The 2018 World Cup: 7 Lessons Learned In Russia

 

The 2018 World cup has gone down in history as arguably the best World cup of all time!  From all of the World cups I’ve seen from start to finish It’s personally my favorite one too.

 

It may not have had the Superstar teams like in 1998, nor the best player in the world on absolute fire, who actually turns up and destroys everyone (Ronaldo Lima 2002), or even a  consistent dominant performance by one side giving the other side nothing but crumbs in terms of possession.. Spain 2010.

 

Instead we were gifted more often than not with very evenly matched games from the group stages all the way to the final. Jam packed action with teams actually going for it, unlike the last two world cups (They were very cagey).

 

Tons of good quality goals, and even new technology being used for the first time in a World cup called V.A.R. (AKA Video Assistant Referee) all helped to make this in my eyes the greatest world cup thus far.

 

The World cup was on for four weeks so as much as I enjoyed watching the games, I couldn’t help but pick up some lessons that I learned myself or I witnessed an individual or a team learn.

 

I believe these 7 lessons will help you even if you don’t play football, and will keep your mental state of mind sharp.. because it’s all about mental health too not just  physical health.

 

So below are the 2018 World cup 7 lessons learned in Russia!

 

Having The Title Of World Champs Means Nothing… You Must Work Even Harder!

So you’ve won something before… so what! That’s in the past and you cannot let that fond memory stop you from putting in that effort in the present.

 

Take the former champs Germany for example from the 2014 world cup.  People thought that their failure to win at the 2016 Euros was just a fluke and they would be one of the strong favorites to win the world cup again in two years time.

 

With a veteran manager Joachim Löw who has been managing the German national side for over 10 years. You’d think they’d at least get past the first phase of the competition   which is the group stage right?

 

Instead Löw’s team ended up rock bottom of their group with only three points out of a possible 9, and  left shell shocked, embarrassed and rightfully upset.

So what actually happened to Löw’s side then?

 

Taking into account   this is not a gossip magazine, It was reported that there was a rift in the German camp even before they had touched down in Russia.  A few rumours that are now known to be facts are as followed..

Manuel Neuer  Being Chosen As The Number 1 Goalkeeper  Ahead Of Marc-André Ter Stegen Just Because He Is Manuel Neuer   

Manuel  Neuer was good in the past but if we are going off recent work, he has declined over the last 2  or even 3 years for his club.

 

Taking into account that due to injury, he had only played 4 games for his club this season, then he should not have even been on the plane!

All the while you have Marc-André ter Stegen  who is rated top 5 best goalkeeper on the planet right now.

 

This for me was a showcase of Joachim Löw being very naïve and choosing someone just because he was a top keeper, and banking on him still being one.

When in fact there was no reason to take that gamble when you have someone in your squad like Ter stegen, a young goalkeeper who you could see easily becoming the best keeper of his era if he stays focused, no big injures, hungry and  honed right.

Political Issues Before The World Cup  

Mesut Özil & İlkay Gündoğan who are both of Turkish descent but were also born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, decided it would be a great idea to meet up with the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan right before the world cup where they would be representing Germany.

 

Without getting into politics too much the Turkish president is not liked very much by his own country let alone by the Germans, and many of the German fans were outraged and thought that the pair of them should not have been taken to the World cup.

 

I believe this made sure that only a German triumph at the tournament could ensure that Özil would escape a harsh backlash from  the German press and that Gündoğan would only get to participate more often than not as a substitute, rather than a starter.

 

This could not have gone down well with some of the players and particularly the coaching staff… which did not help their cause and of course with the fans who saw them as traitors.

Gündoğan even went as far as to refer to the Turkish leader as “My president”, so I can see why some people were not happy with this photo coming into a World cup.

 

DID YOU KNOW?: Mesut Özil has now retired from international duty, as he believes he is being discriminated against because of Turkish roots.

Leroy Sané Not Going To The World Cup

A blessing in disguise maybe after what ended up happening to Germany, but I  do think this was another mistake from Löw; not choosing Leroy Sané, the 2018 PFA Young Player Of The year.

 

The Manchester City winger who is only 22 years of age   had a great season for only his second season In the English Premier league, scoring 14 goals and assisting 17 goals in all competitions.

 

He was then selected for some pre World cup friendlies  but then told he was not going to be in the squad. Now this upset the German players as they could see that he should have been selected.

