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Friday, January 27, 2023

Xavi welcomes a World Cup ‘record’ footballer

Garang Kuol last weekend became the youngest footballer to play in a World Cup qualifier since Pele in 1958 at the age of 17 years and 249 days. The Australian footballer, 18 years and 79 days old, was the reason for the hearts of all Argentines to stop for a few seconds when he came face-to-face with ‘Dibu’ Martinez. in the 97th minute and he was close to finishing in goal.

When the game was over, he waited with the rest of his teammates to take a picture with Lionel Messi. Although he was affected by the elimination of the World Cup, he was equally moved by the spectacle he experienced at the stadium, in which over 45,000 Argentines turned out to witness a new ‘masterclass’ from Argentina.

Kuol was already known by FC Barcelona long before the match against Albiceleste. According to ‘Mundo Deportivo’, when the club went to Sydney at the end of last season to play a friendly match, Xavi was hit by a very young striker. Thanks to him, he gave us two or three chances. He has a lot of talent and has a great future. It’s unbelievable he’s only 17 years old, he moves forward with incredible confidence”, Xavi explained after the game against the Australian A-League All Stars.

The striker played the last half-hour and it was enough to ‘seduce’ the Catalan coach. As soon as the Barça coach left Qatar, Kuol showed himself to the world and was just inches away from being able to send the game into extra time against Argentina. The player was born in Egypt as his parents fled to South Sudan due to the civil war. This is the reason why he grew up in a refugee camp and later moved to Australia with his family at the age of six.

first test

Xavi and the deputy coaching staff will be able to see more of the Australian footballer after Newcastle signed a contract to join him in January, although he will certainly need a few weeks to break into the first team. The English club are top of the table and looking to secure a place in European competition.

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