Last Sunday featured one of the most intense FIFA World Cup Championship games in history. Argentina took an early 2-0 lead before French star, Kylian Mbappe, scored two goals in the span of two minutes in the second half. Argentina retook the lead in extra time, but Mbappe brought the score back to 3-3 with his third goal of the night. The game went into overtime, and after no goals were scored, the game was decided by penalty kicks, with Argentina winning 4-2.
Throughout the tournament, Miami was filled with Argentina fans; some streets were even closed off for their championship celebrations. Hebrew Academy Senior Yair Link was one of many who attended the celebration.
“It was so nice to celebrate with so many people like me. When you see so many people gathered just to celebrate, you realize that fútbol is not just a game or a sport, but it also has the power to bring people together.”
In addition, Argentina declared last Tuesday a national holiday in celebration of winning the World Cup. Throughout the day, almost four million Argentinians crowded the streets of their country to celebrate the victory.
The next tournament in 2026 will take place in America, Canada, and Mexico. Miami was chosen as one of the hosting cities, and games will be held in the Dolphins’ and Hard Rock Stadiums, exciting the many soccer fans in our community!
By: Bennett Szafranski (12th)