2018 FIFA World Cup


Christy Zhou

RUSSIA – The FIFA World Cup is held every four years. The last World Cup was held in Brazil, and the next one will be the 21st FIFA World Cup and will be held in Russia.

Fifteen years ago, on October 7th, 2001, China’s National Soccer Team got the chance to compete in FIFA World Cup. However, on the same day, China lost the game at their home field during the Top 12 Asian countries to Syria by 1:0.

Everyone thought that, China again, cannot enter the World Cup. Not only because they lost this game, but also because they only scored one point throughout the entire group game.

Marcello Lippi, a famous Italian soccer coach, was officially hired to be the main coach for the national team on October 22nd, 2016. He coached the famous football team “Juventus Football Club

S.p.A.” for 8 years.

During that time he was coaching, they won 5 League Cups, 4 Supercoppa Italiana, and one UEFA Champions League. He also led the Italian national team to be the champion of 2006 FIFA World Cup, bringing the Chinese soccer fans some hope.

Brazil, one of the best soccer countries, has 5 stars on their national team uniform, meaning they had won 5 champion of the FIFA World Cup. It is the only country that won 5 times, and is the country which won the title the most times.

They also has numerous good soccer players, such as forward Neymar, Ronald, Willian, midfielder Kaka, Oscar, defender David Luiz and Marcelo Vieira.

Admittedly, the soccer situation in Brazil has been unsatisfactory these past few years. For example, Brazil, as the host country, lost the semi-final with Germany by the score of 7:1 in 2014.

Germany, their rival, the winner of the last World Cup, has always kept their high-standard skills in the field. Germany had won the FIFA World Cup four times.

Joachim Low, a former player and current coach of the German national soccer team, led them to victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

This team is one of the oldest, and has the most brilliant record teams. They competed in the semi-finals at European Nations Cup 6 times, and had won 3 times.Most soccer fans believe that they will keep their high-quality soccer.

The team lost the final game with Germany at the 2014 FIFA World Cup is Argentina. They have the most expensive soccer player in the world, Messi. They have other famous players as well, such as Aguero, and Di Maria.

Messi is now playing with the famous soccer club, Barcelona. He contributed in the semi-final with Netherlands, because they had to start penalty kick since they were tied.

Unfortunately, they lost the final game with Germany. Let’s look forward their performance in the next World Cup.

The Netherlands was hailed as “Uncrowned king,” because they played very well, but have never won a title at the World Cup. The same thing happened in 2014; they stopped at the semi-final since they lost the game with Argentina.  

Another country is Spain, the nation of the best soccer clubs, which was the champion of 2012 FIFA World Cup, but was out in the group game in 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Which country mentioned above will you support?

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