“20 years of strong European stronghold” “South America at the finish line won by landslide”

Is it Mercury in Europe or the recapture of South America?

As the Qatar World Cup final match-up was decided by a match between France and Argentina, one of the points to watch was whether Europe won the fifth consecutive title and South America won the first championship in 20 years. In 21 World Cups, from the 1st Uruguay Championships in 1930 to the 2018 Russia Championships, European and South American countries have divided world football into two, sharing 12 and 9 championships, respectively. There have been 10 final matches between European and South American countries, and South America is ahead with 7 wins and 3 losses.

France, the ‘defending champion’, won 2-0 against Morocco in the semifinals of the World Cup in Qatar on the 15th, and entered the final stage, which Argentina had been waiting for first. If France, which is challenging for the third time in history and the first time in 60 years since Brazil in Chile in 1962 to win the championship twice in a row, succeeds in defending the title, Europe will lift the trophy for the fifth time in a row. South America has not been able to win a championship since Brazil won the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, but Argentina is aiming to recapture the trophy for the first time in 20 years.

In this final between the two countries, the top spot in the FIFA rankings is also at stake. As of the 15th, Argentina is 3rd and France is 4th, and the winning team will accumulate ranking points by winning the World Cup and take down 1st place Brazil, which was eliminated in the quarterfinals, to take their place. ‘Third’, which can be engraved on the left chest of the uniform, is a prize that can be obtained by winning the finals. 토토사이트 Both teams have won two World Cups each. The team that wins this time can be named as a three-time winner following Brazil (five times), Italy and Germany (more than four times). Argentina is challenging its first championship in 36 years since the 1986 Mexico Tournament, where Diego Maradona (1960-2020) played.

The final is expected to be a ‘window-to-window’ showdown. France scored 13 goals in 6 games until the semifinals, and Argentina scored 12 goals, showing the firepower of scoring more than 2 goals on average. Both teams have Lionel Messi (35, Argentina), the “god of soccer,” and Kylian Mbafe (24, France), the “next-generation soccer emperor,” each at the forefront of the attack, but there are many players with sharp toes besides these two. Argentina has Julian Alvarez (22), tied for 3rd in scoring with 4 goals in this tournament, and Enso Fernandez (21), who is recording 1 goal and 1 assist. Also, Rodrigo Defol (28), who plays the role of an attacking engine, is also a threatening midfielder. France is holding on to Antoine Griezmann (31), who is tied for first place with 3 assists in this tournament, Olivier Giroud (36), who is recording 4 goals, and Ousmane Dembele (25), an all-rounder striker.

The head-to-head battle between French coach Didier Deschamps (54), who has already made his name among the world’s greatest coaches, and Lionel Scaloni (44), an Argentinian coach with less than five years of coaching experience, is also attracting attention. Coach Scaloni is the youngest among the 32 teams participating in the tournament. In August 2018, he started his coaching career by taking the helm of the Argentine national team. However, his leadership is recognized enough to lead an undefeated (26 wins, 10 draws) in 36 A matches (national competition) before losing to Saudi Arabia in the group stage of this tournament. Coach Deschamps, who took the helm of the French national team in 2012, is the longest-serving coach among the coaches participating in the tournament. Having brought France to the top of the Russian Championship four years ago, he is the third soccer player ever to win both as a player and as a manager.