Fifa 2018

France top new-style FIFA rankings, Germany slump to 15th

ZURICH: World champions France predictably shot to the top of the FIFA rankings published on Thursday while previous leaders Germany slumped to 15th after their humiliating first round exit in Russia. The rankings were the first to be issued since France beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final on July 15 and also the first since FIFA replaced its...

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France top new-style FIFA rankings, Germany slump to 15th

ZURICH: World champions France predictably shot to the top of the FIFA rankings published on Thursday while previous leaders Germany slumped to 15th after their humiliating first round exit in Russia. The rankings were the first to be issued since France beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final on July 15 and also the first since FIFA replaced its...

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Ozil bows out of Germany Team over Erdogan’s wrangle

Mesut Ozil said Sunday he was quitting the German national football team, citing 'racism' in the criticism of him after the side's World Cup debacle. Ozil, who has Turkish roots, had been under fire since posing for a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May which sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany's squad ahead of the...

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World Cup host Putin presents Donald Trump Pakistan-made football

HELSINKI: Russia's President Vladimir Putin presented US President Donald Trump a World Cup football which was made in Pakistan. According to reports the Russian strongman presented the US leader with Official soccer ball of FIFA World Cup 2018 at a news conference after the meeting. Throwing it to his wife, Trump said he was happy to pass the ball on...

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France set for heroes’ welcome after thrilling World Cup win

Victorious France were set to return to a heroes' welcome on Monday after winning the World Cup for the second time with a rollercoaster 4-2 victory over Croatia which set off chaotic celebrations at home. Teenager Kylian Mbappe applied the coup de grace in Moscow as France, aided by an own goal and the video assistant referee, overcame determined opponents...

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France lifts World Cup second time after 20 years

MOSCOW (Reuters) - France won the World Cup for the second time by ending battling Croatia’s dream of a first title with a 4-2 victory on Sunday in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades. France led 2-1 at halftime after a Mario Mandzukic own goal and an Antoine Griezmann VAR penalty, with Ivan Perisic briefly bringing...

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France crowned Football World Cup Champions

MOSCOW: France beat Croatia to become champions of FIFA world cup 2018. France scored four goals against Croatia while the runner ups could only managed to score two goals against the winning team. France and Croatia both avoided any surprises as they named unchanged line-ups for the World Cup final on Sunday, setting up a heavyweight midfield clash between N’Golo...

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France holds breath as football brings nation together

French fans dared to dream of a World Cup victory on Sunday as they prepared to watch the game on a sunny summer weekend after a tournament that has lifted spirits and led to a rare sense of national unity. Football fever has slowly built over the last four weeks as the country took its young national team to heart,...

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Factbox: Belgium vs. England

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Belgium play England in the World Cup third-place playoff in St Petersburg on Saturday. Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg Capacity: 68,134 When: Saturday July 14, 1700 local (1400 GMT/1000 ET) Referee: To be announced Key stats: - Belgium play in a third-place playoff match for a second time, having lost 4-2 after extra time to...

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Croatia stand between Mbappe’s France and World Cup glory

A month on and 63 games later, the 2018 World Cup reaches its climax on Sunday as a young France side spearheaded by Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann look to win the trophy for the second time when they take on Croatia in Moscow. It is a final very few people could have anticipated four weeks ago, when the competition...

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There is more to Croatia than just Modric magic

MOSCOW: Croatia´s run to the World Cup final is largely down to Luka Modric´s tireless work in midfield but their ability to switch tactics efficiently should be a warning for opponents France on Sunday. When the two sides meet at Moscow´s Luzhniki Stadium all eyes will be on Modric and how the French will attempt to put shackles on the...

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Croatia reach World cup final after 2-1 win over England

MOSCOW: Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute as Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday and reach their first World Cup final, where they will face France on Sunday, and send the Balkan nation into raptures. England, appearing in their first semi-final since 1990, had looked on course for their first final since...

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From player to one-man multinational — Cristiano Ronaldo

He may not have added the World Cup to his Euro 16 success and hattrick of Champions Leagues. But with another Ballon d'Or looking likely and a move to Juventus complete, Cristiano Ronaldo's status is as much that of multinational as footballer. The 33-year--old had long ago moved onto another plane in his nine years at the Bernabeu as the...

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World Cup fever rises in England on #WaistcoatWednesday

LONDON: Around 32 million people across Britain are expected to tune in on Wednesday hoping Gareth Southgate can steer England into the World Cup final for the first time in 52 years. The manager has caught the eye in Russia as much for his sartorial elegance as his success with his young team, lead on the pitch by tournament topscorer...

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France beats Belgium by 1-0, advances to World Cup final

Samuel Umtiti headed France into the World Cup final in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday with a 1-0 win, consigning Belgium's 'golden generation' to another bitter disappointment. France's own supremely talented young squad will aim to make amends for defeat on home soil in the final of Euro 2016 in Sunday's showpiece against England or Croatia. In a World Cup replete...

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Ronaldo signs for Juventus from Real Madrid

MADRID: Five-times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Italian champions Juventus from Real Madrid, the La Liga club said in a statement on Tuesday. Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds ($106.27 million), is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions...

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