France Win 2018 World Cup

France have won the 2018 FIFA World Cup in a breathless six-gaol thriller which saw them defeating Croatia 4-2.

Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic netted an own gaol which gave France the lead but Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé were all on the scoresheet to complete the four goals.
Croatia’s Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic both scored for their country.

Golden ball award for player of the tournament was given to Croatia’s Luka Modric, young player award was given to Kilyan Mbappe of France, Golden boot award for highest goal scorer went to Harry Cain of England while Golden gloves award went to Thibaut Courtois of Belgium.

French coach Didier Deschamps joins the exclusive list of coaches who have won the World Cup as player and coach.

The former defender was part of the French national squad to win the tournament in 1998.

Mario Zagallo, a two-time World Cup winner as a Brazil player having lifted the trophy in both 1958 and 1962, managed the feat by then leading his country to glory as a manager in 1970.

Franz Beckenbauer is the only other name on the list, having won the World Cup with Germany as a player in 1974 and again as manager of West Germany in 1990.  Deschamps is the next to join the club almost three decades later.

With this  win France have become only the sixth multiple winners of the tournament, joining Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Germany and Italy.

Les Bleus now tie Uruguay and Argentina with two wins, behind Germany and Italy (four each) and outright leaders Brazil, five-time winners of the title.

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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