Today – the semifinals of the Youth World Cup. There are many surprises here: almost all the favorites were eliminated and South Korea, Israel, Italy and Uruguay reached the decisive matches. The French “rolled” for a long time and did not even leave the group, although it was possible to pass even from third place. Brazil played more individual football and lost in the most brilliant game against Israel, while Argentina did not take many chances and made mistakes in defense against Nigeria.
This material is about those who stood out and who should be followed. Meet the semifinalists!
The Italian team is the favorite that could
Cesare Casadei and Tommaso Baldanzi shine here. The Italians are perhaps the only favorite that didn’t go flying, and it’s all thanks to these guys.
Cesare is the main star with six goals and two assists in the tournament. Even though he is a profile follower. In the national team, Kazadey plays closer to the left flank, clings to all the balls, and his anthropometry allows him to win them. A very useful player who gets by everywhere. He focuses on physics.
Italian under-21 midfielder
“As a child I admired Kaká, but then I realized that we have different characteristics. On YouTube I saw Nicola Berti: he emphasized physics and became one of my idols ”.
But no less useful is Baldanzi. This little boy attracted attention from the first games. In the match with Brazil, he and Simone Pafundi made a graceful duet: they constantly picked up the ball deep and dragged it forward, beating their opponents along the way. They created chances, they shot on goal, they delivered precise passes. But if Pafundi is a bit raw, then Tommaso is a ready-made talent: he feels the game better and sees space, opens up more often and creates more. Technique and micromovements – wow.
The Uruguayan team is a model of defense
A team that adapts perfectly to the opponent: it can also play attack and, if necessary, defend safely. They were the first to score against the US team in the tournament: the Americans did not fail until the quarterfinal stage.
The team’s main leader is defensive midfielder Fabricio Díaz. A captain and a talent that has been known for a long time: by the time he turned 20, he had played more than a hundred matches in adult soccer! Fabricio has been on the radar of European clubs for three years, but he still hasn’t left Liverpool Montevideo. Díaz is the guardian of the midfield: he goes to any joint, wins riding martial arts, with the ball he acts to save. He directs the game through the center and helps the team move the ball.
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Fabricio Díaz has been called up for the next main team training camp. Along with him came another leader of the defense: central defender Sebastian Boselli, 19, from Defensor. He already played more than one brilliant match in the tournament, but the game with the USA is still a standard: he was able to shut down the attacking leaders Diego Luna and Cade Cowell and didn’t let them score, he started the attacks. with a pass At the World Cup – 89% of successful martial arts won!
Transfermarkt values Boselli at €900k. River Plate is interested in signing, but the Spanish edition of AS also reports interest from clubs in Italy and Portugal; probably, the Uruguayan will soon go to conquer Europe.
Israeli national team – productive attack
The Israelis scored in every match in the tournament. What a brilliant game they had with Brazil! We played until extra time with a score of 1:1, then we conceded already in the 25th second and recovered in the 92nd minute. In the 105th minute, Dor Turgeman scored a beauty and put the team ahead, in the 113th and 115th minutes they failed two penalties, and they went even further!
Featured on the team are Turgeman (of course!) and winger Hamza Shibli. Dor is great at following play and helps catch the ball with a “second floor” game, Hamza knows where to open up and always shows up at the right time in the right place. With Brazil, a back pain lurked: he converted.
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South Korea national team: discipline and team play
Main sensation! Two factors in the subtitle and defense helped the Asians eliminate France first in the group, and then they edged out brilliant Ecuador and Nigeria in the playoffs. Every game, from defense to attack, the ideal implementation.
In the round of 16, Chun-Hong Pe, a 19-year-old midfielder, was especially brilliant – he scored 1 + 1. Before the playoffs, he showed practically nothing, but at the right time he shot. He was high up the field and expected long passes. Most of the time, he had the ball in the center of the field, after which he dragged it to the flank or closer to the penalty area: then he hung (this is how he created the first goal) or waited for the teammates to connect. . He coolly covers the ball from opponents, easily leaves them. His goal is a vivid example: he waited for the pass near the center of the penalty area, dropped from the keeper, then “fooled” him with the goalkeeper and scored into an almost empty goal.
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In the quarterfinals, the winning goal was already scored by the central defender, Sok-Hyun Choi. In defense he interrupted all the passes and crosses over and over again, in attack, a good first pass. In every game, Korea has a new hero. Will we see one today?