The 2018 FIFA world cup which began in Russia some 32 days ago is finally over. The month long tournament came to an end yesterday evening. In Russia, the final scenes witnessed was the France team celebrating in the downpour that occurred shortly after the final whistle. The 2018 FIFA world cup brought excitements, heartbreaks and disappointments to fans, players, and managers alike.
The 2018 FIFA world cup was a memory making world cup, one that will live long in the memory of those who witnessed and partook in it. If you belonged to neither category, then this article should get you up to speed on what exactly transpired in Russia.
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: MODRIC PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT
A lot of players dazzled and showed their ability in the 2018 FIFA world cup. However what Luka Modric of Croatia did for his team and in the world cup was on a whole different level. He performed at such a consistent and high level that I wondered if he was a horse. The only foot he put wrong in Russia was not winning the world cup.
Luka Modric covered more than 40 miles in the world cup, the most of any player. He also scored 2 goals and assisted one in his 7 matches. He was involved in anything good Croatia did and was everywhere on the pitch. Modric’s golden ball win makes him the 1st Croatian to win such an award.
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FRANCE 2018 WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS
France are the champions of the 2018 FIFA world cup. The 1998 champions won their 2nd world cup exactly 20 years after winning the 1st one. They won it in style and 90 minutes by scoring 4 goals to Croatia’s 2. They won all their 7 matches and in 90 minutes to claim the trophy. France scored an astonishing 14 goals and conceded 6 to win the 2018 FIFA world cup.
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: MBAPPE FUTURE BALLON D’OR WINNER
Kylian Mbappe made the 2018 FIFA world cup his own and one to remember. He also made it his stepping stone to achieve greatness. The 19 year old stared for his nation by exuding confidence on the ball and making meaningful and quick decisions with the ball. He was by far the best player in the France team.
Like Modric most of the good things France did went through him. He was a joy to watch was also productive. It is evident in his 4 goals he scored. The performance he exhibited in Russia won him the young player of the tournament award. With this award and his performance, the ballon d’or award should be in his sight and his next priority.
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: A TECHNOLOGICAL WORLD CUP
The 2018 FIFA world was unlike any world cup we have witnessed. The world cup had so many technology involved that you would think it was a company. The world cup made use of goal line technology, vanishing spray, video assistant referee, spider camera as well as microphones.
This technologies all made an impact on the world cup and influenced the outcome as well. This world cup set the stage for the widespread use of the technology. The debate as to whether the technologies have improved the game or not will always rage on but one thing for certain is that the 2018 FIFA world cup was a technological one.
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: KANE TOP SCORER OF THE TOURNAMENT
The 2018 FIFA world cup witnessed a lot of goals, both beautiful ones and scrappy ones. The tournament recorded 169 goals in total, just two shy of the record 171 goals scored in the 1998 and 2014 world cups. Harry Kane was in the center of those goals. He scored 6 to win the golden boot award, the same number James Rodriguez won it with 4 years ago.
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT
The 2018 FIFA world cup witnessed some of the best players in action playing some entertaining matches. A lot of players delivered performances that is worth mentioning however the ones mentioned below put in everything they had for their nations. They epitomized selflessness and loyalty, one rarely seen nowadays. The eleven players are as follow: Lloris, Trippier, Lovren, Varane, Young, Paulinho, Modric, Neymar, Mbappe, Griezmann and Hazard.
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: NEYMAR, GERMANY AND ARGENTINA DISAPPOINTMENTS
Aside all the excitements and wonderful performances in the 2018 FIFA world, there were also disappointing performances. Neymar Da Silva Jnr is one of the players who disappointed in Russia. Considering his status as one of the best players in the world and the Brazil team he found himself in, more was expected of him. But he just didn’t deliver. He joked throughout the tournament with his antics and theatrics. It culminated in him being booked for diving and exiting the world cup at the quarter finals along with Brazil.
Germany and Argentina, favorites going into the match also fell short. They paraded a host of big name players to Russia but didn’t know how to use them. The two teams were shambolic throughout the tournament. Germany the defending champions exited the tournament in the group stage and Argentina joined them after the round of 16.
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: BEST ONE EVER
The 2018 FIFA world cup wasn’t met with excitement when it was announced that Russia will host it. A lot of the criticism had to do with the racist abuse that has come to be associated with Russian football. People even went ahead to call for a change of venue. However FIFA didn’t change it stance and due that we were rewarded with the best world cup ever.
The tournament had everything football can offer. Technologies were on show, the world best players were there, upsets were caused, teams and players surprised us, and beautiful goals were scored. However the most impressive is that there were no hint of racism and that made it exceed people’s expectation. It was a one of a kind tournament, perhaps one we will not witness again.
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