 

Löw’s failure to also nip this one in the bud is another factor of the divide between him and the players he chose.

So as you can see the past really means nothing, in terms of what you have done or won, but then also this is a quote from Löw and this kind of sums it all up don’t you think?

“The team worked well, players were training really well. But the two friendly matches, against Austria and Saudi Arabia, were not good. Maybe we thought at the push of a button we could shift gears, but we lost against Mexico. If we had taken a point it would have been different. We couldn’t flip that switch. We were convinced once the tournament started we would be able to play well but it didn’t happen.”

 

Being Positive Can Take You To Places Others Couldn’t Even Imagine

 

If there ever was a clear example of where positivity can take you look no further than the England squad. No longer bogged down by the English press as they were too tired to write up negative stories to try to derail the squad for a juicy story… because let’s face it England would be coming out at the group stage like they did in 2014 In Brazil right?

 

Instead what we saw was the team reaching the Semi-finals and eventually getting 4th spot, which for everything this nation has been through i.e underachieving for so long, was a massive achievement/ a huge step in the right direction.

 

The press expected nothing, the fans expected nothing and the England team gave you something. This is a lesson in itself when you expect nothing and get something you are automatically in a state of gratitude, rather than expecting/demanding that you get it.

 

England Manager Gareth Southgate had previously been in charge of the Under 21’s and many people, including myself (Still am) were skeptical of his appointment especially in the long term.

 

As it stands though, no one can begrudge him and say he has not done a fantastic job thus far. He has made the team come together and it seems from a distance, the complete opposite of the German camp, a very positive environment to be in.

 

On paper this England team has had much better players (on paper), but I think it’s clear the problem was, using the example of the 2002 England team; they simply did not get on with each other due to divisions between cliques from rival clubs and huge expectations from the fans and the press.

The England World Cup Team From 02

This new found positivity also helped England to win a penalty shoot out, a feat they had never managed in a World Cup tournament before.

This was the highlight of the tournament for the English fans because they had never expected to ever see England win a penalty shoot out in their lifetime.

So when  you’ve got a group of people who are positive and not negative this is the sort of impact you can make,  they didn’t win but for every player that went on that plane,

I can assure you their lives will never been the same again because of this experience.

 

You Cannot Win The World Cup On Your Own

Just like achieving greatness in life you cannot do it all on your own, we need each other and there is only so much one man/ woman can do on their own before needing some help.

 

I mean it’s cool to be independent and being able to do things for yourself, but the higher you go in any field you’re going to need some help.. better yet a team.

 

A Gardener will not get uptight about tending to a Garden that is 10 acres long and the owner asking him if he has people to support him, it’s a huge Garden and a long and hard task for one person to do alone.. let alone do it well and on schedule.

 

There can only be one winner at the World cup every four years, the difference being from let’s say  Portugal who did not win and Argentina who also did not win but both came out at the same phase (Round of 16) is that the Portuguese players were working for each other.

 

They were trying to make their best player  (Cristiano Ronaldo) do the best he could which would then possibly lead them to winning the World cup.

 

Argentina who very nearly did not make it, did not play very well at all. They played like it was every man for himself and doing their best to make themselves look good and their best player (Lionel Messi) not being able to produce what we have seen time and time again from him at Barcelona.

 

Team work makes the dream work as they say,  right now looking at this Argentinean side, if they carry on like this in  the next 4 years it will be a long time before they ever qualify for a World cup again.

 

Others Can Talk Smack.. But It’s up To You To Make Them Eat It  

People will talk smack all the time out of fear, jealousy and envy.. when you deem yourself, whether verbally or subconsciously as great, most people are then  going to tend to hate and lash out.

Take Paul Pogba for example In 2016 he came back to a very much struggling Manchester united side for the world record transfer fee at the time of  £89.3 million.

 

This did not go down very well at all with the Media and football fans as they were questioning whether he was worth that money or not. I mean it’s a lot of money, we all know that but the stick that he got before he even kicked a ball, which then led to a negative campaign of  just over two years has been nothing short of a disgrace.

 

Apparently all of his abilities went out of the window because of his weekly Hair style changes.. yeah the same ones he was having in Turin that got him the move back to United in the first place!

 

Since now winning the World cup  and shutting up a lot of the haters (For now), people have woken up to the fact that Paul Pogba cannot make Manchester United great all by himself.

