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FIFA World Cup 2022 – News – Feltscher: I get goosebumps imagining Venezuela in Qatar

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FIFA World Cup 2022™ - News - Feltscher: I get goosebumps imagining Venezuela in Qatar
  • Rolf Feltscher insists that, regardless of a gradual begin, Venezuela can attain Qatar 2022
  • The proper-again assesses upcoming opponents Brazil and Chile
  • He additionally discusses Zlatan, Michael Jackson and MMA

With their first two fixtures towards Colombia away and Paraguay at residence, Venezuela followers knew they had been in for a troublesome begin to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying. For all that, La Vinotinto wouldn’t have been anticipating to lose each matches.

“People may be discouraged but this is a very long process and we have more opportunities to accrue points coming up,” Venezuela defender Rolf Feltscher informed FIFA.com. “We’re united, mentally strong, and the morale is good.”

The LA Galaxy proper-again got here off the bench in his aspect’s opening fixture and began their second.

“Against Colombia we were too open and allowed them to hit us on the break,” stated the 30-yr-outdated. “We remedied that towards Paraguay, however we didn’t use the ball effectively sufficient. The good factor is that there is loads of room to enhance.

“The Paraguay game became a bit scrappy, although we could have drawn or even won it. We had a goal disallowed, incorrectly to my mind, and a penalty saved. If we’d taken one or all three points, the outlook today would be different.”

Asked how he had been dealing with the criticism, Feltscher responded: “I defend myself and do self-evaluation and -criticism, however I’m not stunned. When you lose, every part is mistaken, and while you win, every part is rosy.

“You can play badly and give your opponents 50 chances, but if you get the only goal of the game, then people are happy. If you’re the better team but still lose, they get angry. But it’s always been like that.”

The defender is talking from expertise on condition that that is his third World Cup qualifying competitors since Cesar Farias got here calling in 2011. In truth, he made his Vinotinto debut in November of that yr towards Bolivia throughout the Brazil 2014 qualifiers. Later, beneath Rafael Dudamel, he performed nearly the entire second half of the Russia 2018 preliminaries.

abriel Jesus of Brazil fights for the ball with Rolf Feltscher of Venezuela

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The participant’s backstory can be value telling. Rolf was born in Switzerland to a Swiss father and a Venezuelan mom. After they separated, he and his brother Frank, who can be an expert footballer, moved with their mom to Venezuela in 1997. The two siblings returned to the Old Continent in 2000 to check and play soccer, albeit with a powerful attachment to Venezuela.

Rolf debuted for Grasshoppers on the age of 16 and represented Switzerland on the UEFA U-17 Championship in 2007 and the U-20 one in 2008. However, it was whereas he was on the books of Parma that the provide got here to play for the Venezuela senior workforce, and he accepted.

“People have said things about my dual nationality, but in the end, it depends on how you feel,” stated Feltscher, who has by no means performed membership soccer in Venezuela. “I was born in Switzerland and grew up there, and I love the nation. Why ought to I lie about that?

“Just as I love Venezuela: the country, the food, the culture, and I have family there. What counts is that you give your all in the moment.”

Nor does he remorse his determination. “Would I have played at a World Cup if I’d continued to represent Switzerland? Maybe. But I’ve never had things easy and imagining myself helping Venezuela qualify for their first World Cup gives me goosebumps. I couldn’t put a price on that. It would be the ultimate.”

Hirving Lozano of Mexico crosses the ball in front of Rolf Feltscher of Venezuela 

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Getting factors on the board

Up subsequent for Venezuela is a visit to Brazil then a house tie towards Chile.

“With Brazil you need to be at your very best to get a good result,” Feltscher stated. “No team can have an off day against them and hope to win. And that’s still the case even if there are no fans.”

Asked if he’s been learning the Brazilian strikers he could possibly be going through, he responds with typical good humour. “As a full-back, I always have to deal with the best. Whether its forwards or midfielders, you always face the most technical players, the fastest, the best in every category, so it’s nothing new. Moreover, going up against good players really motivates me.”

Chile he sees as extra negotiable: “There was a time when Venezuela felt inferior to other teams, but not anymore. Player for player, we’re all in good teams. In the end, they’re just 11 people out on a pitch, the same as us.”

Feltscher is keen to deal with each his personal expectations and people of others.

“I understand expectations are high, but I know what we can achieve as a team with the players we have available,” he stated. “We have young players bursting with talent and potential. No doubt about it, we can be in Qatar.”

Lionel Messi of Argentina fights for ball with Rolf Feltscher of Venezuela

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Feltscher and…

  • His profession. As effectively as Switzerland and Italy, he’s performed in Germany and Spain. “It would be nice to do so in England, but I’m fine in Los Angeles. MLS is competitive and teams are getting stronger all the time. Players coming here won’t have it easy.”
  • His tattoos. “The most important ones relate to my daughter. I have one of her hands tattooed as well as her face and a kiss.”
  • His admiration for Michael Jackson. “As an artist, he was unique, and all his songs are wonderful. As a kid, he was all I listened to. I even got a tattoo of his dance move.”
  • His spell enjoying with Ibrahimovic. “I gave him some assists. He has a beautiful personality that’s very unique, which I enjoyed. When you understand him, you can learn a lot.”
  • His future in singing: As a pastime. I sing all over the place and I might have a profession writing my very own songs. Instead of enjoying in entrance of 80,000 soccer followers, I might sing R&B in entrance of 80,000 live performance-goers. (laughs)
  • His future in blended martial arts: “I find it irresistible, similar to boxing, however my spouse does not need me to do it. She says I’m too fairly to have my face rearranged! (extra laughter).
Rolf Feltscher of Parma attends the unveiling of their new kit 

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