2022年世界盃:尤努斯-穆薩將英格蘭換成了美國,"重大決定得到了回報

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2022年世界盃:尤努斯-穆薩將英格蘭換成了美國,"重大決定得到了回報

他曾是阿森納的學院派明星,並擔任過英格蘭青年隊的隊長,但正是因為出生在紐約的一個家庭假期,為瓦倫西亞中場尤努斯-穆薩實現他的世界盃夢想鋪平了道路。

周五,當美國隊在卡塔爾B組的第二場比賽中對陣英格蘭隊時,他很可能會遇到他的前學院隊友之一阿森納的布卡約-薩卡。

"穆薩告訴BBC體育說:"我真的既是英國人又是美國人。"我在英格蘭過得很開心。我喜歡每一次,有很多營地,偉大的人和一切。

"當我去國家隊的時候,我在一線隊[在瓦倫西亞]踢球,在19歲以下的球隊踢球,這已經到了一個階段。

"格雷格(貝哈爾特,美國隊主教練)給我打電話,告訴我關於美國隊的項目。他告訴我他多麼希望我進入球隊,當時我才17歲。對於一個一線隊的主教練來說,那麼想要我,真的幫助了我的決定。

"事情以神秘的方式發生,我出生在美國是有原因的。現在我在為國家隊效力,我很喜歡它。在我的職業生涯中,我不得不做出一些重大決定,而這些決定都得到了回報。"

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英格蘭隊和美國隊在2010年南非世界盃的最後一場比賽中以1比1戰平。穆薩有一種感覺,他們註定要再次相遇。

他說:"這將是一場多麼特別的比賽,"他說。他說:"我住在英格蘭,知道英格蘭作為一個社會的人是怎樣的,只是與他們分享球場,知道整個英格蘭將觀看這場比賽,還有美國,這只是一個特別的時刻,所以我希望它順利。

"這將是我職業生涯中最大的一場比賽。

"我想我將會比平時笑得更多。對事情的結果的回憶,這很瘋狂。在最大的舞台上與英格蘭隊比賽,希望也能與布卡約分享場地,那將是很瘋狂的。"

我覺得我已經準備好了,瓦倫西亞給了我機會

穆薩說,與他的哥哥們一起踢球是他進步如此迅速的原因。他在抵達英格蘭後僅幾個月就與阿森納簽約,但直到他開始得到新學校朋友的認可時,才意識到他的成就的重要性。

"他說:"我到了那裡,安定下來,去上學,然後就加入了當地的球隊。他說:"我馬上就得到了阿森納的球探,那太瘋狂了。我是最快樂的孩子,因為踢足球、上學,一切都很好。

"我記得那一天。我在2012年1月12日搬到英格蘭,在復活節假期,我為阿森納試訓並被簽下,這就是它發生的速度。

"這真的讓人不知所措,我不明白它的重要性,直到我進入學校,然後突然間每個人都說'喲,這傢伙為阿森納踢球',我當時想,'哇,這在這裡是件大事,你知道'。這是一件大事,我為此感到高興。"

對穆薩來說,事情並沒有放緩,他大步走在學院足球的道路上,與薩卡和埃米爾-史密斯-羅一起踢球,並與利物浦的哈維-艾略特一起執行國際任務。

他擔任過阿森納青年隊的隊長,並說他們把他塑造成了今天的球員。

然而,穆薩並沒有留在倫敦北部並擠進一線隊。他在七年後離開了俱樂部,並在2019年選擇加入西甲球隊瓦倫西亞。

"當時我16歲,我覺得我可以邁出這一步,進入一線隊踢球,覺得自己已經準備好了,"他說。

"我對自己有很大的信心。為什麼還在18歲、23歲的隊伍中?我想在一線隊踢球。

"很多人說現在這麼想還為時過早,我同意可能為時過早,你必須要有耐心,但我只是覺得我可以做到。

"瓦倫西亞給了我一個很好的提議,讓我來到這裡,從B隊開始,與一線隊一起訓練,當我贏得了這個機會,就把我推向一線隊。這個機會,一個西班牙的大球隊,引起了我的注意。

"我在B隊的第一個賽季實際上並不出色。我打了17場比賽,甚至大部分都沒有首發。那是一段艱難的時期。這塑造了我,讓我變得更強大、更出色。

"季前賽來了,我就留在這裡[一線隊]。我不能再回去了。我只想留在一線隊並努力工作。"

我們希望改變世界對美國足球的看法

穆薩是第一個為瓦倫西亞效力的英國人,自從轉換效忠對象後,他也是第一個代表該俱樂部的美國人。

他是在歐洲踢俱樂部足球的許多有才華的年輕美國人之一,穆薩說,一支被稱為美國 "黃金一代 "的球隊希望向世界其他地方發出一個信息。

"作為一個團體,我們的目標之一是改變世界對美國足球的看法,"他說。"現在我們有機會在世界盃上做到這一點。

"我們是如此雄心勃勃。我們想一路走下去。我們正在逐場思考。這樣一來,接下來你就會知道你在比賽中走得更遠。

"這就是我認為我們應該做的,儘管我以前從未參加過世界盃。格雷格已經參加了兩屆世界盃--他是一個知道的經理,我信任他。"

