Doha, Qatar – On Wednesday, lined up for the national anthem before the second semi-final against Morocco, hugo loris He would look for his wife and children in the stands as usual. He’ll shake hands with caution before turning his attention to one of the most important games of his career.
At 35 – he turns 36 a week after the final – this looks very likely to be the last World Cup for the veteran goalkeeper, though his journey will come to a halt either on Wednesday or Sunday, and will end in heartbreak or With victory. But Qatar 2022 will forever be in his heart and in the history books. After all, it’s in Doha, against england Last weekend, Lloris became the most capped player France men’s football history with 143 appearances, breaking the record set by defender Lilian Thuram.
Furthermore, a win against England would mean that there would be a 144th win after that, and this win largely depended on the performance of the French goalkeeper.
Prior to the game, Lloris did not like the heavy criticism from the English media, most of whom suggested he was his country’s weakest link. A source close to the France team explains, “He was really impressed by it. He’s been playing in England for 10 years and thought he knew what he was about.” “So that gave him even more anger, desire and extra motivation to make a great sport which he did. He wanted to prove them wrong, and he did.”
To be fair, the entire French team rallied behind their captain in the wake of defeating England; He also did not appreciate that analysis and believed that Lloris would be irreplaceable.
Beyond the gravity of a World Cup semi-final, earning 143 caps with the national team is an incredible feat. Lloris made his debut in November 2008 under Raymond Domenech, then played for Laurent Blanc and finally Didier Deschamps. It may not seem like many managers, but all three presided over very different eras. the dirtiest (Domenech, and the 2010 World Cup) to the great successes of the Deschamps era (winning the World Cup 2018, winning the UEFA Nations League in 2020–21).
From his debut to his record of appearances, the Tottenham No. 1 national team has grown and adapted through the ups and downs. He learned a lot from both the failures and the victories of the past 14 years, but remained calm throughout. Calmness is his main quality and he will try to broadcast it to his team again on Wednesday.
“We have to maintain that same calm approach,” Lloris explained on Tuesday morning. There is no secret: this is what we will bring. We are getting closer to something great. The further we go, the more focused do and we are.” ,
Steve McManaman praised England’s performance in the 2022 FIFA World Cup despite losing 2–1 to France.
Lloris looks calmer than usual as he watches the team prepare. He seems impenetrable at times, perhaps because this is his last World Cup; He will not let the pressure get the better of him. He remains calm and composed at all times, striking out coolly between posts, but he also knows when to speak tough with his teammates. Ahead of the crucial tie with England, it was Lloris who spoke the loudest in the dressing room, reminding everyone that nothing should be taken for granted, stressing that this game would be won by the finest details, and that That’s what his side should focus on to ensure that they win. An opportunity that came his way.
For the most part, Lloris doesn’t speak much and has never spoken, but being vocal ahead of the quarterfinals shows he’s comfortable saying what he feels the time is right . He never misses a trick. He is a master of emotional intelligence, which explains why he is such a respected captain for France and Tottenham.
That intuition has been a small element of France’s progress at this World Cup. With all his injuries during the first and early stages of the tournament – Paul Pogba, ngolo forks, presnel kimpembe, Christopher Nkunku, lucas hernandez And Karim Benzema – Also all the question marks over this team’s best XI and doubts over whether France can be the first team to defend their World Cup title Brazil In 1962, Lloris never doubted. More than that, he united the group. he starts sitting next to rafael verne At the dinner table, near the end, and from there he can see and hear everything. Even though he is a very good poker player, when he likes to wren and antoine griezmannYou will never hear him bragging or talking nonsense about winning a hand.
Perhaps most refreshing for Lloris at this World Cup is the fact that he knows his France career is nearing the end, which has probably helped him enjoy it even more. Every moment spent with the squad, every win, every save, every news conference, every minute spent with a relative or friend, all the smiles, hugs and dreams have helped keep the mood light. Meanwhile, Lloris is two games away from an incredible World Cup double that no captain has ever pulled off (Italy There was a different captain in 1934 and 1938 and the same for Brazil in 1958 and 1962).
His relatives will come to see him again on Wednesday. Unfortunately he did not have his mother, who died of breast cancer when Hugo was only 21, in April 2008, a few months before his France debut. Above all, he has guided her throughout her adult life and she will once again watch over him.