2018 Russia. 32 of the world’s best footballing teams & fans are mixing it up, in a great celebration of the brotherhood of football. It is a celebration of nations, great fun, great drama and great fun.
South Korean Fans Carried On Shoulders by Mexican Fans
Mexican Fans Carry South Korean Ambassador On Their Shoulders
Mexican fans paraded around the streets carrying the South Korean Ambassador on their shoulders (after South Korea put world champions, Germany out of the cup with a 2-0 win & allowing Mexico into the last 16.)
One of the All-Time Great Games
France v Argentina (4-3)
Argentina’s captain, Lionel Messe, one of the, if not, ‘the’, greatest player in the world today, smiles and looks at every French player in the eye, as he shakes hands with each member of the opposition, moments before kick-off. When Messi meets France’s Matuidi, they hug each other. The next French player in the line is the 19-year-old French revelation, Kylian Mbappe. Messi gives a warm smile to the new kid on the block and gives him a two handed shake/pat on the arm. Then Messi turns and hugs France’s last player Antoine Griezmann. Game on! And what a game. It reminded me of the famous Brazil v France semi-final many years ago. Football at its finest.
Kante Hacked But Not Falling
42 minutes into a fantastic game of football, France’s Kante was hacked by Mascherano, but Kante refused to fall. ITV commentator, Danny Murphy spotted it and said ‘let me tell you this: Kante has probably stopped him (Mascherano) getting a red (card) because, his honesty, which I love, by the way.” No diving nor rolling around on the ground, just a brave, brilliant & honest French hero doing his thing.
A French Star Is Born
As the great Messi Lionel bows out of the World Cup, a new Pele is born, Frances youngest ever goal scorer in a major competition. And now the humble 19-year-old Mbeppe is giving all his World Cup earnings to charity as he doesn’t think you should be paid to play for your country. Mbappe & Pele are the only two teenagers to score two goals in a World Cup Finals match (Pele saved his for the 1958 final against Sweden). It wasMbeppe’s run in the first half that tore open the game.
Argentinian Fans Sing Forever
92 mins on the clock & 4-2 down, Argentinian fans were still singing. “These are songs of resistance from the Argentinian fans now. They’re still waiving their flags. They’ve been one of the highlights of the tour, for me, their supporters. said TV commentator, Guy Mowby. ‘They’ve been absolutely phenomenal today” said Dannny Murphy.
Another Sensational Game – Belgian Coach Congratulates Japan
Belgium v Japan (3-2)
Moments after one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the World Cup (Belgium came back from 2-0 down to score the winner 4 minutes into injury time), Belgian coach, Roberto Martínez, congratulated Japan: “They were (played) the perfect game. They were so solid. They frustrated us. They were clinical on the counter (attack).” Both sides embraced each other after this epic match. Japan, the underdogs played wonderful attacking football and played without fear against the experienced and much fancied, Belgians. Japan went 2-0 up ans somehow Belgium did a ‘Lazarus’ (came back from the dead! and went on to win an intriguing match.
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If you like these stories, you might like some other World Cup Stories: Rio 2014 Sportsmanship Stories
Or you might like the Argentinian, Martin Palermo’s story (he missed 3 penalties in one match for Argentina but never gave up. Next game he scored for his beloved Argentina!