World Cup 2022: latest news and countdown to Argentina v France in the final – live | World Championship

Finally, after what seems like an eternity, we have reached the final. We can all go back to spending time with our loved ones and watching club football once the day is done.

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In the meantime, it is the final a lot of people wanted: Messi v Mbappe. Argentina have been excellent since their opening match bashing by Saudi Arabia, while France have trudged through to the final two with some acceptable performances.

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The match kicks off at 3pm UK time, so use your search engine of choice to find out what the means for you.

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Here’s to an exciting day that the world has been waiting for since 2018, in a way.

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“Francisco here, a 32-year-old Argentine,” good morning Francisco.

“Fantastic work throughout the WC from you and your colleagues, deep admiration and congratulations!” Stop it!

“Three things to share…

“First, the incredible level of excitement here. It is something out of this world. Encapsulated by this Twitter thread made of celebrations after reaching the final a couple of days ago – can’t even imagine what could happen if things go the way we want them to go yesterday (touch a million pieces of wood!).

“Second, as shown in how I phrased the potential outcome above, is the superstition or ‘cabals’ we Argentines use. Among all, never say anything that might happen so you don’t confuse it. So every person here who talking about the game will never say something like “we win it” or start celebrating beforehand. I know people who always wear the same clothes to watch the game, others who stand up every time Messi touches the ball, or watch the games alone with will. So much goes this way of thinking that as a joke to hope that someone would lose, we say “ah, congratulations to the team for winning x tournament” in a way to manipulate them. Many traditions and superstitions in hope some deity (Maradona?) helps us.Having lived in London for the last six years I find it interesting to compare this view with the classic irony of British humor with the song “it’s coming home”.

“Third – I know Tiger Tiger around Trafalgar Square was showing the matches and it was full of Argentines.”

“Vamos argentina!!”

Mbappe? No. Antoine Griezmann is the man to stop, according to our very won Karen Carney.

Fill the boots with the orientation.

Naturally, if Argentina win and Messi scores the winner, and a commentator says “you couldn’t write this”, they should be fired on the spot. I think the world’s best (ever) player who scores a big goal in the biggest game is really quite easy to write. Even I could put that script together.

Barney Ronay has had a busy few days coughing up phlegm and writing about Doha.

Here is his latest offering…

An interesting for France is the absence is Karim Benzema. He left camp before the tournament began with a thigh problem but has not returned despite playing in friendlies for Real Madrid. His output on social media has been rather cryptic in recent days, mainly him writing about winning the Ballon d’Or. I think there’s a bigger story to come out of it when the competition is done and dusted.

The important thing is to get in the mood for the final, and the only way to really do that is to read a load of Guardian features on France and Argentina.

We start with Marcela Mora y Araujo in Buenos Aires at that Messi chapel.

Jacob Steinberg looks at France and their stars who were in this position four years ago before defeating Croatia.

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Finally, after what seems like an eternity, we’ve reached the finale. We can all go back to spending time with our loved ones and watching club football when the day is over.

Meanwhile, it’s the final many wanted: Messi against Mbappe. Argentina have been excellent since their opening match against Saudi Arabia, while France have trudged through to the last two with some acceptable performances.

The match kicks off at 3pm UK time, so use your search engine of choice to find out what that means for you.

Here is an exciting day that the world has been waiting for since 2018, in a way.

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