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The World Cup’s greatest player makes his debut

Qatar’s biggest World Cup player also emerged as one of the biggest surprises after the 2.03 meters (6.66 ft) tall Andries Noppert does something unexpected international debut for the Netherlands In Monday. Veteran Dutch coach Louis van Gaal tends to cause a shock or two, but pick the 28-year-old to keep goal in Monday’s World Cup win over Senegal was one of his most outrageous moves.

However, the giant guardian of Heerenveenwith a total of just 32 appearances in the Dutch top flight, made no mistake as he made a handful of impressive saves and kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win at Al Thumama Stadium.

It capped a remarkable rise for a player who is quick to admit: “It’s also weird for me, even a few weeks ago, I would not have expected it. It is special. You dream of it, I would never have believed it was possible. Little boy everyone dreams of it, later we don’t accept it. If anyone can do it, it’s me,” he told Dutch television NOS.

Van Gaal was happy too. “It’s not a bad choice,” he sang in the Dutch television studio. “I chose him because he is the in-form player.”

Only two years ago, Noppert’s parents were advising him to quit the game and his girlfriend suggested registering with the police after a meniscus injury saw FC Dordrecht not extend his contract and left him without a club for six months. But in the space of two years, things have changed dramatically. “Louis van Gaal told me I had to play like I do at my club, but in another form. I just have to stop the bullets. Does it make sense that I started the game? When is the right time then?” he said.In the Netherlands we all complain about not having good goalkeepers, but then you have to give the boys a chance. I don’t care if it makes sense, I’m trying my best and that’s all I can do.”

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