Tears of joy of victory and sadness of defeat, simulation and exploits, bright colors, stars and a little politics.
Tears of joy of victory and sadness of defeat, the failure of favorites and the success of outsiders, simulation, and exploits, bright colors, stars and a little bit of politics: the BBC has assembled a photo gallery about the most important than memorable world Cup in Russia.
The world Cup began to surprise at the very beginning: first of all, a departure from the tournament’s main favorites.
The photo shows one of the most beautiful goals of the championship: Toni Kroos in the last seconds of the match scored from the penalty Sweden, and Germany wins in the tough match. This, however, the exploits of the Champions of the 2014 world over: “German machine” in the next match, and he loses South Korea, finishing in last place in the group goes home.
Little better was the fate of the two stars of world football — Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi — and their teams: Portugal and Argentina was eliminated from the tournament in one day — at the stage of 1/8 finals.
Brazil lasted longer, but remember not that, and the endless “dives” Neymar. It is estimated that he spent on the pitch a total of 13 minutes and 50 seconds.
The team that has done more than it expected — England. Gareth Southgate led the team to the semifinals for the first time in a quarter century and immediately became a national hero and role model: fans were massively buying vests — the main attribute of the English style coach.
By the way, about the fans. At the world Cup came to Russia more than 2 million people, and the number of foreign tourists in itself was a striking spectacle.
In Moscow the fans particularly liked, adjacent to red Square, Nikolskaya street.
And there were Japanese fans, notable for the fact that clean up after themselves after the game.
However, so organized was not all. The behavior of the Argentine Diego Maradona in the stands has overshadowed the game itself Messi.
The 2018 world Cup became the first major football tournament, where he used video replay. When the system was implemented, there were concerns that it may adversely affect the dynamics of the game, but it looks like it turned out exactly the opposite: viewing the video replay was quite exciting, and sometimes dramatic process.
As you know, the world champion this year was the team of France, but Croats still consider heroes of the tournament: for the first time in its history reached the final of the world Cup. And three consecutive games, including the semi-final with England, the Croatian team had to play in overtime.
Photo: joyful Croats after the victory over the British in the rush of feelings fall on the photographer Yuri Cortez.
Not done at the world Cup and without a policy. In the middle of the final match, held in Moscow “Luzhniki”, the field ran the participants of the punk band Pussy Riot, dressed in police uniforms. The art group said that the action was called “the Policeman comes into play”. So they demand the release of political prisoners, to stop the criminal cases connected with repost in social networks, arrests at rallies, and to restore political competition.
And the cherry on the dessert: the photo which, we think, requires no comment.