Ian Abrahams’ World Cup Diary: Ian’s World Cup Verdict


Ian Abrahams’ World Cup Diary: Ian’s World Cup Verdict

Broadcaster Ian Abrahams has been in Moscow throughout World Cup 2018 covering one of the most dramatic tournaments in living memory.

As France celebrate becoming World Champions for the second time in their history after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final, Ian has shared his thoughts on the moments that made World Cup 2018…


How this World Cup was different
This tournament demonstrated how football has shifted over the last few years – these days it’s a game focused on attack rather than defence, and we got a final to match.


Best player
Luka Modric – he showed his real class at this tournament in guiding Croatia to the final.


Best match
England v Colombia. To watch England win that game and bury their penalty shootout failure, that was something special.


Best goal
Pavard’s goal against Argentina, an absolute worldy. One for the ages.


Biggest disappointment
England just missing out after such a great run to the semi-finals. However, apart from that, once again it was a big shame to see one of the all-time greats, Lionel Messi, not produce on the world stage for Argentina.


Biggest shock
South Korea beating Germany – still funny!


Best fans
I think honourable mentions to the England fans who came to Moscow over the last week because they were magnificent and there wasn’t one hint of trouble. The South American fans have been here in vast numbers from start to finish – at times it felt like the whole of Colombia and Peru were here. Brilliantly noisy, brilliantly colourful. For me they made it a real party.


I don’t think we’ve seen the real Moscow – everything looks clean, sparkly, everyone is on their best behaviour, but in fairness that’s no different to any tournament. Let’s just remember what London was like in 2012 when everything ran like clockwork. The Metro is a much-visit though – every station is like its own art gallery or museum.


It has its uses, it’s had its successes, but I still look at it and think it’s applied far too inconsistently. If you’re going to use technology, you have to use it for everything – and that would be ridiculous for a game as fast-paced as football. In its favour, it has improved player behaviour given the lack of red cards at this tournament. I still remain unconvinced by it.


How does this World Cup rank of the ones you have covered?
I’ve covered four World Cups – Germany, South Africa, Brazil and this one tops the list. Every tournament is different and has its special moments, but the football has elevated this one above the rest. The fans, the colour, the safe atmosphere, the noise, but most importantly the action on the pitch – for all those reasons, it’s certainly the best I’ve covered.


Abrahams in Russia


Image source from PA Images


What was your favourite moment of World Cup 2018?
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