ISM World Cup 2018

After 39 games, over 100 goals and plenty of drama and incidents, the ISM World Cup has come to an end.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

It has been an incredible tournament with over 120 children taking part from Year 1 - Year 6. The children were placed into two competitions (Lower and Upper Primary) to find who would be the ISM World Cup Champions. Each team had a student captain and a coach (teacher) and they competed in a round robin league before they advanced to the knockout rounds. Every time qualified from the group stage, but played a team in the opposing group based on position. E.g. Brazil topped group A, so they played the team that finished 4th in Group B, Germany. On paper, Brazil were the favourites going into this quarter final, but Germany produced an outstanding quarter final performance with captain Nikita Demin leading the way. Germany managed to win after a very tense penalty shootout. Many other games across the quarter finals produced this kind of drama.

After eight competitive quarter finals, this took us to the semi-final stage with many more exciting games. The game of the tournament has to be the England vs Russia game, which finished 2-2, followed by extra time and penalties. Russia won and advanced to the final. Another game to remember was the Egypt vs Peru game, which also finished a draw, before heading to penalties. Elisey Zubatyuk was the star of the game with many outstanding saves in the game.

Both finals (Lower and Upper Primary) took place on Thursday 14th June, which was the same day as the first World Cup game here in Moscow. The whole school came out to watch, as well as many parents and local members of the community. The first game was Sweden vs Peru, which finished 3-0 to Sweden, with Timur Grachev scoring a hat trick. The second game was France vs Russia and after a hard fought first half Russia had a 1-0 lead. France scored a late penalty with a goal from Ben Sizoo, but Khaya Dlamini scored two excellent goals to complete his hat trick. The game finished 3-1 to Russia. Timur Grachev and Ilya Saraev finished top scorers and won the Golden Boot.

A huge thank you to all the students, teachers and parents for supporting this event.

Good luck to all the countries in the World Cup.

Mr Chris Charlton
Head of Rosinka Campus