The 2018 FIFA World Cup is done and dusted. After a relatively slow start, Didier Deschamps' France went on to beat Croatia 4-2 in the final and got hands on their second ever FIFA World Cup trophy. This grand tournament in Russia gave us so many memories, so many things to cherish, and here we take you to its journey from the beginning.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is now over. France went on to lift the crown for the second time in their history, beating first-time finalists Croatia this past weekend.
Looking back upon what was one of the most exciting international tournaments in recent history, the quadrennial extravaganza threw our way many moments of shock and surprise, some brilliant, awe-inspiring moments as well.
There were numerous players who stood up to the immense pressure and rose to the occasion for their national teams. At the same time, there were those from whom a lot of things were expected heading into the tournament, but ultimately failed to deliver on the grandest stages of world football. And here we pick out a line-up, featuring such stars, who let their country down in Russia;
It’s not coming home for England this time too. Though they played exceptionally well throughout the tournament, it was Croatia’s fantastic show at the semi-final that shattered their World Cup dream. This left the whole country and the English team completely heartbroken. Gloomy and shocked, the players turned to their WAGs and kids to find some comfort, in what must be the toughest time of their lives.
Let us take a look at few heart-touching scenes from the ground:
In the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, one of the most iconic and controversial games took place in the quarter-finals between Argentina and England. The match was dominated by none other than Diego Maradona who scored two goals of great contrast in a 2-1 win. The first goal was scored with his hand which has been infamously dubbed as the 'Hand of God'. The second one though was unarguably the greatest goal in the history of the World Cup and probably the greatest ever goal scored in the game. This goal has been given the moniker of 'The Goal of the Century'. The goal is also remembered for Victor Hugo Morales' passionate commentary which when translated to English, reads, "Maradona has the ball, two mark him, Maradona touches the ball, the genius of world soccer, dashes to the right, leaves the third, is going to pass to Burruchaga. It's still Maradona! Genius! Genius! Genius! Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta ... and goooooaaaal! Gooooooaaaaal! I want to cry! Dear God! Long live soccer! Gooooooaaaaalllllll! Diegoal! Maradona! It's enough to make you cry, forgive me. Maradona, in an unforgettable run, in the play of all time. Cosmic kite! What planet are you from? To leave in your wake so many Englishmen? So that the whole country is a clenched fist shouting for Argentina? Argentina 2, England 0. Diegoal, Diegoal, Diego Armando Maradona. Thank you God, for soccer, for Maradona, for these tears, for this. Argentina 2, England 0."
"Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that," Liverpool great Bill Shankly had once said. The sport may seem more of a business in the current era, but it literally was the matter of lives at one point in time. During the 1930s -1950s football, majorly in Europe and South America was at its peak. The likes of Brazil, Argentina, Italy and the Netherlands who partly dominated the footballing world.
In the midst of this, one man created history not by scoring goals or through his antics, but by becoming the first and only player till date to play in two World Cup with two different countries. His name, Luis Felipe Monti. Monti first started with Argentina and guided them in the first ever World Cup final in 1930, before moving to Italy and playing for Azzurri in the 1934 Final.
That being said, here we bring you the story of Luis Felipe Monti, who played the World Cup Finals despite receiving death threats on both occasions.