2018 FIFA Men's World Cup • June 14 - July 15

Russia 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Russia, marked a significant moment in football with the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, aimed at improving refereeing decisions. France emerged victorious, securing their second World Cup title, demonstrating a blend of youthful energy and strategic prowess under the management of Didier Deschamps. The competition was replete with surprises, including the early exit of former champions Germany in the group stage and the remarkable run of Croatia to the final, surpassing expectations with a team driven by midfield maestro Luka Modric. The event was punctuated by memorable performances, such as England's Harry Kane securing the Golden Boot and the enduring image of Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev's penalty shoot-out heroics.

Winners and awards

Third place

Golden Ball (best player)
Luka Modrić
Silver Ball
Eden Hazard
Bronze Ball
Antoine Griezmann
Golden Boot (top scorer)
Harry Kane
Silver Boot
Antoine Griezmann
Golden Glove (best keeper)
Thibaut Courtois
Best Young Player
Kylian Mbappé

Top scorers

Harry Kane (6)
Denis Cheryshev (5)
Antoine Griezmann (4)
Romelu Lukaku (4)
Cristiano Ronaldo (4)
Kylian Mbappé (4)
Mario Mandžukić (4)
Ivan Perišić (3)
Eden Hazard (3)
Edinson Cavani (3)


Kaliningrad Stadium
Kaliningrad, Russia • 34000
Kazan Arena
Kazan, Russia • 43000
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow, Russia • 78000
Otkritie Arena
Moscow, Russia • 44000
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia • 43000
Rostov Arena
Rostov-on-Don, Russia • 43000
Krestovsky Stadium
Saint Petersburg, Russia • 64000
Samara Arena
Samara, Russia • 42000
Mordovia Arena
Saransk, Russia • 42000
Fisht Olympic Stadium
Sochi, Russia • 44000
Volgograd Arena
Volgograd, Russia • 44000
Central Stadium
Yekaterinburg, Russia • 33000

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