July 15th 2018, the World Cup 2018 declared France as the winner! They scored 4-2 over Croatia. I somehow hoped that Croatia will win the cup as I had put myself cheering for the unexpected teams: Belgium, Sweden and Croatia after Germany was eliminated from the Group qualifiers. It was a good choice as these three teams had moved all the way up to semis, and finals. Belgium, by the way, bagged the third place.
As we had all cheered on and looked forward on every match that took place from June 14 until last night ( early morning to some), some of us may have also followed the rescue drama of young football players who were trapped in a cave in a province in Thailand. It was indeed a successful effort of different nations’ search and rescue teams, divers, doctors, special forces and media to keep the world updated about the rescue of 13 men. It was another triumph that is worth celebrating and definitely another set of medals for everybody. Unfortunately, the rescued Thai boys were not able to make it to watch the finals but I am sure there will be plenty of time to catch up for the Premier League and UEFA and other sporting events.
Back here in Australia, I have developed a fan girl moment with Lucy Zelic. ( proud of her Croatian heritage! love love love her to bits) She and Craig Foster had really done well on hosting and commenting on the highlights of the WC2018 games. Girl power at its best to show the world that women can also be major a sports commentator.
here is an emotional link on Lucy when Croatia made it to the finals.
Oh and her 2 brothers also play football. Go on Google her. She is amazing! ( to me )
Moving on, while my DH and I were watching last night, we talked about how much money ( if any) players get. DH is from Cairo and his team was at the WC18 but also eliminated early. SO he told me that Egypt team got 8 million dollars as a team. So that is not a bad cash incentive. Im sure it is not as much compared to those of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar Jr. on their Premier League salary but for those who have just joined the league, it is good money. Here is what I got from the web on their incentives. I have also found out some more cash payout information on other leagues from a very reliable source: Google. This will make a housewife and part time sports commentator understand how the football playe families budget their money on their groceries, utilities, mortgage and other daily expenses. ( I am kidding but I am going to accept it if I get an offer. SERIOUSLY!!!)
And these are just your usual and known teams that you or someone you know would watch on your local or cable channels. I have not done yet my full income analysis . ( too much numbers make me sweaty!)
WOW! what a lot of MONEYYYYY! It got me thinking, wow so you basically play with your 10 mates against the other tema, kick, attack, defend, score a goal , endorse products and money will be on your account. End of story. Wronggg!!! I looked on my Instagram account and with my Germany team being out of the season , I looked at their feeds. It does look like their are chillin’ and having a good break but then I saw J.Boateng, and M. Neuer to be cited as an example still training while on holiday. And then I realised that as a football player, you are bound to train pretty much every single day of your signed up career. Think about how many squats, deadlifts they have to do, kilometers to run, cycle , lifts ,resistance walks, lunges, not to mention head attacks , leg shuffles to practice. IT IS HARD WORK! I guess that is why they get so much money.
What is going to be next after FIFA 2018? Well, there’s Premier League, Bundesliga, Laliga starting on August, UEFA Europa is ongoing. If FIFA 2018 somehow made you get curious about football /soccer, maybe you can check more on these on your local sports channel , cable, sports streaming apps. That way, you will understand the game better, see your favourite players again, or just test yourself if you really like football or you just watch leagues to find your next date in the local pub. It will be helpful at least on your small talk part on that chic or bloke you are trying to impress with your loud cheer.