 

He is a great player and in actual fact it’s his manger Jose Mourinho who has  not been able to sort out the Manchester United team and get them playing well, let alone wanting to see elite performances from Pogba when the teammates mainly (Central Midfield partners) are a load of rubbish.

 

They are a few others that I enjoyed watching  prove their haters wrong such as Harry Kane, Luka Modrić and Eden Hazard.. but I went with Pogba because it was  worse than the others mentioned.

 

So  do what Pogba did and show mental toughness, keep going and  ignore the hate and show the world what you’re made of!

 

The Simple Things Should Not Be Overlooked

Germany found this out the hard way! Just turning up is sometimes all you need to do, very simple yet the hardest thing to do when we decide to over complicate things and make it harder than it actually is.

 

Simplicity is the key to brilliance as the quote says below..

Brilliance is exactly what we got at this year’s World cup from all of the simple set pieces such as Corners, Freekicks & Penalties that were taken and scored.

 

I’m not sure of the actual number scored via the set pieces but I know it’s over 60 goals, and this number outweighs the flashy tricks and skills that went in fewer times.

 

Mainly because it was a touch too much and ran out of play, a poor touch and out of play, or just too much time dwelling on the ball.. are you getting the point now about not over-complicating things?

 

Also considering before the world cup had started set pieces in general were taken very poorly as a whole in Football, so I was very surprised and happy to see this happen as I’ve once or twice shouted at the  screen about a professional player not being able to do something so basic as a set piece properly executed.

 

Put Trust & Faith In The Youth (If You’re Young Yourself Then Put That In You!)   

If you’re old stop underestimating the youth, they are the future and they will do what you couldn’t do when it’s their time to shine. I would also say that investing in the youth is a smart move because they’re able to learn in ways that are typically not rigid because they are not yet used to doing things in a certain way.

If you’re young yourself then put that trust and faith in you!

I know it can be hard trying to do things for the first time, as it’s your first time all the time because you’re so young.. but use  the fact you’ve not done many things in life as your power.

What I mean is you can become good at something with practice day after day, then who knows you may want to take it a step further and become great or a master at it.

 

Stop  listening to older people about what you should do, and start attempting to do things that you want to do.

 

See what happens and with time you may have attempted 500 things and then decided to stick with  only 10 of those, that’s still a lot considering your Gaming, TV and Procrastination time has dropped dramatically since you started these ventures!

I was very happy to see the Managers at the World cup giving the younger players a starting role, rather than over the hill players who really shouldn’t have any business at the world cup.

 

For this reason we had a lot of new players people had on a global scale, never heard of before which kept things fresh and interesting.

 

In an Internet age where everything is so connected it was nice to see some unknown players and be excited about what they could bring to the table.

Here are some young players that caught the eye at the world cup

Benjamin Pavard

Yerry Mina

Jordan Pickford

Corentin Tolisso

Hirving Lozano

Crisitian Pavon

Kylian Mbappe

I couldn’t not show the stand out youngster of the whole World cup.. and deserving winner of the Best Young Player Award Kylian Mbappe!

Have a look at this fantastic goal against Argentina.

C7 First Shot Last Shot In Action

For those of you who have not seen my video on First shot last shot, I suggest you click the link, scroll down and you’ll see the video I’m talking about or it may not make much sense to you otherwise…(Click Here)

Now I’m trusting you’ve now seen the video (Don’t break it now) even though this was the last minute of the game if you flip this around and  go in with the mindset of this was his first shot, I believe you can learn from that when you are taking your shot in life, an actual free kick or nah.. it doesn’t matter..BURY IT!

 

THAT’S IT!

I really enjoyed sharing this with you guys. Please do let me know though…

What Was Your Fav Lesson Here?

 

What Players Did You Enjoy Watching And Why?

 

What Did You Make Of The Germans Terrible Performance?

 

Was This The Best World Cup Ever?

 

What Did You Make Of All Of This?

Of course Any other questions are always welcome just leave a comment below

Until Then Ciao

We  Look  Up 大 

Karim David

The Healthy One

218 Comments

  1. Mikal Stanbury August 1, 2018 at 5:49 am

    Yerry Mina really shocked me.

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    1. Karim August 1, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      He did really well.. so powerful!

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  2. Palle Michaelsen August 1, 2018 at 6:40 am

    I love this post Karim! Germany are so poor right now, I’m sure they will back though.

