The 21st Edition of the World Cup that began in 1930 had been full of surprises and Shocks.
It began with Realising Italy wasn’t part of this edition for the first time in 60 Years
Then Came the Saudi Arabian side who played their first ever World Cup in the 21st edition since the championship has been taking place.
And Iceland had became the smallest nation to qualify in this year editions and had the Support of the country people came down to Russia for their Games.
They did give it a fight,But weren’t really as good as the teams they were grouped with.
But,This is just the beginning for them.
From the World class team nations like Brazil– Who were as always expected to qualify from the group stage and Qualified for the Quarters were a complete disappointment.The Country that’s been 5 times Champions Had only one team player they were dependent on – Neymar.
Argentina captain Messi -Messed up the game
Cristiano Ronaldo proved himself by Scoring Goals,But the Team did not Qualify to the next stage of Semi’s and the Dream of Ronaldo wining the cup must have ended forever.
Uruguay proved themselves yet again.But France was Better then them.
Spain was utter disappointment as they seemed overconfident against the host.
Sweden was a pleasant surprise.
Germany the Champions of 2014 just did not have luck by their side.
With the Top 4 France,Belgium, Croatia and England part of the last stage, It seemed more like a Euro league with not a single South American team qualifying this time.
Croatia seemed like the Best side in the World Cup this time.As since 1998 was the only time they appeared in the semi’s against France and 20 years later they played England and the 5 times they have qualified they hardly progressed to the next stage.
Belgium since the last edition of the World Cup has only become a better side as this time they qualified for the Semis and had some great come backs in the games which they nearly lost.But unfortunately couldn’t make it to the finals
It’s was hard to believe the French hadn’t won a title again until 20 years ago.The last time they came close to victory was in Germany 12 Years ago and were Runner up’s.
The English Team- A team that’s not won in 52 Years. A team in the last 4 World Cup that faced challenges to even qualify to the stages closer to the final one.
This year too,The English team failed to qualify to final and even finished 4th .The wait will Continue.
The Croatian team had reached the finals and it was hard to believe this side had played for the first time 20 years ago in 1998 when we saw them play and they had finished 3rd In the competition.Now 20 years later they played the team they lost to in the semifinal of 1998 FIFA World Cup and my they were unstoppable but they couldn’t really win the World Cup.France was the Best.
France coach Dider Deschamps is only the Third Man, after Mario Zagallo from Brazil who captained his side to two successive World Cup titles (1958& 1962 ) and 1970 as a coach and Franz Beckenbauer from Germany who won the cup for the team in 1974 & in 1990 as a coach, to winning the Cup as a captain in 1998 and as a coach for the country in 2018.