The wait for the World Cup is over


German Lechuga, Staff Writer

The World Cup is the biggest soccer tournament in the world, it’s the SuperBowl of soccer. It is held every four years and in different locations every year, and this year it’s in Qatar. 

There has also been a lot of criticism revolving around Qatar hosting the World Cup because of many of their religious beliefs and rules. One of them being the people in the stands can’t bring or buy alcohol. Another thing is the temperatures that the players have to play in, plus a lot of workers died building the stadiums.

The World Cup is the best chance for players to represent their countries and show what they got, and this year was very special because there were a lot of top players in it from the last World Cup, like Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, Lewandowski, and many more. 

“The atmosphere that these players brought to the stadium and games made every game worth watching,” junior Isaiah Ramirez said.

The World Cup started with the group stages last month and there were many upsets like Argentina losing to Saudi Arabia 3-1, Cameroon beating Brazil 1-0, and Tunisia beating France 1-0. This made the games more interesting because everyone has a chance of winning. 

Many teams did better than anyone expected, with many of them getting out of the group stages like South Korea, Japan, Morocco, and Poland, with a lot of their big players stepping up Hakimi, Son, and Lewandowski. 

“Hakimi has really surprised me and I did not expect him to lead his team this far. It’s great seeing small teams beating power houses” junior Gabriel Torres said

USA also shocked many people by coming out of their group  by winning one game and tying the other two, but then they lost in the round of 16 to Netherlands. “It was great seeing the US play their all in every game. It showed that they really wanted it and that they deserved the win,”senior Ben Burrows stated.

Junior Alexander Klaus is a really big Poland fan so he was happy they advanced out of the group stage. “The goalie was the best player by far, with two penalty saves against Messi and Saudi Arabia. They played their best against France and even though they lost, they played well controlling the game,” he said.