Confed Cup: What we learnt
The 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup was full of beautiful memories, but also raised a few questions. Germany triumphed for the first time, which came as a bit of a surprise as the defending World Cup champions arrived in Russia with a squad lacking experience, but managed to win the title with their dangerous inexperienced youngsters. The Germans showed the world that football is a future-oriented sport; national teams from around the world must learn from Germany’s confidence in their youth. The introduction of the Video Assistant Referee ( VAR) system in was another much talked-about theme. The VAR’s inconsistency coupled with questionable decisions prove that technology is open to human manipulation. More questions than answers in this regard were raised in Russia. Russia’s image and global perception also radically changed following the event, with the power of hospitality and humanity through sport changing many fans’ thinking towards the country. I look forward to next year’s World Cup!