France brings FIFA world cup

France lifted the FIFA World Cup 2018 for the second time by defeating Croatia with a 4-2 victory. Didier Deschamps, the captain of the 1998 French side, became the third man to win the World Cup as player and coach after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer. Belgium won the 2nd runners-up position defeating England.

Awards at FIFA World Cup 2018

Croatia captain Luka Modric has won the FIFA Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup 2018. England national football captain Harry Kane was awarded the Golden Boot for scoring most goals (6) in FIFA World Cup 2018. Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper of FIFA World Cup 2018.

2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia on June 14. Thirty-two teams from around the world will compete in the month-long tournament that concludes on July 15. Qatar will be the next host nation in 2022, a highly contested choice. This year’s World Cup mascot is a soccer-playing wolf named Zabivaka.

FIFA lifts suspension on Guatemala

FIFA lifted a suspension imposed on Guatemala over its failure to comply with anti-corruption rules. The suspension prevented Guatemalan teams from participating in international competitions such as the Gold Cup, the Central American Games and the CONCACAF Champions League. FIFA imposed ban on Guatemala in October 2016.

1st international football tournament in Iraq

Iraq will host a West Asia Football Federation championship in Basra in November 2018, the first international tournament to be staged in the country since the 1990s. Iraq has not played competitive internationals on home turf since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. In March 2018, FIFA decided to lift a 30-year-old ban from Iraq on hosting the international football.

India lost bid to host 2019 U-20 World Cup

Poland pipped India in the race to host 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup after the members of FIFA Council voted in its favour. With the tournament scheduled to be held around May to June, Poland emerged as the preferred choice as it will be difficult for the players to play in the scorching Indian summer. India had submitted their bid after successfully hosting the U-17 FIFA World Cup last year.

FIFA lifted 30-year ban on Iraq

FIFA has lifted its three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football with the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala given the go-ahead to stage matches. The three cities selected are among the more secure in Iraq. Iraq will host Qatar and Syria for a friendly tournament starting March 21 in Basra. Iraq has not played full internationals on home turf since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Indian football team re-enters in top-100

The Indian football team has re-entered into the top-100 of the FIFA world rankings and is now placed at 99th. In 2017 the Indian team broke into the top-100 three times, rising as high as 96th in July- the second best ever after the 94th place attained in February 1996. But it ended the year at the 105th spot. Among Asian countries, the Indian team is at the 13th spot.