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A look back at the tops and flops of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar


The 2022 World Cup ended on Sunday with Argentina's victory against the France team after an extraordinary final. After a month of competition, France 24 takes stock of the Cup...

  • The tops of the World

An organization that has stood the test of time

Magnificent stadiums, ubiquitous volunteers, flawless security, free and efficient transport and accommodation generally up to the task of the event: Qatar can be proud of having taken up the challenge of organizing the World Cup represented by the influx of more than a million supporters.

The bet was however far from won for the host country, the smallest state to host the competition.

But the wealthy Emirate has spent lavishly to build buildings, hotels and transport: 220 billion dollars in all, twenty times more than what Russia spent in 2018.

A spectacular World Cup

With 172 goals scored, the World Cup in Qatar has become the most prolific edition in history, culminating in six goals scored in a legendary final.

Overall, boring matches were rare and the competition offered several moments of anthology such as the surprise victory of Saudi Arabia against Argentina or that of Japan against Germany in the group stage.

In addition, the stars of the World Cup were there: Lionel Messi shone throughout the competition while Kylian Mbappé shook the net eight times allowing him to win the title of top scorer in the competition.

The beautiful course of the Blues

Diminished by the absences of Kanté, Pogba, Kimpembe, of the Golden ball Karim Benzema then by the injury against Australia of Lucas Hernandez, the French team seemed to lack ammunition at the start of the competition to finish in the last square.

However, the Blues of Didier Deschamps have been able to reinvent themselves despite adversity.

The substitutes were impressive in their mastery and serenity, like central defender Dayot Upamecano, while the executives responded with Olivier Giroud, who became top scorer for the France team, Hugo Lloris once again decisive in major events. you, Antoine Griezmann in the oven and in the mill and Kylian Mbappé at his best.  

A historic fourth place for Morocco

By climbing into the last four, the Moroccan selection entered the history of the World Cup by becoming the first African team to reach this level of the competition.

A source of pride for the entire Arab world, the career of Walid Regragui's men has been punctuated by a series of incredible exploits against Belgium, Spain and Portugal.

Generous, combative and endowed with an exemplary state of mind, the Moroccan team will remain as one of the most appreciated formations of this World Cup and undoubtedly the most beautiful surprise of this 2022 edition.

  • World Cup flops

Great nations fall by the wayside

If the Mondial-2022 has made many supporters dream, it has also reserved its share of cruel disappointments for several great football nations.

Starting with Neymar's Brazil, eliminated on penalties by Modric's Croatia in the quarter-finals.

Quadruple world champion, Germany has not even managed to get out of its pool.

Fiasco also for the golden generation of the Red Devils: Belgium was taken out by Morocco in the round of 16 after a very lackluster competition.

For its part, England and its young guard led by Saka and Bellingham, can harbor regrets after being so close to hanging the reigning world champions in the quarter-finals.

Arbitration not always up to par

The duration of stoppage time was not the only subject to cause commentators and supporters to talk during this World Cup-2022: arbitration also aroused misunderstanding and anger on several occasions.

Example with this incredible imbroglio around a French goal canceled by the VAR after the end of the match against Tunisia leading the French Football Federation (FFF) to file a complaint.

Same feeling of having been wronged for the Moroccan federation according to which two penalties were forgotten against the Blues in half.

Finally, the man in black in the final, the Pole Szymon Marciniak, is also criticized for his whistle considered too lax and for having made several errors.

A mixed atmosphere

Stadiums that are not always full, extremely regulated alcohol consumption, a measured fervor in the streets of Doha... Despite a tight organization, Qatar is far from winning the World Cup in terms of atmosphere, even if the good performances Argentine supporters and Arab nations are to be welcomed.

With prohibitive prices, a time of year not conducive to extended vacations and numerous calls for a boycott, the Mondial-2022 was not as popular and unifying an event as previous editions such as in Brazil in 2014 or in Germany. in 2006.

Red card on freedom of expression

Pointed out for human rights violations and the ecological impact of its World Cup, Qatar, supported by Fifa, also came under heavy criticism during the competition.

In question, the restrictions on freedom of expression symbolized by the case of the multicolored One-Love armband, in support of the LGBTQ + cause and the banning of the rainbow flag inside stadiums.

Finally, suspicions of corruption of members of the European Parliament by Qatar have caused trouble in the middle of the tournament.

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