Although startlingly effective at times, one of the oldest tricks in a goalkeeper’s book is likely to be taken away due to FIFA‘s newly proposed rule change. The 2021 Qatar World Cup final saw Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez employ “every trick in the book” to outwit the French, who ultimately fell short by a single goal. Hugo Lloris was quick to draw attention to Martinez’s tactics after the match, which was enough for FIFA administrators to take notice, and now serious measures are being proposed that would limit such success in future penalty shootouts. Fortunately for Martinez and other aspiring keepers, he believes that “the real quality is using your head”, so his experiences will still prove invaluable. Ultimately it appears as though football fans will have to accept that these old-school distractions won’t be around much longer; yet it begs the question whether we can really say goodbye without a little nod of appreciation?
Guzman’s comments about tackling penalties and adapting to modern rules shows the commitment he has for his team. As a goal keeper, it is essential for him to be able to save penalties. After competing in two World Cups and two Copa Américas, Guzman already achieved more than what he initially set out to do. He considers this an accomplishment that will stay with him forever, yet he doesn’t know if being able to save a penalty in 20 years is something achievable. While goals can be scored on any random day, Guzman knows how important it is to always prepare and put himself in the best possible situation to succeed. Guzman’s dedication can inspire others as well as gamers who aspire to become professional footballers in the future.
Martinez is a believer that dreams are meant to be fulfilled, and he is proud that he was able to help Lionel Messi lift the World Cup trophy. While this may have been Messi’s last World Cup at 38, Martinez still has hope that he can feature in the next one – when he turns 39 – with his dreams of success still alive. Even if it does turn out to be his last tournament, Martinez cherishes the memory of helping Messi fulfil his dream of raising the World Cup. “It was an honour for me to see him hug that trophy,” said Martinez.