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France determined not to lose World Cup final as they did Euro 2016

9 days ago   |   By ESPN

France's Antoine Griezmann insists achieving his childhood dream of winning the World Cup is all he cares about and not whether he scores or wins personal accolades.
Attention now turns toward the World Cup final as Croatia must find the legs to face France on Sunday.
Paul Pogba admits that France expected to win the 2016 Euro final, but won't make that mistake in the World Cup final.
MOSCOW - It was two years ago, almost to the day. France were in the final of "their" European Championship at home against Portugal. Four days before that, they beat Germany, the World Champions, 2-0 in...
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Mbappe, France to face Modric, Croatia for World Cup title

Mbappe, France to face Modric, Croatia for World Cup title

9 days ago   |   By Fox Sports

MOSCOW Kylian Mbappe has electrified the World Cup with his speed and youthful exuberance. Luka Modric has coolly controlled matches in Russia with his graceful play in the middle.
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A capsule look at the France-Croatia World Cup final

9 days ago   |   By Fox Sports

A capsule look at Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow :
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Mixed emotions in Balkans over Croatia's World Cup success

9 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

BELGRADE, Serbia - In the Balkans, soccer is so political that it has created bitter divisions about Croatia's surprising success at the World Cup. The team will face France in the tournament final in Moscow on Sunday, provoking mixed reactions and strong emotions in the region scarred by war. From Montenegro and Serbia in the east and Slovenia in the west, Croatia's neighbors have been split over whether to support Croatia or France, reflecting the persisting rifts stemming from the 1990s conflict. While many in those nations have expressed pride and joy that a Balkan country has made it...
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How Finland flop sparked Croatia's journey to the World Cup final

9 days ago   |   By The Irish Times

Pyry Soiri proved the catalyst for Zlatko Dalic's arrival and a national resurgence
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Has Video Refereeing Ruined The World Cup?

9 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

Tensions were high at a crowded bar in New York City, packed with sweating Belgian and French fans. A lot was at stake: Whoever won Tuesday's game would go on to play in the World Cup final. Anxious fans booed, chanted and yelled at the screen. As raucous as soccer can get, it's also a game of charades. Players communicate with the referee, who often speaks a different language, by using sign language. A striker will hold up an invisible infraction card to ask that an opponent be penalized; the ref might point at his eyes to acknowledge a misbehaving player. And this year, a new gesture...
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France vs. Croatia World Cup final prediction: Determining edge in defense, midfield, attack, more

9 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

France and Croatia will face off in the World Cup final this Sunday after winning their semifinals matches, and it's a contest that is loaded with talent. Even the average soccer fan knows just how stacked France is, but Croatia is a team that also has its fair share of superstars who have helped carry this team. But which has the edge when it comes to the different lines and more? Let's break the matchup down piece by piece. Talent Edge: France Why: Both teams have some fantastic players, 10 of which play in what I think is the top league in the world, La Liga. But there's no doubt France...
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Soccer World Cup de-toxifies Russia's global brand

Soccer World Cup de-toxifies Russia's global brand

9 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

By Christian Lowe MOSCOW - When the last fan files out of Moscow's Luzhniki stadium on Sunday after the soccer World Cup final, Vladimir Putin can bask in the knowledge that his objective for the tournament has been met: Russia has, for now at least, been re-branded. After years when the dominant themes reaching global audiences about Russia have been associated with violence and diplomatic conflict, the tournament was a five-week stream of positive images being beamed to billions of televisions and smartphone screens.
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Project Russia: Which fans are left at the World Cup?

9 days ago   |   By ESPN

With the World Cup final looming, ESPN's Charlie Gibson travels around searching for fans from all 32 nations.
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John Strong was once an American 'soccer nerd by myself.' Now he's calling the World Cup final

9 days ago   |   By Washingtonpost

The Fox announcer is aware of the significance of a homegrown soccer fanatic becoming the first American voice on the U.S. English-language broadcast of the final since 2006.
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The Latest: Pitana gets 1st and final whistles at World Cup

The Latest: Pitana gets 1st and final whistles at World Cup

9 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

FIFA has selected Nestor Pitana to referee the World Cup final between France and Croatia on Sunday. It will be the fifth game at this World Cup for Pitana, and his second working with each of France and Croatia.
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World Cup Wonder: Zinedine Zidane 1998 World Cup final header

World Cup Wonder: Zinedine Zidane 1998 World Cup final header

9 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

World Cup Wonders: where real fans recreate the most iconic goals from the World Cup.
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Croatian fans aim for Moscow's World Cup final at any cost

Croatian fans aim for Moscow's World Cup final at any cost

9 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

By Polina Ivanova MOSCOW - Croatian soccer fans are pulling out all the stops to be in Moscow on Sunday, when their national team will take part in a World Cup final for the first time in its history. Croatia secured a hard-won spot in the tournament showpiece against France, to be held at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, after defeating England 2-1 on Wednesday, the team's third consecutive match to go into extra time. The final is a moment Croatian soccer fans are desperate not to miss.
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Rugby World Cup Repechage Tournament To Be Held In France

Rugby World Cup Repechage Tournament To Be Held In France

9 days ago   |   By Rugby World

The final Repechage event to qualify for the 2019 World Cup will be held at State Delort in Marseille. Qualifiers: The repechage event will decide the final qualifier for the 2019 World Cup A Repechage event for the 2019 World Cup will be held at State Delort in Marseille.
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France & Croatia Fans Get Hyped for the World Cup Final

9 days ago   |   By Bleacher Report

Life is good right now if you're a supporter of either the French or Croatian national football teams. France booked their place in the World Cup final with victory over Belgium on Tuesday night, sparking wild celebration in Paris...
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