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

France won the World Cup 2018
Considered to be the most exciting World Cup in football history, the final in Russia also took place in a special way. There was an own goal, a controversial penalty that was decided by VAR technology. There were also both golden goal and mistakes. After all, it ended with victory for France.
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Two years after the failure of the Euro final which made Didier Deschamps and his students shed tears; however, this time was happy tears when they have 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 a nightmare for all opponents at the most prestigious playground in 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 of 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 just after 5 years.

VAR technology is popularly applied
After two years of experimentation in various tournaments, Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was put into use in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and achieved great success. Apart from some minor controversy, VAR has been considered as a useful tool which 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 final decision from the referee. After the success at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 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 the time of leading Real after being promoted from the Real B team in January, 2016; Zidane did help the football club win the La Liga championship in 2016 - 2017 season, Spanish Super Cup 2017 and 3 consecutive Champions League championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Those glories made the leaving news become unexpected. However, according to sports analysts, because Zidane had achieved all successes at club level in a fast and unimaginable way, so he may want to find a new challenge to prove his ability. The leaving of Coach Zidane pushed Los Blancos into a difficult situation. They seem to play very hard in this season.

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

Ronaldo officially left Real Madrid to become new player of 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 important role in Turin.

Manchester City smash a lot of records in 2017-18 Premier League season
The 2017-18 season saw the absolute dominance of Manchester City when they broke many Premier League records. Coach Pep Guardiola and his team became the team which gained the most points (100), scored the most goals (106), won the most matches (32), the longest winning series (18), championed with the biggest difference (19 points) and so on. However, after gaining many successes, Man City promises 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 a great year of 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 Champions League last season can recognize the excellence of this midfielder. It is unlikely that Real can have 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 as indispensable news, that “Professor” said farewell still surprised many people. Although Wenger has been not successful in the past decade, he is still considered as the greatest coach in Arsenal history. After coach Wenger left, Arsenal began a new era with their new coach Unai Emery.

Wenger has been considered as the greatest coach in football history of Arsenal
Leicester City owner died in a Helicopter crash
Thai Billionaire, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is the main character who is behind the modern fairy tail called 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, Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir who controls Inter Milan; but Vichai was the most successful investor when 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 of 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 of the German soccer team

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