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Croatia bracing for 'seismic event' in World Cup final vs. France - Zlatko Dalic

8 days ago   |   By ESPN

Take a look back at how darkhorses Croatia and pre-tournament favourites France charted their course to reach the World Cup final.
The FC panel applauds Croatia for its resilience after defeating England in yet another come-from-behind victory.
Coach Zlatko Dalic said that the World Cup final will produce "a seismic event" back home in Croatia regardless of the result against France.
Croatia have reached the final of a major tournament for the first time in their team's 26-year history, and Dalic said that while he did not know how fans would be celebrating, he knew everyone will be...
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Soccer World Cup de-toxifies Russia's global brand

Soccer World Cup de-toxifies Russia's global brand

8 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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World Cup 2018: Can you name France 1998 & 2006 final players?

8 days ago   |   By BBC

France will appear in their third World Cup final on Sunday - but can you name the players that started the previous two?
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Ivan Rakitic: Croatia will have 4.5 million players in World Cup final

8 days ago   |   By ESPN

Take a look back at how darkhorses Croatia and pre-tournament favourites France charted their course to reach the World Cup final.
The FC panel applauds Croatia for its resilience after defeating England in yet another come-from-behind victory.
Ivan Rakitic said that Croatia will feel the support of their entire country when they face France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.
Croatia, who played their first FIFA-sanctioned matches in 1992 after the dissolution of Yugoslavia, finished third in the World Cup in 1998 but had otherwise not advanced beyond the group stage.
"This is a...
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World Cup 2018: France & Croatia to battle it out for football's biggest honour

World Cup 2018: France & Croatia to battle it out for football's biggest honour

8 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

The greatest spectacle in global football, the finals of the 2018 World Cup is set to see France and Croatia battle in what is expected to be a spell-binding confluence of power, technical skill and flair. Coach Didier Deschamps will hope to claim the grand prize at the end, unlike the Euro 2016 final. Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud are expected to lead the line for the French but all the attention will be on break-out star Kylian Mbappe, who'll complete the attacking trident.
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The last time France and Croatia met on the world stage 

The last time France and Croatia met on the world stage 

8 days ago   |   By FIFA

FIFA.com takes a journey down memory lane to relive the last time France and Croatia met at the World Cup, ahead of their most significant encounter to date, the 2018 Final.
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Croatia's World Cup miracle: How has a country of just four million people reached the final?

Croatia's World Cup miracle: How has a country of just four million people reached the final?

8 days ago   |   By Goal

On Sunday, the Balkan nation will play France for the biggest prize in football - Goal Croatia's Ante Buskulic tries to explain how they've got here
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Soccer-French wavebreaker Kante having the World Cup of his life

8 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

It is easy to ignore diminutive N'Golo Kante amid all of France's star-studded World Cup squad that includes $100 million-plus players such as Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann. The 27-year-old does not have the stature of fellow midfielder Pogba, nor does he have the lightning speed of Mbappe or the goal-scoring ability of Griezmann.
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France out to rectify Euro 2016 mistakes in World Cup final: Pogba

France out to rectify Euro 2016 mistakes in World Cup final: Pogba

8 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

By Karolos Grohmann MOSCOW - France are determined not to make the same mistakes they did two years ago in losing the Euro 2016 final when they take on Croatia for the biggest prize in football, midfielder Paul Pogba said on Thursday. France face the Croats in the World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, but they are rejecting the favorites tag which cost them dearly two years ago, he said.
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