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Young Players to Follow in the 2022 World Cup

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is close. Who are the future stars that will give you something to talk about in this competition?.

Pablo Gavi and Ricardo Pepi

Photos: IG-pablogavi, IG-pepi_ricardo

LatinAmerican Post | Ariel Cipolla

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The draw for the group stage of the Qatar 2022 World Cup was recently held. The groups were made and a high level of competitiveness can be found in most of them. Now, many of these games could be the perfect stage for the emergence of some very important stars.

In other words, we are talking about footballers who have enormous potential and who will have the ideal opportunity at the 2022 Qatar World Cup to shine in very relevant matches. For this reason, we decided to make a list of those young players who could possibly "explode" in this future event.

Jude Bellingham

One of the players with the greatest potential in professional football. Of English origin, Jude Bellingham currently plays as a midfielder for Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga. He made his debut in 2020 for Birmingham City, becoming the youngest player in the club's history to do so, at just over 16 years old.

As for the national team, he made his debut on November 12, 2020 against Ireland, becoming, at over 17 years old, the third-youngest player to wear the shirt of his country. He even became part of the Euro 2020 runner-up, where his country came in second position.

He is an undisputed starter for Borussia Dortmund and it is speculated that he could come to Real Madrid before the World Cup.

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Florian Wirtz

With a value of 70 million euros, at 18 years old Wirtz is one of the greatest promises that exist in world football. This German footballer is currently an undisputed player in the midfield of Bayer 04 Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga, the club in which he made his debut in the 2019-2020 season.

In the 2021-2022 season he became the youngest footballer to reach 10 goals in the German championship , surpassing Lukas Podolski's record. On the other hand, for March 2021 he was called up with the senior team and was listed as the third youngest debutant in the history of the German team.

In March he injured the cruciate ligament in his left knee, but he will surely arrive at the 2022 Qatar World Cup without problems.

Gavi

Gavi is one of the best talents to emerge from Spain in recent years. Currently at FC Barcelona, he is a talent, only 17 years old, who has become a fundamental piece of the culé team. It should be noted that his arrival in the first team is quite recent, but his level has made fans fall in love.

For example, in the 2020-2021 season he had participated in FC Barcelona B and immediately played pre-season friendlies with the first team. By August 2021 he made his debut in the First Division and was immediately compared to Xavi for his style of play. Curiously, since the arrival of the former player as DT, he has become an essential piece.

In 2021 he made his debut in the UEFA Nations League, becoming the youngest player to wear the Spain shirt at the age of 17.

Ricardo Pepi

Although the United States is not a favorite for Qatar 2022, it must be considered that the Americans are having a very important litter of talented youngsters. Perhaps the most emblematic is Ricardo Pepi, a striker who is currently part of FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga.

At the age of 19, he made his debut for FC Dallas in June 2019. By 2021, he became the youngest ever to score a hat-trick. In 2021 he made his debut and scored a goal against Honduras, being the second youngest in the history of the United States to debut for his country. For this reason, by 2022 he made his leap to Europe, where he is having quite a few minutes.

Surely, he will seek to achieve a great performance in the World Cup to have the opportunity to make the leap to a "big" European team.

Piero Hincapie

Finally, there is a young Latin American talent who, like many on this list, also plays in the Bundesliga. At 20 years old, he is one of the greatest projections of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, a club he arrived at in August 2021, after having an outstanding level in Talleres de Córdoba.

The Ecuadorian plays as a central defender or left-back and has become a fixture for the German club. The same has happened with the Ecuadorian National Team, since Alfaro has trusted him, both for the 2021 Copa América and for the 2022 Qualifiers.

He is another of the players who will say “present” at the 2022 Qatar World Cup and who will surely have an exceptional level.

In short, you have met the best talents for the 2022 World Cup. We hope they can excel in this competition!