The legacy of Roma players at the FIFA World Cup

Over the generations, countless players who have represented AS Roma have also participated in the FIFA World Cup, proudly representing their national teams while enjoying their bounty at the Italian club. Some of them have even earned the highest honor in football, achieving the greatest success at the prestigious quadrennial international tournament.

Already in the month when the tournament begins, the major bookmakers are competing to provide the best betting options on the 2022 World Cup, which means that it will certainly be worth checking the latest reviews from the SBO site, highlighting where find good odds and offers. Now let’s take a look back at Roma international stars of the past and those of the current generation who hope to forge their own legacies.

The heroes of yesteryear

A total of fifteen players have won the FIFA World Cup while playing in Rome. The first to lift the trophy with Italy were Atillio Ferraris and Enrique Guaita in 1934; Guido Masetti and Eraldo Monzeglio in 1934 and 1938, and Aldo Donati and Pietro Serantoni in 1938. Roma pride will have to wait some time before the next Italian triumph, which will include Bruno Conti in the winning team of 1982.

Next to win the World Cup in Rome were iconic duo Rudi Völler and Thomas Berthold, who were part of an unstoppable German side, which showed maximum efficiency in the 1990 World Cup in Italy. It was also the last time the national team would play with West Germany, after the fall of the Berlin Wall led to the reunification of East and West.

Aldair won the World Cup with Brazil in the 1994 American tournament, then Vincent Candela was part of the victorious French team in 1998, the same year his country also hosted the competition. After suffering the agony of finishing second in 1998, Cafu was finally the World Cup winner in 2002.

Then came Italy’s most recent success in 2006, when the World Cup-winning squad included Roma players Daniele De Rossi, Simone Perrotta and legendary Francesco Totti. Facing France in the deciding game, it was the first all-European World Cup final since Italy last won the tournament in 1982, and only the second time that a final was decided on penalties, with De Rossi successfully converting one of the penalty kicks. .

Roma players face disappointment

Given Italy’s surprising and traumatic failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, a sizable contingent of Roma players will be watching the tournament from home. Others were saddened not to be selected, forced to miss out through injury, and there is even one who actually gave up representing his country.

Rick Karsdorp has won 3 caps for the Netherlands, most recently in 2017, the same year he moved from Feyenoord to AS Roma. Although he has become a key figure for Roma, the 27-year-old won’t be going to the World Cup. By comparison, Georginio Wijnaldum would otherwise be nailed for a place in the team, however, the broken shinbone suffered in August ruled him out until January.

Following an injury sustained in training this afternoon, Georginio Wijnaldum then underwent medical examinations which confirmed the presence of a broken tibia in his right leg. The player will undergo further assessments in the coming days. FORZA GINI! #ASRoma

Brazil are seen as favorites and have already announced their final squad list, which does not include Roger Ibañez, having only won his first cap in September. Unfortunately for Mile Svilar, he seems unlikely to make Serbia’s World Cup squad list while Nemanja Matic retired from his national team in 2020.

Although there is no chance of a surprise recall for Chris Smalling, despite some defensive injury worries for England, one Roma player with his fingers crossed will be Tammy Abraham. Nonetheless, competition is fierce amongst the team’s forwards, and although Abraham has 11 caps and 3 goals to his name, he is truly one of the fringe options.

The elect of 2022

Barring last-minute injury issues or surprise decisions by national team coaches, there should be at least three Roma players at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. As the undisputed number one choice between the posts for Portugal, 34-year-old goalkeeper Rui Patricio is essentially assured of his ticket to the tournament with Portugal.

Despite the recent injury scare, Paulo Dybala is expected to make a full recovery and will represent Argentina, already named as one of the key players on the team’s provisional roster. Having already won 7 caps for his country, making 6 of those appearances in 2022, 20-year-old Nicola Zalewski will also be heading to his first World Cup, now considered the first-choice left-back with Poland.

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