From the group stage to the final, find out who ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti has lifting the World Cup trophy in Russia. Footballing history is recalled through individual moments rather than all-round team performances, and those moments tend to feature attacking brilliance. From Johan Cruyff's turn to Pele's dummy, from Diego Maradona's slalom to Marco van Basten's volley, it's the genius of attackers that lingers longest. Our memories of great players, and great teams, flow from those snapshots.
But winning international tournaments has become, more than ever, about something else entirely: not conceding. It's…