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    1. Karim August 1, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks and I would think so Palle 🙂

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  3. Albert Higgins August 1, 2018 at 7:45 am

    I love the positive outlook you have, the honesty great job.

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    1. Karim August 1, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you Albert.. It means a lot 🙂

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  4. Lydia Hervadursodottir August 1, 2018 at 8:42 am

    This was the best World cup ever!

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    1. Karim August 1, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      I think so too 🙂

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  5. Owen Fennil August 1, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Germany flopped hard no two ways about it lol.

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    1. Karim August 1, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      Agreed Owen 🙂

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  6. Hanne Caspersen August 1, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I thought Eriksen did really well, also kasper schmeichel 🙂

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    1. Karim August 1, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      Yeah they did very well 🙂

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  7. Sylvain Mignard August 1, 2018 at 10:11 am

    I love what you said about Pogba, nice to see someone gets it 🙂

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    1. Karim August 1, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      Yeah it’s well overdue to be honest Sylvain 🙂

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  8. Harry Goldsmith August 1, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Monster of a post this one was mate!

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    1. Karim August 1, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks Harry!

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  9. Caroline Durand August 1, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Epic post!

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    1. Karim August 1, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Thank you Caroline 🙂

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  10. Samuel Bittencourt August 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    The best world cup was this and 1998 😉

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    1. Karim August 1, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      I smell a Frenchmen 😉

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  11. Andrew Clee August 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Nice touch I never notice how long this was 🙂

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 4:58 pm

      That’s always a good sign 🙂

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  12. Shenice Branwell August 1, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    So much love for this, Ronaldo was the best in my eyes.

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks Shenice 🙂

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  13. Jocelyn Isaacs August 1, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Germany are awful, Mbappe was the best him and Ronaldo, this was the best world cup and I thought this was very good!

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks for sharing Jocelyn.. Agreed best world cup!

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  14. Wayan Eubanks August 1, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Yes this was the best world cup.. this was a great world cup article, better than the stupid newspapers!

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      AHAHAH! thank you Wayan 🙂

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  15. Nicole Dias August 1, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    The World cup was the best ever!!!

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Facts!

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  16. Aimee Crymble August 1, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Jordan Pickford even though he was in goal 🙂

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Nothing wrong with that he played well Aimee

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  17. Kaven Oaton August 1, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Fantastic motivation Karim!

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      I’m glad you think so Kaven 🙂

      Reply
  18. Terry Steer August 1, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Harry Kane was the best to me.

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      I respect that Terry, thanks for letting us know 🙂

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  19. Clinton Tait August 1, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Best world cup I’ve ever seen and I’m 82.

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 5:12 pm

      Hahaha nice 🙂

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  20. Terell Vine August 2, 2018 at 12:53 am

    I do feel sorry for Ozil but he made the right choice to retire.

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      Say no to racism.

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  21. Quintino Biviano August 2, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I’m so sad that Italy did not take part in the greatest world cup of all time.

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      Let’s hope they can make 2022 🙂

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  22. Jaumar Ashburn August 2, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Even with big countries missing this was the greatest world cup!

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      Facts!

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  23. Seb Agulia August 2, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Mbappe & Modrić.

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  24. Daniela Mascaro August 2, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Italy would of have done way better than Germany, the best player was Modrić.

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      Germany were bad, and Luka Modric was fantastic.. thanks for sharing your thoughts Daniela 🙂

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  25. Donna Genna August 2, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    England team what you said was true, I was shocked at how well they did.

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      I think everyone was Donna.. but I’m glad you liked that part, all about positive energy 🙂

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  26. Michel Auch August 2, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Yerry Mina.

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    1. Karim August 2, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      He played really well 🙂

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  27. Olivia Thomas August 2, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    You cannot win the world cup on your own 🙁 I really wanted Ronaldo to do it.

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      He at least had his team working well with him though.. but I get why you said that Olivia 🙂

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  28. Nicola Schimpff August 2, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I dreadful summer to be a German 🙁

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Can’t argue with you there.

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  29. Flaminia Fanton August 2, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Very well said Karim 🙂

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks Flaminia 🙂

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  30. Matt Dalman August 2, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Great post Karim! The best player in my eyes was Mbappe, he did everything well, I don’t even want to write about Germany, THIS WAS THE WORST WORLD CUP! (I’m German) + The young players section I found very good.

