In this post, we explain the football expression ‘last 16‘. last 16

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World Cup Language: Last 16

The 2018 World Cup has reached the knock-out stages with half of the 32 teams already home and the other half still dreaming of lifting the trophy on July 15th. The 16 remaining teams play over the next four days to see which sides will play in the quarter-finals next weekend and this round before the quarter-final is known as the last 16 in reference to these 16 remaining teams. This time around there are ten countries from Europe in the last 16 along with four from South America, and one each from CONCACAF and Asia.

Example: Some people see the last 16 as the ‘start’ of the World Cup; it is viewed as the business end of the tournament.


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