Garang Kuol: From refugee to World Cup, who is the Australian wonderkid?

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Garang Kuol: From refugee to World Cup, who is the Australian wonder-kid?

Australia striker Garang Kuol could be one of the revelations of the 2022 World Cup. His portrait.

Australia launches its World Cup, as in 2018, against the France team. Four years later, the players have changed; and talents have hatched like young striker Garang Kuol. Aged Only 18 years old, the Socceroos striker is still unknown to the general public. If not announced as a starter for this first game (he has never been with the first team), he could be quickly launched. in the deep end if the Australians are behind.

Egyptian origin and refugee status

Garang Kuol was not born; in Australia and has a moving history before reaching the very top level. Born; in Egypt in a family originally from South Sudan, he fled the war with the latter before being welcomed in Australia as a refugee. politics. 

Limited playing time

The young striker is currently playing for the Central Coast Mariners, the Australian Premier League club. A club he joined in 2021. While he's not even a starter yet and his first game was only in 2020. last April (he only played 138 minutes), he is already there. to two goals and two assists.

An early talent, already in place. called in selection

Despite his poor playing time, Australia coach called him up. in recent months, becoming the youngest player called up; in selection since a certain Harry Kewell. Garang Kuol is "an 18-year-old boy who comes out of nowhere and who is on a new path in life," confided at the beginning of the month Graham Arnold about his prodigy."We have seen this sort of thing happen at many times at World Cups and big games, when unknown players reveal themselves and inspire the whole country. […] I brought him into play against New Zealand (17 minutes in September for his only selection, editor's note) and he was very well integrated; to the Socceroos family."

Future Newcastle player

Garang Kuol will not stay long in Australia and the big European clubs have already joined forces. interested in; him since the little prodigy will join the Newcastle Magpies, currently 3rd in the Premier League, in January. He is a very promising young talent", greeted Dan Ashworth in recent weeks, the sporting director of the Magpies.