavage) November 22, 2022

Englands match in opposition to Iran had 14 minutes of additional time within the first half, and 13 within the second. Has their been a worldwide match that’s had extra further minutes added?

— Nathan Westley (@NathanWestley) November 21, 2022

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Englands match in opposition to Iran had 14 minutes of additional time within the first half, and 13 within the second. Has their been a global match that is had extra further minutes added?

— Nathan Westley (@NathanWestley) November 21, 2022

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