The FIFA World Cup Final for 2022 is decided. There is a fight between the stars of Paris Saint-Germain right now. Argentina faces off against Kylian Mbappe and the French national team under Lionel Messi’s captaincy.
Messi is aiming to win his first World Cup. Regardless of the outcome, Sunday’s game will mark his final at the World Cup. Mbappe and France, on the other side, are attempting to successfully defend their World Cup victory from last year.
Both teams are trying to win their third World Cup. They have a long history in World Cup championship games, dating back over a century, so this is by no means their first time around. Here is how France and Argentina did in the World Cup Final without further ado.
France World Cup History
The third World Cup was hosted by France in 1938, but they didn’t play in the championship match until 1998. In 1958 and 1986, the French came very close, but both times they won the third-place game.
Brazil, the most successful nation in the tournament’s history, was the opponent France in 1998. Zinedine Zidane, a former Real Madrid player and current manager, scored twice in this game as France won the World Cup for the first time.
The following competition saw France place last in Group A and completely miss the knockout rounds. In 2006, they recovered and faced Italy in the championship game. In Berlin, in front of 69,000 spectators, Zidane further cemented his place in World Cup history.
Zidane and Italian defender Marco Materazzi were running up the field during extra time. Zidane headbutted the Inter Milan defender in response to Materazzi tugging on the French star’s jersey. Italy won the match after Zidane was given a red card.
Les Bleus didn’t return to the final until 2018. They met Croatia there, who had a remarkable journey to the final. The French won their second World Cup championship in history thanks to goals from Mbappe and Paul Pogba.
Argentina World Cup History
Argentina didn’t have to wait nearly as long as the French did to make their first final appearance. In 1930, they participated in the inaugural World Cup final.
The first World Cup Final pitted Argentina against the host nation, Uruguay. A goal in the 89th minute gave the hosts the victory after Uruguay seized the lead in the 68th minute.
Sadly, Argentina wouldn’t return to the championship until 1978. This time, they were the ones hosting, and the bulk of the spectators backed them.
The Netherlands, the Argentines’ opponents, accused them of copying techniques as the championship game got underway. Five minutes after the planned time, the hosts entered the room to a hungry gathering.
Mario Kempes, an offensive midfielder for Valencia, scored the game’s first goal in the 38th minute. Late in the game, the Dutch scored an equalizer to force overtime. Kempes and winger Daniel Bertoni both scored goals in extra time to help Argentina win the World Cup.
During the 1986 season, they made their next appearance in the championship game. Although Argentina overcame West Germany in the championship game, the events leading up to it are still remembered fondly in football lore.
Argentina faced off against England in the Quarterfinals. Argentine legend Diego Maradona leaped to contest a ball in the air close to English goalkeeper Peter Shilton during the second half. Maradona used his left hand to strike the ball into the English goal.
The usage of Maradona’s hand was unnoticed by the referees. The objective remained valid without the aid of contemporary video technology. Argentina went on to win 2-1 as a result of what became known as the “hand of God” goal.
Following 1986, Argentina advanced to the World Cup final twice more. The first took place in 1990, however, they were unable to successfully defend their title and lost to West Germany.
Argentina and Messi faced up against Germany in the 2014 championship match. Both teams were unable to score in regulation time. Mario Gotze, a standout for his native Germany, didn’t score the game-winning goal until the 113th minute.
That brings us to the present. In search of a second straight World Cup, France is competing in their second straight final. Since Brazil in 1958 and 1962, France aims to become the first country to win the same competition twice. Argentina is competing in their second final in three tries as they attempt to end a 36-year drought.
Messi and Mbappe represent the old guard of football, while Mbappe represents the younger generation. A confirmed legend and a possible future legend.
Two top-notch teammates are competing for the ultimate honour in international football. Regardless of the result, the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final will undoubtedly be thrilling and memorable.