Kasper Schmeichel 2022 FIFA World Cup Preview

By Jeff Stinger

Goalkeepers take a piece of attention in the upcoming World Cup. They are the last line of defense and can easily affect the outcome of a match. In this Nitrobetting exclusive, we focus on a well-known name in Danish soccer history. Today’s 2022 FIFA World Cup Player Spotlight: Kasper Schmeichel checks through a crucial component in Denmark’s bid to perform well in the upcoming international tournament.

2022 FIFA World Cup Player Spotlight: Kasper Schmeichel

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Mythical pedigree

Kasper Schmeichel is the son of former Denmark international and Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel. He is a natural leader with good instincts. More than that, he’s incredible at saving penalties. Some might say that his attributes surpass his father’s Euro ‘92 winning performances.

The former Leicester keeper has a solid history of top saves in international tournaments. Although some say that he lives in the shadows of his father Peter with more medals and high praise from Manchester United’s glory years, Kasper can stand on his own after securing major achievements in his career.

A beautiful underdog story

Kasper grew up in Denmark during his early years and started his youth career with Estoril in 2000 before joining Manchester City in 2002. He played with the Premier League club’s youth team until 2006 before moving up to the senior team in 2006 where he appeared in eight games. The goalkeeper then bounced between multiple teams on loan before finding a more stable home in Leicester City. Kasper played a key role in an unthinkable title season in 2015-16 during his ten-season run with the team. In 2022, the 35-year-old signed with Ligue 1 team, Nice.

The goalkeeper’s international career has been fruitful as well. He first featured in the World Cup in 2018 and started the first three matches for his nation. Denmark booked a spot in the Round of 16 where they eventually lost against Croatia in a penalty shootout. As a competent shot-stopper and veteran presence on the field, we expect the nation’s No. 1 to play a significant role as +260 favorites to win Group D.

Penalty expert

Kasper Schmeichel’s primary trait is his shot-stopping. When he spreads his body to keep out, you will be reminded of Peter stretched out making saves for Manchester United. The one-handed save shows how strong his hand is. We’ve seen him put in similar situations throughout his career and it almost never disappoints. Mate his flexibility and braver with a six-foot-three frame and you have yourself a wall in front of the goal.

He sets himself apart from his dad with an unparalleled record of 26 penalties saved. The 35-year-old is a master at this game. With VAR appearing at a World Cup for the second time in a row, it adds another layer of assurance to Denmark in the upcoming tournament.

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