World Cup 2018

Soccer has been recognized as the world’s most popular sport, which attracts many football-mad folk all over the world. In 2018, world football experienced many changes, with both impressive events and tragic drama. Let’s review 10 outstanding football events that happened last year.

France won the World Cup 2018

Considered the most exciting World Cup in football history, the final in Russia also specially took place. There was an own goal, a controversial penalty that was decided by VAR technology. There were also both golden goals and mistakes. After all, it ended with victory for France.

Xem kenh bong da tv truc tuyen mien phi Two years after the failure of the Euro final which made Didier Deschamps and his students shed tears; however, this time, happy tears when they stood on the highest platform of the world football. Experts and football fans also believe that with the golden players, “The Gallic cock” can even rule the world in the future.

Real Madrid completed the Champions League hat-trick. With Zinedine Zidane on the bench, Real can stride over every curse. The bald guy was able to turn the Spanish football team into a nightmare for all opponents at the most prestigious playground on the continent. Although Real has lost their position in La Liga, they still dominated Europe when winning the Champions League three times in a row.

Real Madrid won the Champions League three consecutive times. On the way to defending the throne, Los Blancos had overcome a series of formidable opponents such as Paris SG, Juventus, Bayern Munich, and Liverpool. Real has shown that this is their golden era when they could win 4 Champions League championships in just 5 years.

VAR technology is popularly applied. After two years of experimentation in various tournaments, Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was used in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and achieved great success. Apart from some minor controversy, VAR has been considered a useful tool that can bring justice to the “king sport.”

VAR technology has been widely used in football. Besides, this technology is able to increase football fans’ nervousness when waiting for a final decision from the referee. After the 2018 FIFA World Cup success, VAR has been welcomed by many other tournaments, including Serie A and Champions League.

Zinedine Zidane suddenly left Real Madrid.

Five days after winning the third successive Champions League, Coach Zidane suddenly announced to quit Real Madrid, which shocked football fans all over the world.

Zidane suddenly announced to leave Real Madrid after gaining a lot of successes
During their time leading Real after being promoted from the Real B team in January 2016, Zidane helped the football club win the La Liga championship in the 2016 - 2017 season, the Spanish Super Cup 2017, and 3 consecutive Champions League championships in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Those glories made the leaving news unexpected. However, according to sports analysts, because Zidane had achieved all their successes at the club level in a fast and unimaginable way, he may want to find a new challenge to prove his ability. The leaving of Coach Zidane pushed Los Blancos into a problematic situation. They play very hard this season.

Ronaldo left Real Madrid.

Not long after coach Zidane left, C. Ronaldo also said goodbye to Real Madrid and its fans. According to the Spanish press, CR7 decided to leave because of conflicts that could not be reconciled with Real Madrid’s Management Board (headed by President Florentino Perez). That the Portuguese “superstar” left is shocking news for Real Madrid and the La Liga tournament.

Ronaldo officially left Real Madrid to become the new player for Juventus
For the first time in 9 years, football fans no longer see the competition of two superstars, Messi and C. Ronaldo, in Spain’s Number 1 football tournament. After moving to Juventus, C. Ronaldo continued to prove his essential role in Turin.

Manchester City smash a lot of records in the 2017-18 Premier League season

.The 2017-18 season saw Manchester City's absolute dominance, as they broke many Premier League records. Coach Pep Guardiola and his team became the team that gained the most points (100), scored the most goals (106), won the most matches (32), had the longest winning series (18), was championed with the biggest difference (19 points), and so on. However, after many successes, Man City promised to face many difficulties in the crown protection road in 2019.

Premier League records were broken by Manchester City

Luka Modric conquered the football world in 2018

2018 was an excellent year for Luka Modric. After winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, this midfielder continued to shine brightly to help Croatia enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. Luka Modric officially ended the dominance of C. Ronaldo and Messi to receive all noble titles such as Europe’s Best Player, Best Player awarded by FIFA, and Golden Ball.

Luka Modric conquered the football world in 2018 - TheVang

Anyone who has seen Modric playing in La Liga and the Champions League last season can recognize the excellence of this midfielder. It is unlikely that Real could have had such a successful period without him.

Coach Wenger left Arsenal after 22 years.

After 22 years of coaching, Wenger suddenly said goodbye to Arsenal after the 2017-18 season ended. Although this is considered indispensable news, that “Professor” said farewell still surprised many people. Although Wenger has not been successful in the past decade, he is still considered the greatest coach in Arsenal's history. After coach Wenger left, Arsenal began a new era with their new coach, Unai Emery.

Wenger has been considered the greatest coach in Arsenal's football history.

Leicester City owner died in a Helicopter crash

.Thai Billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is the main character behind the modern fairy tale Leicester with the 2015-16 Premier League championship. Along with Vichai, many Southeast Asian citizens have invested in European football, such as Malaysian billionaire Vincent Tan, who owns Cardiff City, and Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir, who controls Inter Milan. Still, Vichai was the most successful investor when they helped Leicester City win the most attractive football tournament in the world.

Leicester City owner died with four others in a Helicopter crash

The day the helicopter carrying him and four other people fell outside King Power stadium after a few seconds of taking off on October 27 was the saddest day for Leicester Club and their fans.

The German soccer team had a bad year.

Despite being highly appreciated, the German team had to stop right at the group stage of the 2018 World Cup. After this incident, Mesut Ozil left the National Team because he could not stand the “attack” of public opinion.

2018 is a bad year for the German soccer team

Moreover, the German team continued to disappoint when they ranked at the bottom of the Nations League (with Netherlands and France) and were pushed down to League B the following season.