Featured Writer: Ellen Hyslop from The GIST
The largest soccer tournament in the world is coming to end. Want or need to know more about the World Cup Finals? We’re here to help. foodora has teamed up with The GIST to give you the top five things you need to know for Sunday’s World Cup Finals as well as the food you should eat when your team wins or loses! You can find more info on The GIST at the bottom of the article.
After a month of blood, sweat, and literal tears, it’s time for The World Cup Final with France taking on Croatia. Time to get fired up, people!!! So. What do you need to know heading into the game? Well, here’s #thegist of the top 3 things you should know and the foods you should eat when your team wins or loses:
- How have these teams done historically in the World Cup?:France won The World Cup back in the glory days of 1998. That was their first and only World Cup win. On the other hand, Croatia has NEVER made it to the World Cup Finals. And, ironically, the last time they made it to the semi-finals in the tournament was when they lost to France in 1998.
- Is there any history between these teams?
Meh. About as much history as between you and your high-school bf or gf – not any history that actually matters. These teams have only faced each other twice in official tournaments, with France winning one, and the other ending in a tie. Including exhibition games (friendly matches), France leads with three wins and two draws.
- Who are the best players on each team?
We’re gonna give one player to remember from each team. On the French side, the homeboy you gotta look out for is #10, Kylian Mbappe (kee-lee-AN EM-bap-ay). He’s only 19 years-old (!!!) and has scored three goals this tournament. Yes. A teenager is a worldwide star. Moving to the Croatian side, our personal favourite is #10, Luka Modric. This midfielder is the captain of the squad and has scored two clutch goals in the tournament.
- Who’s favoured to win?
France. They were a favourite before the tournament, and are still a favourite now. On the other hand Croatia, ranked 21 in the world, was never expected to make it to the finals. However, Croatia has proven that they’re able to ~keep calm and carry on~ in tense situations (cue two shoot-out and one overtime win in the knockout rounds) so don’t count them down and out.
- Outside of the World Cup trophy, do the players win anything? DO THEY EVER! These guys make so much money it’s legit sickening. The tournament winners take home about $50M CAD, while the runners up earn about $36M CAD. Nice. On top of that, each team receives a bonus for making it to the finals from their respective countries. Talk about CA$H MONAYYYY!!!
Alright, so now that you know more about the game itself, we hope that you have an idea of who you’ll be cheering for. And trust us, it’s way more fun to watch the game when you decide on the team you’re cheering for. That said, The World Cup can get incredibly emotional. So. We’ve decided to put together our top picks for what you should be eating in jubilation if your team wins, and what you should be eating in depression if your team loses:
Without a doubt, if France wins the World Cup, you should enjoy yourself by indulging on triple cream brie cheese and a french baguette paired with red wine. Poppin’ bottles!
Conversely, if the French lose, we propose that you drown your sorrows by indulging in a generous serving of the best dessert ever, creme brulee.
If Croatia hoists the World Cup over their heads, we suggest you treat yo’self by ordering yourself a bougee Croatian dish called Buzara. Buzara is a dish of mussels in a wine broth with garlic and breadcrumbs. We’re drooling just thinking about it.
Now, if Croatia loses, it’s okay to satisfy your craving for sweets by eating Fritule. They are donut-like pastries that even allow for rum to be to be injected into the donut. Now we’re talking.
At the end of the day, even if your team loses, at least you’ll know your tastebuds will be satisfied. Hungry for more food? Give us a visit!
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