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France capped off a month of football fever as they defeated Croatia 4-2 to be crowned World Cup winners for the second time in the country’s history. The four weeks in Russia produced one of the best tournaments the game’s ever seen, with the introduction of VAR, a record number of penalties and huge upsets including Germany finishing bottom of group F. Didier Deschamps became only the third person ever to lift the World Cup as both a player and manager (joining Mario Zagallo, Franz Beckenbauer) as his France side brushed aside Croatia in a thrilling finale.
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20. Yerry Mina strikes the only goal of the game as Colombia edge past Senegal 1-0 to the knockout stages.
19. Jan Bednarek scores to give Poland their only win of the tournament against Japan.
18. Wahbi Khazri helps Tunisia take the three points against Panama with a 2-1 victory.
17. Adnan Januzaj wins the game for Belgium as they defeat England to top Group G.
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16. Kylian Mbappe bags a brace in a 4-3 thriller against Argentina in the knockout stages.
15. Edinson Cavani’s at the double for Uruguay as they knockout Portugal 2-1.
14. Igor Akinfeev is the hero as Russia pull off the shock of the World Cup, knocking Spain out on penalties
13. Danijel Subasic pulls of a heroic goalkeeping display as Croatia defeat Denmark on penalties.
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Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things you may not know about the Brazil stopper.
Alisson’s brother Muriel is also a professional goalkeeper. As boys, they watched their father, who was a keeper for a team in their home town of Novo Hamburgo in Brazil. The brothers came through the ranks at Internacional together, but in the early years Alisson trailed behind his brother, who is five years older. “When I entered my teens, I wasn’t even the best goalkeeper in the family,” he told the Players’ Tribune. Muriel now plays in Portugal for Belenenses. Alisson said he has his brother to thank for everything he has achieved for inspiring him to become a goalkeeper.
If competing with his brother for a starting place was not hard enough, Alisson also had to contend with former Brazil shot-stopper Dida at Internacional in 2014-15. The World Cup and two-time Champions League winner spent one year at the Porto Alegre club before retiring, age 41. He also had to wait a year behind the established Wojciech Szczesny after joining Roma, making just 10 Europa League appearances in his first season before taking over as number one after Szczesny’s departure to Juventus. Alisson admitted he was close to leaving Roma if he was not promised regular football.
The 25-year-old has been with his wife Natalia Loewe since 2012 and they got married in 2015. She was often seen cheering on her husband from the stands in Russia at the World Cup, donning a Brazil shirt. The couple have a one-year-old daughter together, Helena.
Alisson is an accomplished singer and guitar player, regularly travelling with the instrument and once rounding off an appearance on Brazilian talk show ‘The Noite with Danilo Gentili’ with an acoustic performance in the studio. His other hobbies away from the pitch include video games and fishing.