世界盃將是穆薩在其整個職業生涯中所進行的賭博的高潮,但他覺得他做出了正確的選擇。

"當我做出決定時,無論是為瓦倫西亞還是為美國踢球,我都說'無論發生什麼,我都要確保情況是最好的,我不後悔',"他說。

"如果在這條路上出了問題,我不應該想'我希望我做這個或那個',只要繼續下去或讓它發揮作用。

"每件事的發生都是有原因的,所以我一點也不後悔。我對在阿森納和英格蘭發生的事情感到高興,但我不後悔我的決定。"


He was an academy star at Arsenal and captained England youth teams, but it was being born on a family holiday to New York that paved the way for Valencia midfielder Yunus Musah to realise his World Cup dream.

On Friday, he may well come up against one of his former academy team-mates in Arsenal's Bukayo Saka as the US take on England in their second match in Group B in Qatar.

"I am both really - English and American," Musah told BBC Sport. "I had a great time at England. I loved every time, had a lot of camps, great people and everything.

"It came to a point where I was playing in the first team [at Valencia] and playing in the under-19s when I went to the national team.

"Gregg (Berhalter, USA manager) called me and told me about the project with the US. He told me how much he wanted me in the team and I was just 17 at the time. For a first-team manager to want me that badly really helped my decision.

"Things happen in mysterious ways, I was born in the US for a reason. Now I'm playing for the national team and I'm loving it. I've had to make a few big decisions in my career and they have paid off." • None How to follow the Fifa World Cup on the BBC

England and the USA drew 1-1 in their last match at a World Cup, in South Africa in 2010. Musah had a feeling they were set to meet again.

"What a special game it will be," he said. "Having lived in England, knowing how England are as a society as people, just to share the field with them and knowing the whole of England is going to be watching that game, as well as the US, it's just a special moment so I hope it goes well.

"It will be the biggest game of my career.

"I think I will be smiling more than usual. The memories of how things turned out, it's crazy. To play against England on the biggest stage, to share the field with hopefully Bukayo as well, that will be crazy."

'I felt I was ready, Valencia gave me the opportunity'

Musah says playing with his older brothers is the reason he progressed so quickly. He signed for Arsenal only a few months after arriving in England but did not realise the significance of his achievement until he started getting recognition from his new school friends.

"I got there, got settled and went to school and then just joined the local team," he said. "Straight away I got scouted for Arsenal, that was crazy. I was just the happiest kid because playing football, going to school, things were great.

"I remember the day. I moved to England on 12 January, 2012 and in the Easter break I was trialling for Arsenal and getting signed, that's how quickly it happened.

"It was really overwhelming and I didn't understand the importance of it until I got into school and then all of a sudden everyone was like 'Yo, this guy plays for Arsenal' and I was like so 'wow it's a big deal out here you know'. It was a big thing and I was happy for it."

Things did not slow down for Musah who took academy football in his stride, playing with Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, and with Liverpool's Harvey Elliott on international duty.

He captained Arsenal youth teams and says they shaped him into the player he is today.

However, Musah did not stay in north London and push into the first team. He left the club after seven years and chose to join La Liga side Valencia in 2019.

"At the time I was 16 and I felt I could make the step to go into first-team football and felt I was ready for it," he said.

"I had a lot of confidence in myself. Why still be with the 18s, 23s? I want to play in the first team.

"A lot of people said it was too early to think that and I agree it can be too early, and you have to be patient, but I just felt like I could do it.

"Valencia gave me a great offer to come here, start with the B team, train with the first team and push me to the first team when I earned it. That opportunity, a big team in Spain, caught my attention.

"My first season in the B team wasn't actually great. I played 17 matches and did not even start most of them. It was tough times. That shaped me to get stronger and better.

"Pre-season came and I just stayed here [in the first team]. I couldn't go back down. I just wanted to stay in the first team and work hard."

'We want to change the way the world views US soccer'

Musah was the first Englishman to play for Valencia and since switching allegiances is also the first American to represent the club.

His is one of a number of talented young Americans playing their club football in Europe and Musah says a team labelled USA's 'golden generation' want to send a message to the rest of the world.

"One of our targets as a group is to change the way the world views American soccer," he says. "Now we have the opportunity to do that at the World Cup.

"We're so ambitious. We want to go all the way. We're thinking game by game. Taking it like that, the next thing you know you're further down the competition.

"That's what I think we should do, although I've never been in a World Cup before. Gregg has played in two World Cups - he's a manager that knows and I trust him."

The World Cup will be a culmination of gambles that Musah has taken throughout his career, but he feels he's made the right choices.

"When I made my decisions, both playing for Valencia and the US, I said 'whatever happens I'm going to make sure the situation works for the best and I don't regret it'," he said.

"If something goes wrong down the path, I shouldn't think that 'I wish I did this or that' just carry on or make it work.

"Everything happens for a reason so I don't regret it at all. I was happy with what happened at Arsenal and England but I don't regret my decisions."

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