Latin debutants in Qatar 2022 and the records that could be broken

Several Latin American players will play their first soccer world cup. Many are already world soccer stars and will be able to break historical records

Vinicius Jr, Juan Pablo Vargas, Emiliano Martinez

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LatinAmerican Post |Paula Andrea Hernández

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What for many will be one of the most controversial World Cups due to the environment that surrounds it, has already begun. The ball is already rolling in Qatar and soccer lovers are ready for the most important event in this sport where the best players who will represent each country meet.

Of the 32 teams that will be in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, six are from Latin America: Ecuador, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico. In the calls that have already been delivered, several Latinos will be with their team for the first time in a World Cup event.


The 34-year-old Weverton goalkeeper will go to a World Cup for the first time with his National Team, although he had already played matches with the verdeamarela, one of them in the 2021 Copa América where he was runner-up. For their part, defenders Alex Telles, Éder Militao, Bremer, Fabinho, Everton Ribeiro, Bruno Guimaraes, Richerlison, and Lucas Paquetá will also make their Qatar debut.

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One of the youngest members of this team is Vinicius Jr. Despite already being a world star, he will debut in World Cups with the senior team in Qatar.

Gabriel Jesús, Pedro, Antony, Rapinha, and Gabriel Martinelli are other players who hope to add their first minutes with the National Team in a Senior World Cup. Like Rodrygo who scored his first goal this year with the verdeamarela.


Almost all of the Ecuadorian team will debut in Qatar, except Alexander Domínguez, Carlos Grueso, and Enner Valencia.

Of the rookies, the expectations are high with Alan Franco, Gonzalo Plata, Jeremy Sarmiento, Ayrton Preciado, and Moises Caicedo.


The technical director Diego Alonso chose a squad with 13 players who already know what it is like to be in a World Cup and 13 who will have this first experience with the National Team.

The rookies are Sergio Rochet, Sebastián Sosa, José Luis Rodríguez, Ronald Araújo, Matías Viña, Mathías Olivera, Manuel Ugarte, Federico Valverde, Facundo Pellistri, Nicolás De la Cruz, Agustín Canobbio, Facundo Torres and Darwin Núñez from Liverpool who is on the radar of young people who must be put under the magnifying glass in this World Cup.


Only seven of the 26 summoned by Scaloni have played at least one World Cup, for the rest it will be their first time in this competition: Emiliano "Dibu" Martínez, Gerónimo Rulli, Nahuel Molina, Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian "Cuti" Romero, Germán Pezzella, Lisandro Martínez, Juan Foyth, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Alexis Mac Allister, Guido Rodríguez, Alejandro "Papu" Gómez, Enzo Fernández, Exequiel Palacios, Lautaro Martínez, Julián Álvarez, Ángel Correa and Joaquín Correa.

Costa Rica

Goalkeepers Esteban Alvarado and Patrick Sequeira will go to a World Cup with their team for the first time and although the experienced Keylor Navas is expected to be the starter, there may be an option for someone to add his first minutes.

Defender Juan Pablo Vargas, who plays for Millonarios de Colombia, will also go to his first World Cup match. Other rookie players on Luis Fernando Suárez's list are Daniel Alonso Chacón, Keyser Fuller, Carlos Martínez Castro, Youstin Salas, Roan Wilson, Gerson Torres, Douglas López, Álvaro Zamora, Anthony Hernández, Brandon Aguilera, Anthony Contreras, Ronald Matarrita and Jewison Bennette.


Like the other Latin American teams, the Mexico National Team also has many new faces at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. In this group of summoned, there are 16 rookies: Rodolfo Cota, Néstor Araujo, Henry Martín, Luis Romo, Orbelín Pineda, Luis Chávez, César Montes, Carlos Rodríguez, Uriel Antuna, Roberto Alvarado, Alexis Vega, Johan Vásquez, Gerardo Arteaga, Jorge Sánchez, and Kevin Álvarez.

possible stars

In conclusion, several Latin Americans could be a figure in their first Soccer World Cup, such as Vinicius Jr, a key player in the last titles for Real Madrid, Moises Caicedo, a great assister for Ecuador at his young age and a figure for Brighton, Rodrygo, Darwin Núñez, who has played a good role in Liverpool.

Of the rookies who are not Latin American but who are also among those who are promising in this World Cup are Jamal Musiala, recent champion with Bayern Munich at just 19 years old; Gavi, from the Spanish National Team, who has stood out for his talent, who will also surpass Cesc Fàbregas as he is the youngest to go to a World Cup with his National Team.

Similarly, Pedri, a key young player in Xavi's scheme in Barcelona; the Brazilian Antony, prominent this season at Manchester United; Eduardo Camavinga with France, who has already added to his record a Champions League with Real Madrid and Darwin Nuñez from Uruguay, who arrives as an important element of Liverpool of England.

Records that could be broken in Qatar 2022

All the World Cups that have already been played have left records and data that can always be surpassed in one more edition of the greatest event in world football.

These are some of the records that Latin American players could break when the ball rolls in Qatar:

The record for the most games played in a world cup is held by Lothar Matthaus with 25 games. The closest to reaching that figure is Lionel Messi who is 19 and could surpass the current record if he reaches the World Cup final.

Even though the current record for the player who debuted youngest in a World Cup is held by Pelé, the Costa Rican soccer player Jewison Bennette could join that historical list of players who added their first minutes very young, since he is 18 years old.

Of the Latin Americans, the youngest goalkeeper who could debut in Qatar in 2022 is Moíses Ramírez from Ecuador at 22 years old.

The player Ángel Mena from Ecuador is the oldest footballer of Latin Americans who could debut in their first World Cup. It's never too late.

Of the Latin American rookies, Moises Caicedo, if he scores in this World Cup, would be one of the youngest to score the most goals in the National Team, since he already has two goals that he scored in the qualifying round and the Copa América.

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