How Migration has shaped the World Cup

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Period8 Dec 2022

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  • TitleHow Migration has shaped the World Cup
    Degree of recognitionInternational
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    DescriptionThe 2022 Qatar World Cup has the highest share of foreign-born players in the event’s history: 137 of the 830 players from the 32 teams are representing countries other than their birthplaces. 

    That’s already produced some poignant moments. Achraf Hakimi, who scored the winning penalty against Spain to send Morocco to the quarter-finals for the first time, was born in Madrid to Moroccan parents. In another example, Swiss forward Breel Embolo — who was born in Cameroon — scored a crucial goal in the team’s first match against his birth country. His goal paved the way for Switzerland to advance to the Round of 16. Cameroon, meanwhile, did not advance.

    Representing Mexico, Argentinian Rogelio Funes Mori also faced his birth country at the group stage. He played for Argentina’s national team in his early 20s but wanted to represent Mexico after moving there to play professionally — a hope made possible by a 2020 FIFA eligibility rule change. One year later, he received Mexican citizenship, qualifying him for the Mexican national team.
    PersonsGijsbert Oonk