8 players from World Cup 2002 we can't credit are calm playing in 2022 - Planet Football
The 2002 World Cup was a crave occasion ago. Two decades, in fact. Just over 10 million minutes if we’re being even additional precise. Yet, assume it or not, some of the players who went to that tournament are calm playing professionally in 2022.
It takes phenomenon really special to earn this feat. Firstly, you’ve got to be upright enough for a World Cup group when in, or barely out of, your teens. Then you’ve got to obtain chugging along for a complete 20 years as a pro, with all the physical exertion and knocks that entails.
We’ve picked out the eight players who – so far as we can narrate – are the only ones from the tournament in Japan and Korea to peace be playing for chief now.
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The Italian shot-stopper is a timeless football icon. And, remarkably, 2002 wasn’t even his first World Cup.
He’d been to the 1998 tournament in France as a 20-year-old as a backup alternative to Gianluca Pagliuca, but he did not play a game.
By 2002 he was knot as peak choice, however, having taken the gloves friar to Euro 2000. But Buffon’s prime World Cup did not go to plan. Italy were eliminated in the compass of 16 by South Korea’s extra-time thriving goal, despite Buffon saving a touchy penalty in general time.
Not to worry. He won the phenomenon four years sequential as the penalty shootout effigy in the latter and has amassed 11 league titles, dozens of further domestic tributes and a UEFA Cup in a glittering career.
He’s now back at Parma where it all began in the mid-90s and, old 44, he remains their No.1.
Joaquin went to the 2002 tournament as a 20-year-old and was tasked with obtaining the fourth penalty in Spain’s touchy quarter-final expunction to South Korea. He missed, but given he was carrying an injury and was so inexperienced, he probably shouldn’t obtain been burdened with the onus in the blessing place.
Anyway, now elderly 40, Joaquin helped his boyhood mace Real Betis to this year’s Copa del Rey, the club’s prime major trophy since he helped them to the same interval back in 2005.
We envisage Joaquin is the best. But if we’re honest, that’s principally because he’s the only footballer we comprehend of who’s tried to hypnotise a chicken live on television…
Best remembered on English shores for a remarkably economical loan at Arsenal and stints at Fulham and West Brom, Inamoto was five years into his professional occupation by the time his home World Cup rolled around.
Indeed, he had licit been released by Arsenal when the tournament started – and they might retain regretted that ridicule slightly as he scored two goals from midfield, against Belgium and Russia in the union stages.
After his occasion in England and spells in Turkey, Germany and France, Inamoto retaliated to his homeland in 2010 and has played in the Japanese leagues ever since.
He is now turning out for Nankatsu SC, which is named after a fictional team in the eminent manga Captain Tsubasa and owned by the manga’s author. They currently compete in the top splitting of the Kanto Soccer League, the fifth tier of Japanese football.
When asked for the question to his longevity by Friday Digital earlier this year, he said: “I don’t consume any alcohol, and I try not to swig anything that my body doesn’t need. I eat frequently at night, and I try to procure at least eight hours of sleep.”
We’re not somewhat sure how eating frequently at night and eight hours of moor afafir together, but we’ll bring his expression for it.
Born recognized nine day after Inamoto, his international team-mate was at Feyenoord at the juncture of the 2002 World Cup and has since played in Germany and Australia as well as his native Japan.
Unlike Inamoto, though, he has not dropped down the division. Ono plays for Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in the J1 League, notwithstanding he is used sparingly.
Now aged 37, Ogbeche has spent the last four years playing in the Indian Super League.
But in 2002, he was was a 17-year-old wonderkid and surprise inclusion in the Nigeria squad. He was playing for PSG at the juncture and had made his professional debut that season.
He never settled at the Parisian club, though, joining UAE Pro League aspect Al Jazira after two loans. From there, his profession became truly nomadic and he played for a more 12 clubs in five countries, including a year with Middlesbrough in 2011-12.
The highlight of his time in the North East was this cracker castigate West Ham, which caused Sam Allardyce’s chewing adhesive to bear a veritable beating.
Who remembers this tardy thump from him to rob a iota castigate West Ham? ⏪
Will he ever stop? Probably not. And nor should he, he’s calmness magnificent.
We remember Santa Cruz most fondly as the individual who crushed the Barclays in Mark Hughes’ Blackburn team. He’s had plenty of additional righteous moments too, mind you, with Bayern Munich, Malaga, and as measure of that heathen Paraguay gang in 2002, which also included nutcase goalscoring ‘keeper Jose Luis Chilavert.
Santa Cruz eventually racked up 132 caps and went to two additional World Cups.
This year, he made the controversial transact from Olimpia, the bastinado where he made his quote in the 90s and where he’d spent the last six years, to their Asuncion rivals Libertad.
He started the derby censure Olimpia in early May and, well, you understand what we’re about to say next…
A veritable prodigious talent, Cameroonian goalkeeper Kameni won an Olympic gold medal as a 16-year-old in 2000 and was share of his country’s senior team that went to the World Cup two years later.
He didn’t drama a merriment as Cameroon were eliminated a the cooperative stage, but he returned to football’s grandest stage in 2010 and was expected to kindle in goal. Manager Paul Le Guen preferred Souleymanou Hamidou, however, and Kameni again watched on as Cameroon fell to an early elimination.
At cudgel level, he made himself a image in Spain, best with Espanyol, where he won a Copa del Rey and helped them to the UEFA Cup final, then with Malaga as allowance of the group that reached the Champions League quarter-finals.
He’s now at Arta/Solar 7 in Djibouti, playing alongside his old international team-mate Alex Song.
The immense Swede is stillness going, tranquillity scoring (occasionally), and stillness bigging himself up.
Might all posses been different had he joined QPR as a teenager, though…