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World Cup of Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar proved anything but
By Jack Pitt-Brooke/The Independent
France, Croatia given heroes' welcome home
The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes' welcome on Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country's newest idols.
Future seems bright after great final at 'greatest' World Cup
“The greatest World Cup ever” got the final it deserved when a young, exciting France team swept aside Croatia with a pulsating 4-2 victory and performances that suggested a changing of the guard at the top of the sport.
France wins six-goal thriller in Moscow to lift second World Cup trophy
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.
Belgium 'deserved' historic World Cup finish, Martinez says
A third-place finish at the World Cup on Saturday leaves a strong legacy for Belgian football, coach Roberto Martinez said, as he declared the tournament a success for his team.
Dalic: Croatians will sacrifice final places if not fit
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is prepared to make changes for today's World Cup final against France if some of his players have not recovered from their exertions in reaching football's biggest game.
There is more to Croatia than Modric magic
Croatia’s run to the World Cup final is largely down to Luka Modric’s tireless work in midfield but the Croatians’ ability to switch tactics efficiently should be a warning for the opponent France on Sunday.
France peaking perfectly, heads into World Cup final
Should France go on to win the World Cup on Sunday, it would have peaked perfectly after starting the tournament in Russia slowly but gaining momentum when it mattered most.
Southgate to stick with England's winning formula against Croatia
England manager Gareth Southgate said he is not about to change his team’s approach for Wednesday’s World Cup semifinal against Croatia, saying he wants the “same again” from his young side.
France can still get better, warns Deschamps
France has dispatched two former World Cup winners in the knockout stage but is still far from a polished product and only getting better, suggested coach Didier Deschamps in an ominous warning to the semifinal opponent Belgium.
Belgium happy to do it hard way
Aware that they were not going to beat Brazil in a beautiful football contest, Belgium found another way to shine when the two sides met in the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup in Kazan on Friday.
'Maybe we won't get this opportunity again,' says Southgate
England came into the World Cup with low expectations from its fans and much talk of building for the future but as it faces a quarterfinal with Sweden on Saturday, manager Gareth Southgate said this generation might not get a better chance to triumph.
Asia seeks more World Cup shocks in Qatar 2022
Asian teams weren't expected to make an impact at the World Cup but a record points haul and some stunning performances against top sides have lifted their hopes for Qatar 2022.
Confident Swedes relishing quarters showdown
An increasingly confident Sweden is relishing the prospect of a World Cup quarterfinal clash against England after displaying the best of its battling qualities in a 1-0 win over Switzerland in Tuesday’s Round of 16 tie.
England finds new calmness to banish hoodoo
As captain Harry Kane walked away from the celebrating England fans after his team’s heart-stopping World Cup penalty shootout win over Colombia on Tuesday he looked so relaxed he could have been strolling to the corner shop for a bottle of milk.

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