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Young fans in Red Square on the eve of the World Cup final. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images France: champions I could not be prouder of my team. To see France do so well and bring such happiness to the country has been an incredible experience. Raphaël Varane stood out for me at the back. A hardworking and humble hero who was full of heart, he kept world class strikers quiet throughout the tourn…
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19.07.2018 · From The News
Paul Pogba basks in the euphoria of winning the World Cup. The midfielder became, somewhat improbably, the first Manchester United player to score in a World Cup final. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters Facebook Twitter Pinterest
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18.07.2018 · From The News
Raphaël Varane joins an illustrious list of players who have won the World Cup and European Cup in the same year. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images “Raphaël Varane has just completed the big-time double of winning the European Cup and World Cup in the same year. Which other players have achieved this?” asks Jim George. Well, having done some digging around, we came up with a list and Varane making an illu…
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18.07.2018 · From The News
Marcel Desailly celebrates France’s second World Cup triumph with Djibril Sidibé (left) and Nabil Fekir (right), 20 years after he helped inspire the nation’s first. Photograph: Michael Regan - FIFA/Getty Images Mes amis, it was a long night. World champions, a second star on the jersey and, naturellement, the celebrations were long and loud and joyful. I found myself in the changing room with the players after t…
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17.07.2018 · From The News
Clockwise from left: N’Golo Kanté of France, Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho, Mesut Özil of Germany, England’s Harry Kane and the Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand. Composite: FIFA via Getty Images; BPI/Rex/Shutterstock; AFP/Getty Images; Tom Jenkins/Guardian The Russia World Cup came to a close with the France v Croatia final at the Luzhniki. There were 63 games before that and after every game we asked our …
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17.07.2018 · From The News
What’s that you say? Photograph: Dave Shopland/BPI/Rex Shutterstock Who said ... Stanislav Cherchesov Juan Carlos Osorio Gareth Southgate Carlos Queiroz The Iran coach said his team's work ethic, not individual ability, had helped them to complete a smash-and-grab win over Morocco in their World Cup o…
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17.07.2018 · From The News
Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé show of the second star on their shirts. Photograph: Ulrik Pedersen/Action Plus/Getty Images As Patrice Evra stormed from the training pitch and his teammates hid behind the curtains of their team bus, winning the World Cup seemed a very long way away. Any semblance of togetherness had evaporated – not for the first time. France have long been blessed with talent bu…
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17.07.2018 · From The News
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17.07.2018 · From The News
France’s young, World Cup-winning football team have staged a victorious home-coming parade in an open-top bus down the Champs Élysées as hundreds of thousands of supporters wrapped in flags cheered them on. The 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow on Sunday has cemented France’s reemergence as a football superpower and brought the country together. The squad were driven down the packed avenue in Paris, smiling and waving and holding up the cup as the French air force staged a flypast amid plumes o…
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16.07.2018 · From The News
Kylian Mbappé, Luka Modric and Eden Hazard all make the Guardian’s team of the tournament. Composite: Frank Hulley-Jones The World Cup in Russia has come to an end and we can look back at a tournament with only one 0-0 draw among the 64 games. Our readers have been diligently casting their voted at the end of the games and we have used those votes to compile our team of the tournament. Players must have …
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16.07.2018 · From The News
France’s young, World Cup-winning football team have staged a victorious home-coming parade in an open-top bus down the Champs Élysées as hundreds of thousands of supporters wrapped in flags cheered them on. The 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow on Sunday has cemented France’s reemergence as a football superpower and brought the country together. The squad were driven down the packed avenue in Paris, smiling and waving and holding up the cup as the French air force staged a flypast amid plumes o…
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16.07.2018 · From The News
Kylian Mbappé, one of the stars of the tournament, lifts the trophy. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA Thank you Russia, and goodbye! It’s been fun. Not to mention epic, thrilling, dazzlingly well-organised, and with a constantly shifting sense of place from the strangulating heat of Samara, to the fly-marshes of Volgograd, to the mist and drizzle of the north. But that is now a wrap. After four and a…
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16.07.2018 · From The News
Paul Pogba has become a leader in the France team and his sumptuous pass for Kylian Mbappé ensured the final would be remembered for some dazzling football. Photograph: Michael Regan - FIFA/Getty Images If ever there was a time for Paul Pogba to dab and dance, to snapchat and sing to his heart’s content without giving a soul with any sense the opportunity to even tut, this was it. With Moscow’s Luzhniki S…
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16.07.2018 · From The News
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