Which Rising Stars Will Shine at World Cup 2022?

December 21, 2021

Football Manager has always been an excellent method of unearthing gems who will later shine on the world stage. The scouts who contribute their knowledge towards the game have a knack for predicting the cream of the crop long before they arise. Of course, for every Zlatan Ibrahimovic, there’s a Zlatan Muslimovic and for every Leo Messi there’s a Cherno Samba, but FM does get its sums right a remarkable amount of the time.

Now, with the FIFA Soccer 2022 World Cup in Qatar around a year away, football fans are licking their lips at the prospect of discovering the Next Big Thing in the beautiful game. Can Football Manager work its magic once more? Here are four precocious talents in FM21 that we expect to shine at World Cup 22.

Eduardo Camavinga

Teenage sensation Camavinga made headlines on transfer deadline day this summer by making a reported €30 million switch from Rennes to Real Madrid. The young central midfielder enjoyed the perfect debut for his new club, climbing off the bench to score in a 5-2 trouncing of Celta Vigo. He had a similarly auspicious start to his international career, as well, scoring in his first start for Les Bleus. With France all but qualified for next year’s tournament, Camavinga is sure to form an exciting component of their squad should he maintain his form and fitness.

Manuel Ugarte

Another central midfielder with a bright future ahead of him, Ugarte is currently experiencing his breakout season for club and country this year. After a series of attention-grabbing performances for the Portuguese side Famalicão last season, Ugarte was snapped up by reigning champions Sporting Lisbon in the summer. He has only played a handful of games for them since but has done enough to catch the eye of Uruguayan manager Oscar Tabarez. Ugarte featured in September’s qualifier against Bolivia and is certain to become a prominent fixture in the national team in the years ahead.

Dejan Kulusevski

While most of the limelight might fall upon the future of his compatriot Alexander Isak, Kulusevski surely has an equally promising career ahead of him. The 21-year-old winger has already an impressive number of caps (18) under his belt, while he has shone in performances for a handful of Italian outfits, including Atalanta, Juventus (his parent club), and Parma (where he spent last season on loan). Sweden proved themselves to be very capable defensively at Euro 2020 but lacked guile and creativity in the final third. Kulusevski could be just the man to provide it.

Myron Boadu

20-year-old striking sensation Boadu made history in 2019 when he became the first person born in the 21st century to not only feature for the Netherlands but to the net for them as well. Unfortunately, injuries have hampered his chances at both club and international level in the interim, but an incredible goal-scoring record of 32 goals in 64 games for AZ Alkmaar and 11 goals in 12 games for the Dutch U-21 team demonstrates his ample talents. Should he be able to replicate that form for new club Monaco, the Netherlands might just have themselves another star striker in time for next year’s tournament.

The FIFA World Cup is the biggest footballing competition on the calendar and each tournament always reveals a few new starlets of the game. Who will enjoy a break-out competition this time around?


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