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      LOL ok we wont talk about Germany.. thank you so much for digging my post Matt! Yeah Mbappe did really well.

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  31. David Eman August 2, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    This was the best world cup yes.

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      🙂

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  32. Lucas Hagmann August 2, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    I really liked Mbappe and Pogba.

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      They played really well the two of them 🙂

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  33. Claus Jochen August 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    As a German myself I agree that We got to big headed, a lack of effort this is true about us.

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks for the honesty Claus.

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  34. Gemma Van Riet August 2, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I liked the 2002 world cup more because I love the fat Ronaldo.

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      I respect your opinion this was also my fav up until what I just witnessed a month ago Gemma.

      Reply
  35. Timo Abia August 2, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    It pains me to say this but Germany really suck right now! I wanted a new manager too.

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      I agree a new manager to freshen things up.. I really think you could end up how Arsenal was with Wenger, sometimes we just need to start again.. I don’t think Germany will do well again until his gone, like in the long term IE the next euro 2020/ World cup 2022

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  36. Madu Najjar August 2, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    I liked Mbappe and Son.

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      Ah Son never expected to get his name aha.. He did well in like 2 games but was quite in the first and I think that cost Korea dearly. Thank you for giving me a new name, of course everybody loves Mbappe 🙂

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  37. Alaa Touma August 2, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Harry Kane and Mbappe.

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks for letting us know Alaa.. have a great day 🙂

      Reply
  38. Glen Brenner August 2, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    I agree that the coaches would be very upset with Ozil, but I understand why he has walked away from the national team.

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Say no to racism.

      Reply
  39. Carlos Palacio August 3, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Mbappe was the man.

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Young buck shinning

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  40. Omar Said August 3, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Pogba, Mbappe, Harry Kane and Hazard.

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      Ok I like your picks Omar niceeeeeeee.

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  41. Avery Wood August 3, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Germany 0 out of 10.

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  42. Yasmine Qureshi August 3, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Great article I liked the lessons shared here. Modrić was by far the stand out player, but France deserved to win.

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    1. Karim August 3, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      Thank you Yasmine

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  43. Kaeden Guzman August 3, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Kylian mbappe

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks for sharing your fav player 🙂

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  44. Charlie Hughes August 3, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    You cannot do it by yourself was my biggest take-away.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      🙂

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  45. Oliver Foster August 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Others talking smack I liked this part the best.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      🙂

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  46. Milton Colt August 3, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks for this this, I’ve feeling sorry for myself for too long now; I’m ready to get my hands dirty.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Great I’m happy that you have come to this conclusion 🙂

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  47. Ray Morales August 3, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Although I’m not even a fan of football I still got the overall message, Mental health. Thank you Karim 🙂

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      🙂 You’re Welcome Ray.

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  48. Rose Wilkins August 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Kylian Mbappe he was so fast!

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      He was Rose 🙂

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  49. Shawn Edwards August 3, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    I’m a big Ronaldo fan so first shot last shot for me 🙂

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      Haha ok 🙂

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  50. Will Mccarthy August 3, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    The best player either Kylian Mbappe or Eden Hazard.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      🙂

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  51. Gary Sunday August 3, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Ronaldo was the best player on the park.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      Disagree but I respect your opinion Gary.

      Reply
  52. Amanda Newton August 3, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Harry Kane and Eden Hazard.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      🙂

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  53. Chelsea Elliott August 3, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Nice work, I loved the giving the youngsters a chance.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks for letting me know Chelsea 🙂

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  54. Eliza Malcom August 3, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    The simple things should not be overlooked.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:32 pm

      True.

      Reply
  55. Bryan Haney August 3, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    I really felt the keeping it simple bit.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:32 pm

      I’m happy you felt this Bryan 🙂

      Reply
  56. May Brook August 3, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    This world cup had everything you would want so I have to agree with you.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:32 pm

      Yeah it really did May 🙂

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  57. Vanessa Matthews August 3, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    This is better than article written on BBC sports, top job Karim.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Vanessa 😄 THANK YOU!

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  58. John Reynolds August 3, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Harry Kane for the amount of goals scored.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      ok John 🙂

      Reply
  59. Lydia Hale August 3, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    You cannot do it on your own was my fav,This was the best world cup I’ve ever seen.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      True.

