The English League has ended, and the Champions League in 2019 is done and dusted. The grand European trophy has gone to Liverpool. It’s going to be a long wait until the start of the new season. So, to your football fix topped up, here comes the most memorable moments from last years World Cup in Russia.
Where do we begin? Well, how about England’s remarkable run to the semi-finals – their first since 1990. After years of heartbreak, Gareth Southgate’s men gave an assured account of themselves as they clawed their way through the rounds to the Semi-finals. They even won a penalty shootout against Colombia. But it wasn’t to be. They crashed out in the semi-final, beaten 2-0 by a classy Croatian side. Despite all this, the England footballers all returned home with heads held high and leaving the nation rejuvenated.
Let’s not forget about England’s Harry Kane, who was the World Cup’s top goal scorer and winner of the Golden Boot. He managed to help England to the semi finals by scoring 6 goals in Russia. This was truly a World Cup to remember for the English.
One of the big talking points of the World Cup was the exit of the champions Germany at the hands of South Korea. Beaten 2-0 by an energetic Korean side, Germany could hardly believe what had happened. It was the first time in 80 years that Germany exited a World cup at the Group stages. Nobody had predicted a defeat of this scale for the defending champions. They succumbed to the curse of the Champions! In the last four World Cups, the champions got knocked out at the group stages.
Portugal 3 – 3 Spain – the game of the tournament! Who could forget this modern football classic? Nobody does it better than Ronaldo when the big competitions come around. And on this occasion, he didn’t disappoint. The game was poised at 3-2 in favour of Spain, with less that 5 minutes to go. When Portugal got a free kick, up stepped Ronaldo. Standing over the ball, he composed himself! Then he struck the sweetest of shots over the wall and into the back of the net. The game finished 3-3, but we saw the best of games in World Cup History.
These are only a few outstanding moments from last years Cup. But don’t worry, you won’t need to wait another 4 years for the next World Cup. The Women’s World Cup in France is about to kick off! Fingers crossed that it will provide us with many more memorable moments.
The defending champions USA are the favourites to win the tournament. With top goal scorer Alex Morgan, the US is going to be hard to beat. The hosts France are second Favourites... They will be counting on the home crowds getting behind them. They will be hoping that they can repeat the success of the men’s team last year. Make sure you watch this exciting event to find out which nation will bring home the coveted trophy.