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Interesting Facts About the 2018 World Cup

Well, the curtain has fallen on the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The fans have gone home, Russians go back to their normal routines, and the venues will sit empty in solitude until their host clubs resume domestic duties. And let’s not forget France, who are now back celebrating their World Cup triumph with their fans in Paris, 20 years after winning it there.

It’s sad to see the World Cup officially over. For me, it always fills that one month of my summer with pure radiance! Now, I must wait until 2022 when Qatar will have the honor Russia just did.

Before the World Cup started, I prayed that there would be some surprising matches along the way. And surprises I received. Mind you, some of those surprises weren’t good ones, but I guess that’s why it’s called ‘surprises’.

I took notes of everything that happened during the four weeks of the tournament: goals scored, cards given, etc. And yet some interesting things came out of this World Cup, which I’d like to point out in no particular order:

  1. We Did it! Uruguay and Belgium were the only teams to win all of their group games!
  2. You’re Fired! The coach of the Spanish team, Julen Lopetegui, was fired two days before the World Cup began after accepting the manager position with Real Madrid. Some will argue this caused La Roja to ultimately go home early after losing on penalties to Russia.
  3. Everybody Scores! Every team scored at least one goal! Long time since that’s happened!
  4. What? No Goals? Although every team scored at least one goal, there was one goalless draw in the group stage between France vs. Denmark.
  5. Going Home Empty-Handed. Egypt and Panama were the only teams that did not earn a point. In other words, neither earned neither a win nor draw.
  6. Curse of the Champions. Pre-tournament favorites Germany, who won the tournament four years ago in Brazil, went out in the group stage. In fact, this was the third time in a row that the defending World Cup champion failed to qualify for the knockout stages! What’s worse for Germany, was this was the first time in history that they went out in the group stage.
  7. All European Final Four. All the teams in the final four were European, the fifth time in the tournament for this to happen (1934, 1966, 1982 and 2006)
  8. No Red! Not one red card was issued for a violent tackle. This surprised me the most as I was expecting a plethora of them throughout the tournament. Don’t ask me why.

Which one surprised you the most?

It’s also worth noting the final between France and Croatia was the first final in 16 years that didn’t need to be settled in extra time. Well, I’m done rambling, so now back to the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!


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5 Reasons to Watch the World Cup

So tomorrow will be the beginning of what I consider to be the greatest tournament in the world: the FIFA World Cup. Some people love it, some like it to a certain degree, while others have little to no interest in it at all.  I intend to watch as many games as I possibly can, even if that means I have to miss out on a class or two. I’ve anxiously waited for this during the last four years, and I absolutely get into the madness of it all. I follow soccer year-round, from my beloved Real Madrid, World Cup qualifiers and UEFA Champions League – I could go on! This World Cup is particularly interesting because it will be hosted by Brazil. Brazilians seem to be masters at the game, especially as they have won the title five times. Just about every Brazilian loves the game and will look forward to seeing the tournament being played in their own backyard.

As I am in Spain, avoiding World Cup fever is impossible. Everyone is talking about it and some are hoping Spain can lift the cup again in Rio as they did four years ago in Johannesburg (we shall see).

No matter your interest, here’s five reasons why YOU should watch the World Cup:

  1. It’s the world’s game. Every country on the planet knows it, so every country will be interested in it, even if they are not actually participating in the tournament.
  2. It’s a great excuse to have a longer lunch break, or even skip work. Perhaps, your boss is soccer fan and will let everyone watch a game or two at the office since most of the games will be on during day (depending on where you are).
  3. The World Cup is full of drama, excitement and controversy. Every game is full of surprises, so you never know what is going to happen.
  4. Everyone around the globe seems to forget their daily grind and come together to enjoy the beautiful, insatiable game. As I like to describe it, “The world stops for one second during the World Cup.”
  5. It only comes once every four years.


32 teams and at the end of it all, only one team will be crowned champions of the world. While there are many favorites to win this year, anything can happen. So don’t just watch the “big” games, watch as many games as you can. So do like me and enjoy the beautiful game!

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