Timothy Weah’s father George is one of the only Ballon d’Or winners in history who has never played in a World Cup. Currently President of Liberia, George Weah’s heyday saw him dominate the top leagues in France and Italy, winning the World’s Best Footballer award in 1995 and being widely regarded as one of the best African footballers of all. the temperature.
For the Weah family to step onto the set of the biggest stage the sport has to offer is their son, Tim, who was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, playing for the United States.
That moment came in the 36th minute of Monday’s opener for the United States men’s national team, which ultimately ended in a 1-1 draw against Wales. Weah took a ball played from behind by Christian Pulisic and, cool as you wish, finished the chance to give the Americans an early lead.
At 22, the world is ahead of Weah. Monday was his 27th cap for the national team. He also won three Ligue 1 titles in France, two with Paris Saint-Germain – the club his father played for – and a third with Lille, mostly in a bench role. Despite his pedigree, even playing at a World Cup is something he “never thought would happen,” Weah told ESPN ahead of the tournament.
“When I was younger I always believed I would make it to the professional stage, but to represent your country at a World Cup is crazy,” Weah said. “I mean, it’s a dream come true. It’s something that a lot of good players haven’t been able to do and to have the opportunity to represent my country and my name is amazing. I feel blessed.”
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Before going off in the 88th minute on Monday, Weah provided the United States with a consistent presence on the right side. Goal aside, he was one of the best players for the Americans in the starting XI on a night where Pulisic didn’t quite have it, and in a group that lacks a consistent striker in the game. ‘before.
Although there were questions over Gregg Berhalter’s failure to replace Giovani Reyna up front, Weah at least proved he was worthy of inclusion against England on Friday in a game which the United United will need to get a result to participate in the final match of the group stage against Iran. comfortable.
“We have to be better in both halves,” Weah told reporters in Qatar after the 1-1 draw, in which Gareth Bale’s 81st-minute penalty leveled Wales. “They played five in defense, which is tough, and they did a great job.
“In a World Cup, the most important thing is not to lose. We kept things tight and now our focus is on the next game when we try to take the next step. We will continue to work.
Weighted realism is the same behavior Weah expressed before the tournament.
“We had a lot of ups and downs in qualifying, and we can’t have that in this World Cup,” Weah told ESPN. “Everything has to be positive, from the way we defend to the way we attack. We just have to be perfect… the team has a lot of energy, a lot of young players who want it, we’re all hungry and we just have to apply it.
Considering the scene, Weah surely made his family proud.