Being champion with the National Team is not an easy goal at all. Some, after repeated attempts, manage to raise a trophy and others are left with the desire. Or else, look at these five golden generations that did not achieve a title …
The Albiceleste, that came from good processes at the youth level, he threw away machines like Roberto Ayala, Diego Simeone, Ariel Ortega, Hernán Crespo, Pablo Aimar and we can continue …
World Cup 98 and 06 and America Cup 99, out in the quarterfinals. He would not participate in the CA Colombia 2001 due to extra football problems and the 2004 final against Brazil would slip away. Failure of Bielsa in the 2002 World Cup after starting first in the Qualifiers and failing to pass the first phase in the contest.
After a successful youth process – two-time U20 champions – with appearances such as those of Luis Figo, Rui Costa and PauletaPortugal failed to qualify for any of the 90s World Cups and failed in the Eurocup – ’96 out in the quarterfinals, ’00 in the semis and ’04 in the Final. Korea 2002 was the last straw after being out in the first round.
Although the current generation also has its own thing, the ’90s for Colombia was touching the sky with their hands: they coincided René Higuita, the Pibe Valderrama and other great players on the court.
Anyway, it was one setback after another: World Cup ’90 out in 8th, Copa América ’91 fourth place and ’93 and ’95 third place, they reached the World Cup 94 after qualifying first in the Qualifiers for the first and only time in their history and they were out in groups such as in ’98 and in Copa América 97 out in the quarterfinals. Disaster.
With Michel Owen (golden ball), Paul Scholes, Steven Gerard, Frank Lampard -among other stars-, it seems impossible to fail. And so and all the England national team did. In the 2002 and 2006 World Cup they lost in 4th place and did not qualify for Euro 2008. If you look for it, you can’t. Lost generation.
The decade of the ’70 for Holland it was pleasure and frustration. From the hand of the best footballer of all time -we are talking about Johan cruyff– They reached the 1974 World Cup final and the 1976 Euro semi-finals. But they were far from the medal. While in 1978, already without the forward due to contractual problems, they also fell in Argentina ’78 in the previous step to lift the title.
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