The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup concluded in Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital of Moscow. 32 nations, divided into eight groups, battled it out for the coveted trophy in the quadrennial month-long event. France emerged as the champion team of the FIFA World Cup 2018. It has defeated Croatia in a thrilling final by 4-2. It was the second world cup win for France, it first won in 1998.
Here are some Important Highlights and Special Awards of the FIFA 2018 World Cup:
1. Golden Ball Award: Croatian captain Luka Modric won the Golden Ball for the World Cup’s Best Player. Modric won Man-Of-The-Match three times in Croatia’s seven games in Russia.
2. Golden Glove Award: Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove award for the best goalkeeper.
3. Golden Boot Award: England’s Harry Kane won the World Cup Golden Boot. He was the top scorer with six goals.
4. Young Player Award: France’s Kylian Mbappe won the Young Player award. He scored the game’s finest goal and became the first teenager to register in the final since Pele in 1958.
5. Fairplay Award: Spain was awarded the Fairplay Award for being the most disciplined team in the tournament.
6. Man of the Match in Final: Antoine Griezmann (France).
1. The Prize money for the champion team was 38 million US Dollars.
2. Zabivaka was the official mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
3. The official song of the tournament was “Live It Up”, with vocals from Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi.
First time in the history of world cup VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system
FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar.