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TOPS AND FLOPS OF 2022 QATAR WORLD CUP


The 2022 FIFA World Cup drew to a close on Sunday with Argentina victory over France in the final.

THE WORLD CUP GREATEST HITS

A SUCCESSFUL ORGANIZATION

There were beautiful stadiums, flawless security, efficient and free transport and also accommodation. The tiny Gulf nation of Qatar deserves for the credit for the well organization of the football biggest tournament, and welcomed also the fans all around the world. The wealthy state spent lavishly on hotels, transportation and building $220 billion, twenty times more than Russia spent in 2018 World Cup.

SPECTACULAR WORLD CUP

More goals scored at Qatar than in other World Cup. Players notched up a record 172 goals including the six goals as France and Argentina slugged out in what many see as the Best World Cup Final in the History .
Some games really captured the attention in the football world- notably in group stage which saw Saudi Arabia's surprise victory against the Argentina and Japan win over Germany.

Game star players like Lionel Messi dazzled all the competition while Kylian Mbappe produced the eight goals so the World Cup 2022 win him as the Golden Boot. Few pundits expected France to pull off a second consecutive World Cup title – largely because no team had managed such a feat since Brazil in 1962.

Injury woes further dampened expectations, with huge talents like Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba out of action. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was solid as ever.

Olivier Giroud surpassed Thierry Henry’s 51-goal record for Les Bleus. And of course, Mbappé was sublimely Mbappé – not least when he scored a hat trick in that noble defeat against Argentina.

HISTORIC FOURTH PLACE FOR MOROCCO

Morocco made a history in the World Cup history by becoming the first African and Arab nation to reach final four of the tournament. Walid Regragui's team up a series of incredible victories over Spain, Portugal and Belgium. Morocco's performance and become the source of pride for both Africa and Arab world.
Morocco’s performance will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the great stories of the competition.

THE WORLD CUP FLOPS

GREAT TEAMS MISSED OUT

Fans might been left spell bound by play at the 2022 World Cup, but many leading football teams left with their dreams in tatters. Neymar Brazil were eliminated on penalty by Croatia Luka Mondric in the quarter finals

South Korea setting them up as major contenders. Germany, a four-time world champion, couldn’t even get out of the group stage, while Belgium crashed out disastrously at the hands of Morocco in the last 16.

A string of decisive England victories filled their fans with hope, as wunderkinds Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham sparkled alongside established talents like Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson.

But Kane’s penalty miss shattered that hope as they went packing in the quarter-finals with their loss against France.

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