FIFA World Cup 2022: Two clubs have not missed a World Cup final in 40 years.
The Qatar World Cup 2022 final represents a unique incident in this major football event, represented by the absence of two European clubs from the World Cup final 40 years ago, namely the Italian club Inter Milan and the German club Bayern Munich, who registered their presence with active players in their ranks.
Although Italy did not qualify for the World Cup for two consecutive sessions in 2018 and 2022 and the German national team exited early from the World Cup for the second edition in a row, they will have ambassadors for their clubs, whether for Italy or Germany, in the final match of the 2022 World Cup, in continuation of the success achieved by the players of the two clubs in this major football event for four consecutive decades.
Lautaro Martins, the Argentine national team player, will represent his Italian club, Inter Milan, in the World Cup final next Sunday, while the French national team has three players who play for the German club Bayern Munich: Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upicano, and Kingsley Coman, noting that Lucas Hernandez, the player of the Bavarian team, participated with the "Roosters" team in the opening match but bid farewell to the World Cup due to a cut in the cruciate ligament of his right knee against Australia.
The successes of Bayern Munich and Inter Milan began with the arrival of their ambassadors to the final match of the World Cup since the 1982 World Cup in Spain when the final round brought together Italy and Germany, where Bayern Munich represented three players: Breitner, Daimler, and Rummenigge, while Inter Milan represented five players. They are: Perdon, Bergomi, Marini, Oreali, and Altobelli.
In the 1986 World Cup in Argentina, which was attended by both sides (Argentina and Germany), the Bavarian club in the final had Augenthaler, Eder, Hoeness, and Mateus, while the German club represented Inter Milan with Rummenigge.
During the World Cup that was held for the first time in the Asian continent in 2002, Brazil and Germany reached the final match, such as Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, Linke, Jeremys and Yanker, while Brazilian Ronaldo represented his team, Inter.
In the 2006 World Cup in Germany, which brought together the national teams of France and Italy, the Bavarian club maintained its presence in the final round thanks to its French player Willy Sagnol, and the Italian club Inter also maintained its presence thanks to its player Materazzi.