2022 FIFA World Cup

Ananya Gupta, Writer

The FIFA World Cup: an international soccer tournament played every four years, with the 2022 one in Qatar, the first Arab nation to ever  serve as the host .

For this reason, the World Cup was also moved to winter, since temperatures in the Middle East could rise well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit during summer. So, from November 20 to December 18, 32 teams throughout the world met, competing across a total of 64 matches. After a thrilling sequence of events, the victor was finally decided: Argentina, who beat France in the penalties 4:2, after the 3:3 draw in the actual match. 

Players from both teams received recognition for their work. From France, Kylian Mbappé received the Golden Boot, scoring the highest number of eight goals. He was the first player to score a hat trick (three or more goals in a game) in a World Cup final since 1966.

And from Argentina, Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball, becoming the first to win two, his original in 2014. This was a momentous occasion for many as it was also Messi’s last year playing soccer. He led his team to victory, and has become a role model for many, winning over 40 trophies, and scoring almost 800 goals in his entire career.

Other teams also reached great heights throughout the matches. Morocco was the first African country to advance to the semi-finals, unexpectedly beating Spain and Portugal. Underdog Croatia, with the smallest population out of all the participating countries, came out in third place as well!

Overall, the 2022 FIFA World Cup was an exciting experience for fans throughout the world. It featured top-notch plays from countless teams, and the final match between Argentina and France was a memorable end to the competitive event.