The 2018 FIFA World Cup is over and the champions are France! What an incredible competition it was. Japan did well to reach the last 16, but the Samurai Blues were *desperately unlucky to lose against a very good Belgium side. England reached the Semi-Final stage, which I was happy to see, but lost to a *well-organized Croatia team. Australia had a tough group, but gave France an early scare in their first game.
What are your memories of the 2018 FIFA World Cup?The best memory for me was England beating Sweden. I watched the game at home, and my son stayed up late to watch the game with me. He was very tired, but he was very happy when England scored! The funniest thing was Neymar Jr rolling around on the floor. He rolled around for a total 14 minutes during the whole competition!I think the best goal was scored by Benjamin Pavard against Argentina. The best goal celebration was Michy Batshuayi’s celebration, unfortunately against England. He kicked the ball into his own face. Using *superlatives, why don’t you try to write about your *favourite memories of the competition?
Well done to France, who played some excellent football and deserved to win. The Rugby World Cup will be held in Japan next year. What *lasting memories will be created? I recommend that you go and watch a game. It is a fantastic sport and the crowds are really friendly.
★superlatives: superlativeは「最高の、最上の、無比の、最上級の」などの意味を持つ形容詞ですが、このようにｓがついて名詞として使われることもあります。そして文法用語の一つ、「最上級」(the strongest, the best, the worst…など)も表します。二―ルが皆さんに、この文法「最上級」を使って大会のお気に入りのシーンを英文にする練習をしてみては、と提案しています！
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup less than a week away, here is a quick guide to the other three teams in their group and my predictions!
Colombia is possibly the toughest team in the group. They have James Rodriguez and Falcao up front and their defence, which was previously a little *shaky, has improved. They recently held Brazil to a draw and beat one of the tournament favourites France 2-3 in Paris.
Prediction – I’m sorry, Japan. Colombia should win this. 3-1
The Senegalese are sure to be a very exciting and lively team. They are fast and skillful and their star player is the Liverpool striker Sadio Mane, they also have a lot of strong midfield players.
Prediction – I think Japan could have a chance here, but they must stop the fast attacks. 2-1 to Japan
Poland has a strong team with one of the best strikers in the World, Robert Lewandowski who plays for Bayern Munich in Germany. The team averaged nearly three goals a game in *qualifying. However, they also *conceded more than any other group winner.
Prediction –If they can stop Lewandowski, then Japan could have a chance of a point. 1-1 Draw
Japan is going to have a tough time with such strong *opponents in Group H. Let’s hope the Samurai Blue can overcome the *odds and qualify from the group!
Tue. 19 June Kickoff at 15:00 vs Colombia National Team (21:00 Japan time) Sun. 24 June Kickoff at 20:00 vs Senegal National Team (Mon. 25 June, 0:00 Japan time) Thu. 28 June Kickoff at 17:00 vs Poland National Team (23:00 Japan time)