The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup ended yesterday July 15 2018 with France winning the World Cup trophy for the second time.
The 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup begun on 14 June 2018 with 32 Nations playing 64 matches in a group of eight. Each group consisted of four teams.
The 32 teams played three matches each at the group stages. Two teams from each group qualified to the round of sixteen, 8 teams also qualified to the quarter finals.
After the quarter finals, France, England, Belgium and Croatia progressed to the semifinals. Croatia beats the Three Lions of England by 2 goals to 1 and qualified to the finals. Fortunately, France also beat Belgium by a lone goal to book a place in the finals.
Surprisingly, World Cup giants such as Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Spain which were tipped to carry the coveted trophy didn’t make it up to expectations.
Unfortunately, none of the 5 African teams made it to the knock out stages of the World Cup. African teams lack concentration and discipline when playing in most tournaments and this has contributed to their poor performance at the World Cup.
Since the commencement of the FIFA World Cup in 1930, European and South American countries has been winning the World Cup trophies. None of the African countries has ever won a World Cup trophy.
Countries who have won the World Cup
The World Cup ended with dazzling celebrations in the Russian capital, Moscow with Les Bleus of France defeating The Blazers of Croatia to lift the trophy. After the finals, some players were awarded for their outstanding performances throughout the tournament;
Luka Modric – Golden Ball
Harry Kane- Golden Boot
Kylian Mbappe- Young player of the Tournament
Thibaut Courtios- Golden Gloves.
After Brazil’s Pele, Kylian Mbappe the nineteen year old French International becomes the second teenager to score a goal in the World Cup final.
Story by: Beatrice Ehwieda/pinkfmonlinegh.com