World Cup 2022: The incredible story of goalkeeper Andries Knoppert – From… nowhere, “savior” of the Netherlands

World Cup 2022: The incredible story of goalkeeper Andries Knoppert – From… nowhere, “savior” of the Netherlands
World Cup 2022: The incredible story of goalkeeper Andries Knoppert – From… nowhere, “savior” of the Netherlands

In the third match of the World Cup in Qatar, the one between Senegal and the Netherlands (0-2), there was an absolute “rookie”.

The reason for the 28-year-old goalkeeper of the “Oranie” Andries Noppert, who, watching the world from 203 cm, is the tallest player of the competition.

Knoppert’s football story really looks like a fairy tale, as until now he had never played for the National team and he is doing it for the first time in a World Cup, while only a year ago he was on the bench of the Go Ahead Eagles, certainly not the top team in the Dutch Eredivisie.

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And not only that, because previously (from January 2018 to June 30, 2019) he had passed through Foggia, where in the Italian Serie B he had gathered, under the instructions of Stropa and then Pantalino, just 8 appearances in a year and a half!

Knoppert’s “carefree” life

In Apulia, therefore, he only made headlines for a “blunder” against Verona and for his “carefree” life off the pitch, as well as for some statements about the city’s underworld, which forced him to pay a “ransom” to get back his car, which had been stolen from him.

The turning point for him came with his move to Heerenveen, where he became a regular fixture, to the point of convincing national team manager Louis van Gaal, struggling with a goalkeeping problem, to call him up for the World Cup, to the surprise of Dutch fans until the ultimate debut against Senegal.

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And in fact, Noppert was the absolute protagonist of the Netherlands, as with his saves he helped his team achieve its first victory in the World Cup in Qatar.

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