The masked World Cup: for these reasons it is allowed to cover your face during a match | People | Entertainment


This year, certain players have become more recognizable despite partially covering their faces with masks, during the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The most visible is perhaps Son Heung Minthe captain of the South Korean team, whose mask was in the style of Batman.

It is not part of a strategy to steal the cameras nor is it part of a cabal. It is a protective measure that medical teams have incorporated for facial injuries. Son, for example, had had a fracture in the eye socket during a clash between his club, Tottenham, against Marseille, in the Champions League, on November 1 of this year.

Now that the South Koreans have been knocked out by Brazil, the masquerade parade is not over. There is the Croatian central defender Joško Gvardiol20 years old, who has been one of the most striking of his squad, precisely because of the black and shiny mask, fastened with leather straps and metal buttons, which he needs because he broke his nose on November 10, during a game of the German league, in which he participates for the RB Leipzig club. A day before he had been called up to the Croatian team.

Josko Gvardiol, from Croatia, during the match against Brazil, at the Education City stadium, on December 9. Photo: Georgi Licovski

The injury could have easily cost him his starting job, as it is believed to slow him down during games. But Gvardiol and his mask have performed successfully up to this point, when dispute their place in the World Cup against the Brazilian team.

“He’s the best defender in the world,” Croatia coach Zlatko Dalić said after his team’s 0-0 draw against Belgium. “If he’s not number 1 right now, he will be.”

The masks protect the vulnerable eyes and nose from kicks and other hazards of the trade.

Son Heung-min walks around with his mask during the match between South Korea and Ghana on November 28 this year. Photo: Noushad Thekkayil

Another one: Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand also covered his face during practice, after injuring his head during the game against England, although he didn’t need it in subsequent games. According to the newspaper Guardian, the masks are made of polycarbonate, and some are 3D printed to the exact contour of the athlete’s face.

Alireza Beiranvand, Iran’s goalkeeper, returned to training after the facial injury he suffered in the World Cup match against England. Photo: ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

Son Heung-min has explained that the mask does not give you discomfort and feels comfortable. “I’m just happy that I get to play with her,” he told Reuters.

An athlete benefited by this implement is Tunisian Ellyes Skhiri, who broke his cheekbone in October, playing for FC Köln in Germany, so for a while he also took the pitch wearing a nose and cheek protector.

Ellyes Skhiri, from Tunisia, during the Qatar 2022 World Cup, in which her team played against Australia, on November 26.
Photo: Noushad Thekkayil

The mask was the difference for the German Antonio Rudiger, who wore one similar to Son’s after being kneed in the face while wearing a Real Madrid shirt against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. Who else has needed it? soccer figures like Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, Victor Osimhen and Sergio Ramos. (AND)



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