Hours ago, the international break in the month of June, which lasted for two weeks in various continents of the world, ended.
The recent international break witnessed several things, most notably the completion of the contract for the qualifications for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup.
The international break also witnessed the holding of the first two rounds of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, and 4 rounds of the European Nations League 2022-2023 edition.
“Al Ain Sports” reviews in the following lines the 10 most prominent historical figures achieved during the ended international break.
Bader Al-Mutawa, the dean of world players
Bader Al-Mutawa, captain of the Kuwait national team, won the title of dean of world players after reaching 196 international matches, by participating in the loss of “Al-Azraq” against Jordan (0-3) in the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers.
Al-Mutawa had already achieved this title on June 25, 2021, after his participation in the Kuwait-Bahrain match in the preliminary round qualifying for the 2021 Arab Cup, where he reached 185 international matches, surpassing Ahmed Hassan, the former captain of the Egyptian national team.
But FIFA withdrew the title from the veteran Kuwaiti star after two months, as it was announced in August 2021 that the Malaysian Suh Chen had played 195 international matches with his country.
On the other hand, the Kuwaiti team failed to reach the 2023 Asian Cup finals, to miss the tournament in two successive editions for the first time in its history.
England lost (0-1) against Hungary in the first round of the European Nations League groups, then suffered a heavy defeat at home 4-0 against the same opponent in the fourth round.
With his victory in the opening round, it became the first time that Hungary beat England in 60 years, specifically since the 1962 World Cup in Chile.
Hungary beat England 2-1 in the group stage of the 1962 World Cup, and since then they have met 15 times, witnessing complete control of the “Three Lions”.
This was the first defeat for England in all competitions since losing to Belgium (0-2) in the European Nations League in 2020, ending a series of 22 matches without a loss for the “Three Lions” team.
In the second match, England lost a home match by more than 4 goals for the first time since March 1928, when they stumbled 1-5 against Scotland.
For the first time in its history, England lost a home match by 4 goals without conceding their opponent.
Hungary became the first team to score 4 goals in a match away from home against England, since it also did it by itself by winning (6-3) at Wembley Stadium in November 1953.
The UEFA Nations League has become the most defeated tournament for England coach Gareth Southgate, with 6 matches.
The end of the Italian knot
The German national team defeated its Italian guest (5-2) in the fourth round of the European Nations League, to end its contract against the Azzurri in the official matches.
Before this match, Germany played 10 official matches against Italy, losing 4 of them and drawing 6 times.
The Italian national team has conceded 5 or more goals in an official match since its loss (3-5) against Denmark in the 1948 London Olympics.
It is worth noting that the two teams tied 1-1 in the first round, in a match that saw the participation of Italian Wilfried Gonto, who became the first player born in 2003 to appear in a match with his country.
Lionel Messi scored 5 goals, leading Argentina to a friendly victory over Estonia (5-0).
Thus, Messi scored 5 goals in one match for the first time in an Argentine shirt, and for the second time in his career after five in Barcelona’s victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League (2011-2012).
Messi became the third in the history of the Argentine national team to score 5 goals in the same match, after Juan Juan Andres Marvezzi in 1941 against Ecuador, and Jose Manuel Moreno the following year against the same opponent.
Wales will participate in the 2022 World Cup after an absence of 64 years, which is the longest period between two participations for one team in the tournament, as it was its previous and only participation in the 1958 edition.
The Welsh team broke the record of its Egyptian counterpart in the number of years in which a team was absent from participating in the World Cup, as the wait of the “Pharaohs” lasted 56 years between the first (1934) and the second (1990).
Wales is scheduled to play in Group B of the 2022 World Cup, alongside England, the United States of America and Iran.
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