      Reply
  60. Zak Olson August 4, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Griezmann.

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  61. Chloe Francis August 4, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I liked Neymar and Mbappe

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  62. Dylan Rogers August 4, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Harry Kane.

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  63. Frank Renou August 4, 2018 at 7:01 am

    I’m huge fan of the world cup and I like all of the lessons here.

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  64. Julianne Goodwin August 4, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Kylian Mbappe stepped up so him.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Yeah he really did step up.

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  65. Fran Cabrera August 4, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Neymar for me.

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    1. Karim August 4, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      I respect your opinion Fran, I just don’t agree he even had a great world cup.. only ok one, plus he scored like 4 goals.. at a stretch good but great, not for me.

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  66. Liam Grant August 4, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    What did you make of the final?

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  67. Danny Thibault August 5, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    I thought Antoine Griezmann played very well.

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    1. Karim August 5, 2018 at 11:49 pm

      Most of his best work came from set pieces Danny, he took almost nearly all of them well.

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    2. Karim August 5, 2018 at 11:49 pm

      🙂

      Reply
  68. Cyrille Stern August 5, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    The simple things point was very true.

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    1. Karim August 5, 2018 at 11:51 pm

      🙂

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  69. Adam Lavaud August 5, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    The world cup had so many amazing goals in them.

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    1. Karim August 5, 2018 at 11:51 pm

      Facts!

      Reply
  70. Tobie Darche August 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    What you said about Germany not putting in the work, reminded me of how I use to be lol!

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    1. Karim August 5, 2018 at 11:51 pm

      Lol Tobie.. Well it’s good you’re not like that no more.

      Reply
  71. Léa Chauve August 6, 2018 at 8:03 am

    The whole french team was the best.

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    1. Karim August 6, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      Agree 🙂

      Reply
  72. Martin Slaat August 6, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Taking my time re-reading this, I like put trust and faith in the youth.

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    1. Karim August 6, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Nice Martin 🙂

      Reply
  73. Auriane Deniau August 6, 2018 at 10:17 am

    The Messi point was my greatest take away.

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    1. Karim August 6, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      🙂

      Reply
  74. Vic Jimenez August 6, 2018 at 10:59 am

    I thought Ozil was very poor at the World cup and wont be a lose to Germany.

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  75. Dries Boerkamp August 6, 2018 at 11:09 am

    I enjoyed Ronaldo’s goals.

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    1. Karim August 6, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      🙂

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  76. Gem Blake August 6, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Top advice thank you so much.

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    1. Karim August 6, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      You’re Welcome 🙂

      Reply
  77. Lee Mazet August 6, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    This one or the 06 world cup is my fav.

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    1. Karim August 6, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      I remember lots of attacking football in the 06 world cup too.

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  78. Rebecca Duncan August 6, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I love what you said about England, the 2002 team did not get on.

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    1. Karim August 6, 2018 at 7:08 pm

      Yeah we must not forget that fact Rebecca.

      Reply
  79. James Will August 6, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Fantastic play all around but I liked the 1966 world cup.

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    1. Karim August 6, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      England fan no doubt.. I’m too young to have seen that so I can’t comment 🙂

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  80. Danni Hardin August 6, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Mbappe.

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    1. Karim August 6, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      He was very good

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  81. Harley Duke August 6, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Eden Hazard.

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    1. Karim August 6, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Yes he was goood.

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  82. Camille Neri August 6, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    I love the proving the haters wrong the most.

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    1. Karim August 7, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Nice yeah I thought most would..Thanks for letting me know Camille 🙂

      Reply
  83. George Chase August 6, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Wow nice article, yes this was the best one and Antoine Griezmann

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    1. Karim August 7, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Thank you George 🙂

      Reply
  84. Ashton Obasy August 7, 2018 at 6:22 am

    You cannot win the world cup on your own.

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    1. Karim August 7, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Thanks for letting me know which one you liked best Ashton 🙂

      Reply
  85. Chris Chidea August 7, 2018 at 7:22 am

    First shot last shot 🙂

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    1. Karim August 7, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Yeahhhhhhh 🙂

      Reply
  86. David Lee August 7, 2018 at 8:03 am

    This world cup was so up and down I got blurred eyes.

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    1. Karim August 7, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Aha David

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  87. Claude Peters August 7, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Paul Pogba by far.

