The expression became popular in the months leading up to the World Cup: “I choose to believe.” Almost a wink for connoisseurs, the two words opened the way to an infinite chain of coincidences with Argentina 78 and Mexico 86 that made it possible to presage that Messi and company would win the World Cup in Qatar. The trend included everything from incontrovertible facts -such as Canada returning to the tournament for the first time since 1986- to bizarre combinations with past results, names, zodiac signs or inexplicable photos. It became so popular that a beer brand based its main advertising campaign for the World Cup on this hopeful desire.
Now that Argentina is about to play the final with France, the synchronicities that the fans reproduce with enthusiasm and almost always accompanied by the crutch “nulo mufa” are once again breaking out on social networks… it is not something that luck is reversed from so much anticipation . The following are the 13 coincidences that are circulating the most these days and one of them includes the FAS of El Salvador.
The referee of the final
As soon as FIFA announced that Szymon Marciniak would be the referee of the final between Argentina and France, the cultists of “I choose to believe” went crazy. Diving into the archives, they discovered that the Polish referee had the same birthday as the Brazilian Romualdo Arppi Filho, the man who directed the final of Mexico 86 in which the team of Carlos Bilardo and Diego Maradona beat Federal Germany 3-2. Both are from January 7: Marciniak was born on that day in 1981, while Arppi Filho is from 1939. It didn’t take two hours after the official designation for the coincidence to become a trend.
The light blue and white shirt
Another wave of euphoria was born a while before when the clothing that the two contenders in Sunday’s final will have was made official. There was relief and expectation when it was learned that Argentina will enter the field with the light blue and white shirt, with black pants, the same as in the decisive matches of 1978 (against the Netherlands) and in 1986 (against Federal Germany). The two finals that he lost since the day Maradona lifted the Cup -1990 and 2014- the Argentine team took the field in a blue shirt. By the way, the same color that the rival will wear this Sunday at the Lusail stadium.
A plus is the jersey of the rival goalkeepers: the Frenchman Hugo Lloris will play on Sunday with a yellow jersey. The same color used in 1978 by the Dutchman Jan Jongbloed and in 1986 by the German Harald Schumacher.
The triple championship theory
One of the most bizarre coincidences, but supported by irrefutable facts, gained momentum after France sealed their place in the final by beating Morocco. That guarantees that the winner on Sunday will add the third star to his shirt, since both have 2 titles. Why would that excite someone? You have to dive into the history of the World Cups to find the answer. Only three teams so far are triple champions: Brazil, Italy and Germany. And there is a casual rule, but until now it has been strictly adhered to: the team that wins the three-time championship defeats the next three-time champion in the final. Let’s see: Brazil won its third cup in 1970, defeating Italy. The Azzurri won their third title in 1982, after beating Germany in the decisive match. The Germans would reach the line of three championships in 1990. Against what rival? Yes, Argentina. Yes or yes on Sunday we will meet the fourth country to reach the three-time championship. Will the whim of history continue?
The blessing of Japan and Brazil
This thesis has less history: just one championship. He alludes to a very specific combination of results between Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022. In the last World Cup, Belgium beat Japan in the round of 16 and Brazil in the quarterfinals. In the semis they were defeated against France, who would end up lifting the cup. This year, it was Croatia that eliminated Japan in the round of 16 and then knocked Brazil out of the tournament. The executioner who later eliminated him was Argentina. Is it enough to think of a trend?
The calculator meme
The inventiveness of those who choose to believe is amazing. It occurred to someone to turn on a calculator and do a very simple calculation: how much does 2022, the year of this World Cup, divide 1986, the last Argentine conquest. The result unleashed a wave of euphoric posts: 1.01812. How did they interpret it? That Argentina wins 1-0 on 12/18 (the date of the final). Just in case, again, the viralized message always includes the “cancel mufa”.
the stadium repeated
It is already like the second home of the Argentine team in Qatar. The Lusail stadium was not only the venue for the match in which he made his debut, on the fateful afternoon against Saudi Arabia, but the duels against the Netherlands and against Croatia were played in that futuristic giant. The final against France will also be played there.
