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France triumphs in 10th annual World Cup tournament

Annual World Cup Soccer Tournament ended with a penalty shootout.
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Matthew Chen ’23
Sophmore Matthew Jones celebrates his goal as team France cheers him on.

On Wednesday, March 1, students came out to the gym to watch and compete during the annual World Cup soccer tournament. The tournament was a part of World Language Week, which celebrated world languages and cultures with food, music, and trivia.

Students represented and competed for four countries during the tournament: France, Spain, Germany, and China.

France beat Spain in the final and won the tournament by penalties.

The tournament’s first round held Spain vs Germany and China vs France. Spain defeated Germany 2-0, while sophomore Matt Jones led France to a 3-0 win against China with a hat-trick. 

“We just tried to kick it down the field for a quick goal,” Jones said.

In the second round, Spain brought France down in a 3-0 contest. China and Germany remained scoreless for the whole match. 

The third round ended with a France 1-0 victory over Germany. Spain lost their first match against China by a 1-0 scoreline.

The World Cup final consisted of the two winningest teams on the field, France and Spain. It all came down to one last game to win the trophy. The game was very close, and both teams were unable to score by the time the whistle was blown to end the game. 

The teams went to penalty kicks. 

The penalties were set up to be a best of 3, and if no winner were declared, there would be sudden death. Both Spain and France scored only one in the best of 3. Spain was unable to score their first sudden death penalty. France took advantage of the situation and scored their penalty to win the tournament. 

France put their name on the World Cup trophy that has all the winners since 2013 written on it.



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Matteo Ventresca '25
Matteo Ventresca '25, Managing Editor of Print
Matteo Ventresca is the Managing Editor for Print for The Panther Press. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing soccer, as well as playing the trombone.
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