This article marks the end of what has been a fantastic competition, full of drama and excitement. Congratulations to all of the French fans out there, winning their second ever tournament 20 years after their first - I would have said *spoiler alert* but I think this tournament has been impossible to miss...
World Cup Facts: Group G
Life insurance was made subject to supervision in Belgium in 1930. This was the year of the first ever FIFA World Cup, held in Uruguay, which saw Belgium finish 11th out of 13 participants.
Four months before the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England, the Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen from its display case at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster. The trophy had a value of £30,000 but rare stamps at the same exhibition, worth £3 million, were not stolen. Seven days later, the trophy was found by a dog named Pickles. Pickles was awarded the silver medal of the National Canine Defence League, named "Dog of the Year", and given a year of free food by pet food manufacturer Spillers.
2018 marks Panama’s first ever qualification for the FIFA World Cup. By contrast, Panama’s first ever insurance law, Law 17, was promulgated 62 years ago on 22 August 1956. In the time between these two events, Panama has mounted 10 consecutive unsuccessful qualification campaigns for the FIFA World Cup.
Tunisia achieved independence from France in 1956 after a protracted struggle for self-determination. Between 1930 and 1954, the country competed in the FIFA World Cup as part of France. Their first qualification as an independent team came in the 1978 tournament, hosted in Argentina, with their first game finishing in a victory, coming from behind to beat Mexico 3-1.
World Cup Facts: Group H
In 1990, the Polish Chamber of Insurance (PIU) was established. Poland failed to qualify for the Italian 1990 FIFA World Cup and the two following competitions thereafter. The nation’s best finish, however, came in 1974 in West Germany, finishing third overall after winning 6 out their 7 games.
Insurers came to Senegal in the early years of the 20th century, after it became a French colony in 1895. At the beginning of the 1970s, after independence in 1960, French companies still collected 95% of premiums paid in Senegal. The two nation's football teams' only competitive meeting ended in a shock 1-0 victory for Senegal in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
James Rodríguez announced himself on the global stage at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He scored 6 goals to win the Golden Boot, becoming the all-time leading Colombian FIFA World Cup goalscorer in the process. Between 2014 and 2016, a number of new entrants to the Colombian market included Axa, Berkley, JMalucelli Travelers and Zurich, while long-established players such as RSA and AIG were bought out by Sura and Fairfax respectively. ACE and Chubb merged under the latter name.
Masashi Nakayama scored Japan's first ever goal in a World Cup Finals against Jamaica on 26 June 1998 in a 2-1 defeat. Two years later, in 2000, The Financial Services Agency (FSA) was established and life and non-life insurers were allowed to distribute each other's products.