It is not usual for a team to play so many World Cup matches in the same stadium. And that is why some users of social networks rushed to remember the 1986 World Cup: Diego Maradona and company played quarterfinals (England), semifinals (Belgium) and final (Germany) at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.
The Moroccan miracle
There is no doubt that the big surprise of Qatar 2022 has been Morocco, which reached the semi-finals, a unique achievement for an African country. The match seekers were attentive from the beginning to the fate of the Maghrebis, not only out of sympathy with their battle-hardened game. It turns out that only once in their history had they passed the first round of a World Cup: in 1986. When they did it again this time, Argentine hopes exploded. He did it at full speed, winning the group. The same as in 1986. As “Los Leones” advanced in the tournament, expectations grew: in the quarterfinals they unexpectedly eliminated Portugal, one of the countries they also left out in 1986. The icing on the cake came in the semifinals, when France beat them 2-0. Who had eliminated Morocco in 1986? Germany, in the end the runner-up to Argentina.
Maradona’s esoteric messages
How to exclude Maradona from this succession of messages from the afterlife? In the last few hours, the video of a 2004 television interview of Diez on the Mar de Fondo program (TyC Sports), hosted at the time by Alejandro Fantino, went viral. In that image, there is a skirting board with the following expression: “Our end of the year gift”. Behind the footballer, there is a box that says “18 DEC”, the date on which the final of the current World Cup will be played.
Since before the World Cup, an image of Maradona with the World Cup, celebrating at the Azteca, on the shoulders of a fan, had traveled the world (literally, it inspired articles in newspapers in Italy, Spain and Great Britain). The cup, in his right hand, and his free left hand pointing skyward… thumb pointed at the Qatari flag that flew alongside the flag of all the FIFA member countries on the roof of the stadium.
What Argentine did not shout on Tuesday Lionel Messi’s penalty goal that opened the scoring in the semifinal against Croatia. The captain’s dazzling performance captured the conversations of an entire country at the close of that historic match, crowned with the masterful play in which he left star defender Josko Gvardiol dancing to serve Julián Álvarez 3-0. But there were some superstitious who crossed their fingers that Messi did not score more goals. At least not him. Everything to go back to the comparison with 1986: that year Maradona had scored 5 goals by the time he reached the final, the same number that Messi has had so far in Qatar. Another match done. Nobody will be upset if the tie is broken in the final: Diego did not score in the decisive match of 86.
Yesterday, Kun Agüero said that Messi usually gives directions in the game, that he speaks to his teammates, short and to the point. Here you can see that he tells Julián to go with Gvardiol for a while, so he could receive the ballpic.twitter.com/B9T1hWeiUl
— Diego Borinsky (@diegoborinsky)
December 14, 2022
the time of the end
This is a somewhat forced coincidence that has been circulating since before the World Cup but has gained strength among users of social networks since Argentina beat Croatia. It refers to the schedule of the final. “The 86 World Cup final was played at 12 noon and the one in Qatar is going to be played… at 12 noon. How many hours of the day are there to play a final?” asks one of the protagonists of the Quilmes spot about coincidences. The thesis of the unusual schedule for such a game is tempting and thousands of users of social networks repeat it daily. But there is a fairly basic detail that disarms the illusion: the one in 1986 was at 12 in Mexico (two hours later in Argentina), while the one in Qatar is at 12 in Argentina
There is a thesis that refers to a kind of hidden power of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) with the big stars it buys. It is a thread that starts with Ronaldinho Gaucho, the star that the French club bought in 2001 and the following year won the World Cup as a member of the Brazilian team. In 2017, PSG broke the market with the purchase of Kylian Mbappé from Monaco. A year later, in Russia, the still adolescent Mbappé became champion with France. In 2021, the last brilliant operation of the Parisian club was neither more nor less than Lionel Messi. Will the time progression be fulfilled?
The FAS champion in World Cup years
Every time FAS was champion in a World Cup year, the champion is South American. For example: in 1958 the champion was Brazil, that year FAS achieved its third crown; in 1962 the ocelots won the fourth and the world champion was Brazil; In 1978, when the Santaneco team reached its sixth title, Argentina won a world championship for the first time and in 2022, the “King of Cups” won the 12th and Brazil won its fifth world title. Will it be 2022?