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    1. Karim August 7, 2018 at 10:59 am

      He played well for sure 🙂

      Reply
  88. Natasha Rutledge August 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Mbappe

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  89. Lynn Cruz August 8, 2018 at 12:27 am

    luka Modric

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    1. Karim August 8, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      🙂

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  90. Anna Wilfred August 8, 2018 at 12:43 am

    First shot last shot or back the youth.

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    1. Karim August 8, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks for letting us know Anna 🙂

      Reply
  91. Samuel Harvey August 8, 2018 at 5:55 am

    Ronaldo

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    1. Karim August 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      🙂

      Reply
  92. Kara Nicolau August 8, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Griezmann

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    1. Karim August 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Cool thanks for letting us know Kara 🙂

      Reply
  93. Melissa Antoniou August 8, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Positive energy really works, I’ve been telling myself I can do things and I’m doing them!

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    1. Karim August 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Of course! I’m really happy you took action and found out for yourself 🙂

      Reply
  94. Louie Elliott August 8, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    My top player was Griezmann

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    1. Karim August 8, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      Ok thanks for sharing that with us Louie.. you’re not the only one 🙂

      Reply
  95. Stela Jones August 8, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    The best one

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    1. Karim August 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      For sure 🙂

      Reply
  96. Lousie Nauw August 8, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    This was the best one.

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    1. Karim August 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      Yup!

      Reply
  97. John Blekman August 8, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    All of the france players.

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    1. Karim August 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks for letting us know John 🙂

      Reply
  98. Josh Dawson August 9, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Paul Pogba.

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    1. Karim August 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      🙂

      Reply
  99. Rikkert Borrel August 9, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Mina.

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    1. Karim August 9, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      Cool.

      Reply
  100. Oscar Mach August 9, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Well said There is so much to take away from this.

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    1. Karim August 9, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks I’m glad you think so 🙂

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    2. Karim August 11, 2018 at 5:36 pm

      🙂

      Reply
  101. Rob Barto August 9, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    The world cup was amazing to watch.

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    1. Karim August 9, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      True.

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    2. Karim August 11, 2018 at 5:36 pm

      Yeah it really was 🙂

      Reply
  102. Ray Flowers August 11, 2018 at 4:47 am

    I think Antoine Griezmann should have won best player.

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    1. Karim August 11, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      I don’t agree but I respect your opinion/grateful you shared this with us Ray.

      Reply
  103. Sammy Dawson August 11, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Ronaldo

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    1. Karim August 11, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      He played very well.

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  104. Allison Baker August 11, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Neymar

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    1. Karim August 11, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      Ok thanks for letting us know Allison.

      Reply
  105. Sydney Schultz August 11, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Harry Kane

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    1. Karim August 11, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      🙂

      Reply
  106. Jess Parker August 11, 2018 at 9:59 am

    David Sliva

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    1. Karim August 11, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      The first person to say this, to me he was not even the best for Spain let alone the rest.. but I respect your choice, he did well in nearly all of the games to be fair.

      Reply
  107. Vic Mason August 11, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Thoughts on Luka Modric’s world cup?

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    1. Karim August 11, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      He won best player for a reason Vic 🙂 whether people think someone else deserved it is always up for debate, but he played well enough in all of the games to deserve to be in the running. I thought his stand out game was against Argentina and then played well but not as well in the remaining games he had left. All in all he was for sure top 3 best player at the World cup.

      Reply
  108. Mohamed Acosta August 11, 2018 at 10:51 am

    This World cup was epic! the best player for me was Modric.

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    1. Karim August 11, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      🙂 Yeah it really was

      Reply
  109. Jessica Rogers August 11, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Mbappe

    Reply
    1. Karim August 11, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      🙂

      Reply
  110. Jerry Langley August 11, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Harry Kane

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    1. Karim August 11, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      He scored the most goals and put right his Euro 2016.

      Reply
  111. Saul Rosa August 11, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    The best world I’v ever seen in my life.

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    1. Karim August 11, 2018 at 5:46 pm

      World cup Saul.. me too man, me too!

      Reply
  112. Dexter Whitaker August 11, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Costa from Spain

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    1. Karim August 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      I don’t think anyone mentioned him yet, good shout he was good with the games he had.. but someone of the others played more games so for that reason I don’t agree, but I respect your opinion and he did play great.

      Reply

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