Garang Kuol: South Sudanese Teen Sets New Record for Australia at 2022 FIFA World Cup

Garang Kuol: South Sudanese Teen Sets New Record for Australia at 2022 FIFA World Cup

  • Egypt-born South Sundanese Garang Kuol has become the youngest player to represent Australia at the World Cup
  • The 18-year-old was a second half substitute when Australia were humbled by world champions France
  • The Central Coast Mariners player will join English Premier League side Newcastle United in January

Garang Kuol's fairytale story continued at the grandest stage when he came on as a second half substitute in Australia's game against France at the World Cup in Qatar.

The teen sensation who was born in Egypt to South Sudanese parents before his family flee to Australia became the youngest player to play for the Socceroos at the World Cup. He achieved the feat at 18 years, 68 days.

Kuol replaced Craig Goodwin in the 73rd minute but it was too late for Australia as they suffered a 4-1 defeat to the world champions.

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Garang Kuol has become the youngest play to play for Australia at the World Cup. Credit: @Socceroos @FIFAcom
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The Newcastle United-bound forward is one of eighteen teenagers at the Mundial.

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The 18-year-old shot to prominence after starring for Central Coast Mariners against Barcelona in a friendly game.

What Kuol said after making his World Cup debut:

"You could see the level that they're at," Kuol told YahooSport. "They're 6ft 4in people who are as quick as me, so there was a big difference between me and some of those players.
"Only hard work will get me to that level. I think it was a good taste to see the level the players are at. Some play in the Premier League, some play in the Champions League, so it was good to get that taste of the level."

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Garang Kuol's remarkable story

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Garang Kuol's remarkable 2022 keeps getting better and better after he was named in Australia's final 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

Born to South Sudanese parents in Egypt, Kuol's family migrated to Australia as refugees when he was just six. South Sudanese teen Garang Kuol has been named in Australia's World Cup squad.

Twelve years later, the Newcastle United-bound forward will be lining up for the Socceroos at football's biggest fiesta.