20 years ago, I was in Thailand, where I witnessed the France ’98 final between France and Brazil. That moment changed my life, making me a football fan forever. Now with the 2018 Final all said and done, I’m happy to say that another French Golden Generation is on the cusp of greatness. I’m totally sad for Croatia who, for the majority of this tournament, played some scintillating football from the start to the final, especially from Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric. But France, dive aside, did the nasty and made sure they played compact, counter attacking football and capitalized on moments to get them through as 4-2 winners today. What a game, and what an end to this tournament. Hell, even Pussy Riot was able to crash the party! How cool is that? (which probably means jail time for them….crap)
However, a big thing to note this year was that it was just full of big moments. From the big boys losing it big time to upstarts trying to make names for themselves, we were treated to highs, lows, and lots and lots of VAR. And what about those upsets? Surprises from Japan, Senegal, Russia and Mexico were some of the few of course. Now that it’s all over, I feel totally empty. I mean, I’m not gonna watch MLB, so what the heck else am I gonna do? I’m gonna miss talking about this World Cup and all the ferocity that was seen in highlights from every Group match to the Final. Fox Soccer wasn’t kidding when they mentioned in their coverage of the Final that this event is the “the greatest collective experience we have as human beings.” If you didn’t see that connection, that desire to win and celebrate in the faces of the fans, you definitely saw it in each and every player on the pitch.
With this, I feel like it’s time to say goodbye to the World Cup. What a tournament, and what a win for France. Who would’ve thought that they would do it again twenty years exactly after the triumph of ’98? That’s football for ya, and from here on out, that a wrap until 2022.