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.
What a week it was In Europe’s most luxurious cities ,with a team “Work” yes all worked out pretty well,even after all the communication gap we had amongst the venue teams first and then working with these French,We became French-Fried with their ignorance of understanding what we wanted ! something we always knew was a challenges.But,this challenging even I hadn’t expected it to be.
The stringent work laws -Was a total first hand experience of struggle . I had empathy for these the first time, when I learnt about the struggle of author Craig Carlson -in his book ‘Breakfast in America.’When he not only tried,But lived the American dream in Paris.
Fortunate enough with my hectic schedule and my working hours,I managed to live the European lifestyle of walking the streets of the city and witnessing the best venues they had to offer to the rich and famous personalities.
I also watched the sunrise,the sunset and experienced snowfall and rain in this crazy week.Concluded the trip! with Yes,Cannes day trip! All the hype and a city that,I wanted to explore a couple of years ago when we were on a family vacation, but “Canned”the idea .
The city is beautiful and lively and much more happening than monaco!
Reminds you a lot about Rodeo Drive in LA and Miami Florida.
“It’s was really nice to meet you”
The football season is in full swing in Europe,And what better than being on a vacation at this time in that part of the continent. On my recent exploration, which happened to coincide with the UEFA EURO 2016,France being the host .No,I wasn’t in France,But The Eastern European Circuit. Prague ,Vienna and Budapest and on those dates itself when each of these Host Countries were playing a competitive team.Football being The international National Sport of the European countries This experience of enjoying an Important football tournament was the highlight of my trip. Watching the Portugal v Austria outside the station with locals enjoying their beers,cheering to support their country, while there was a minority of Portugal supporters out there,The Austrian went Oh! Ah! at every attempt of scoring a GOAL.Thats was just the beginning of the football action we were going to experience. The Next Stop Budapest (HUNGARY) And HUNGARY Plays Portugal,A match very important for the Portuguese.
This match,Was a match we did not want to miss experiencing.We headed to a Stadium,Capacity of 7,000 people and this full with its capacity,had a atmosphere of if a Concert had been organised. people jumped to enter from the fenced Boundaries,climbing the gates.But as the match ended with a draw 3-3, the Hungarian Shouted Slogans and flocked around the streets forcing the public transport to shutdown (The buses specially) and as we reached our hotel on the way we saw people climbing the signals,Jumping and having a gala time and Do you Know why?
Not because,they were at par with The Portuguese,But because it was history that was made that evening it took Hungarian’s 44 years to qualify to the next stage of the league.
This experience is off my Bucket list.
Travelling is something that makes you relate to places you have visited before, So on my recent vacation to Prague the moment I started exploring the city of Czech republic, I was reminded of Edinburgh in Scotland ,the particular setting of that place ,the statue near the Charles bridge,And the tram line towards the old town going through the architecture gave me the feeling of me being in Florence in Italy.To the extent ,the panoramic view of the city made me relate to Capri in Italy from Petrîn hill , when I could endlessly only see red roof tops from the viewing point as compared to the White House of Capri.No,I am not boasting of being a globetrotter,But only getting you to notice how travelling to so many places has made me observe and believe,that Prague is a place having something like every European country.
The cathedrals name Being the same with only the beauty of the stained glasses around being different.
The traditional food “goulash” soup like curry with the option of beef,Pork and chicken and bread is popular cuisine here.That was something different since all over Europe there are only a few dishes that are wet.The “Tredlink” Pronouced Tredlin was another tasty sweet cone with sugar coated on the sides, And if you wanted to have some guilty pleasure you could add the Nutella and vanilla ice cream to go for the kill.
This trip to Prague has been one of those trips that makes you wonder Europe has everything alike,Yet is so different.