Clear Arabia’s World Cup Champion Moments countdown 1

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World Cup winner: Paul Pogba with the biggest prize of all

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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.

1. A Champion Performance in the biggest game of all from Paul Pogba.

Paul Pogba the Manchester United enigma, is now Paul Pogba a World Cup winner.

How can a player struggle so badly throughout the last season to exert his dominance at one of the biggest clubs in the world, yet saunter to success with one of the biggest nations at the World Cup two months later?

His sublime talent has now been showcased on the global stage twice, here in Russia where he was one of the top performing midfielders overall, following on from his breakout tournament four years ago in Brazil where he took home the Best Young Player accolade.

He clearly has the taste for the spotlight – evidenced further by his outlandish hairstyles, celebratory dance routines and the ease with which he handles the glare of the public eye.

Yet, this belies his struggles on the domestic front as he strives to live up to the weighty £89 million price tag which was placed around his neck when Manchester United brought him back “home” from Juventus two summers ago.

Compatriot Kylian Mbappe usurped Pogba of his young player crown following France’s epic 4-2 triumph over Croatia on Sunday, while the teenage terror and Antoine Griezmann each netted four times over the course of the tournament.

N’Golo Kante mercilessly and tirelessly chased, harried and tackled opponents. Raphael Varane was a calm and commanding presence at the back, looking like the top-tier defender we’ve seen him struggle to aspire to be at Real Madrid.

However, Pogba outshone them all. His nine key passes were second highest for Les Bleus while only two players passed more (N’Golo Kante and Raphael Varane). Set up to catch and counter, Pogba’s 35 accurate long balls were the most from France’s midfield and an important characteristic of their play and added to that was his 22 tackles which was third most for his side.

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Clear Arabia’s World Cup Champion Moments countdown 2

David Cooper 22/07/2018
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Key man: Kevin De Bruyne

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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.

Here’s number 2 on the Clear Arabia Champion Moment countdown

  1. A Championship Performance from Kevin De Bruyne to help Belgium beat England in the third-place play-off

Belgium beat England for the second time at the 2018 World Cup as the Red Devils rubber-stamped third place with a comfortable 2-0 win over the Three Lions to earn their best ever tournament finish.

In a game that has courted controversy for the value it holds, Belgium raced out of the traps to score their quickest ever World Cup goal – the returning Thomas Meunier prodding in Nacer Chadli’s fine cross following a rapid counter-attack after just three minutes and 37 seconds.

England came alive in the second half but Toby Alderweireld cleared off the line from Eric Dier. And Eden Hazard, who had been a thorn in the Three Lions’ paw all day, sealed the win late on following another flowing move. But it was Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne who stole the show with a superb attacking performance, which will haunt England’s Phil Jones for years to come.

See the number one Clear Arabia Champion Moment HERE

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ISL 2018-19: Jamshedpur FC appoint former Atletico Madrid manager Cesar Ferrando

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Cesar Ferrando Jimenez will take charge of Jamshedpur FC as their head coach for the upcoming 2018/19 Indian Super League season.

The club parted ways with former Manchester United midfielder Steve Coppell a couple of months ago and have now appointed Ferrando instead.

Jamshedpur finished fifth in their maiden ISL campaign last season before being knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Super Cup.

The Tata Steel-owned franchise however will be hoping to build on those results under Ferrando who has coached several Spanish clubs, including La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.

He was in charge of the capital-based outfit in the 2003-04 season when they reached the semi-finals of the Copa Del Rey.

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