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Manchester United train without Sergio Romero; Daley Blind says goodbyes

28 days ago   |   By ESPN FC

After Julien Laurens hails Paul Pogba's role in France's World Cup triumph, the FC crew examine whether the tournament was a new beginning for him.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson takes a look at the latest rumours in Transfer Rater, featuring Ivan Perisic, Gonzalo Higuain and more.
LOS ANGELES - Sergio Romero was absent from training as Manchester United held their first open session on Tuesday in California.
Jose Mourinho's side were put through the paces in their second training session of the summer at UCLA's Drake Stadium on Tuesday morning, after arriving in Los Angeles on Sunday evening...
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Didier Deschamps hails 'beautiful' World Cup win but Dejan Lovren says 'France didn't play football'

28 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

Deschamps became only the third man to win football's biggest prize as both player and manager following Sunday's dramatic 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow, a feat he and his squad celebrated long into the night. The 49-year-old was drenched with beer and water by his jubilant players after they invaded his post-match press conference at the Luzhniki Stadium before singing “Didier Deschamps”, hugging him and shouting “Vive la France”.
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Croatia's luck ran out with World Cup penalty call, says Dalic

Croatia's luck ran out with World Cup penalty call, says Dalic

28 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said his side had run out of luck after they conceded a controversial penalty awarded by VAR in the 4-2 World Cup final defeat against France on Sunday. With the score level at 1-1, Argentine referee Nestor Pitana changed his initial decision and awarded a spot-kick, converted by Antoine Griezmann, for handball against Ivan Perisic after viewing television replays. Dalic defended VAR as a "good thing for football" but believes his side's luck in Russia finally ran out after penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russia on route to the final.
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World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, a needed boost

28 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

The welcome was grand, the emotion visceral as France's victorious World Cup team rolled down Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue in an open-top bus Monday while tens of thousands of people cheered with unrestrained pride and jets streamed the national colors - blue, white, red - overhead. The crowd that waited for hours to greet the soccer team, under a hot sun and amid celebratory smoke bombs that choked the air, got its moment hours after the team returned from Russia to hoist the gold trophy on French soil for the second time in 20 years. The national team's 4-2 win over Croatia on Sunday...
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Women's Super League kicks off. before all six teams are kicked out | Tanya Aldred

28 days ago   |   By The Guardian

With eight new teams set to step in, grounds like Bristol may soon be stripped of top-class women's T20 action It was about this time last year that there was a seismic shift in cricket in this country. A shake, a transference in space and time, felt from St John's Wood to Sprotbrough, as Lord's filled its great arena with girls young and old, and watched England lift the Women's World Cup trophy a scintillating final against India. A year on and England's showcase women's domestic tournament, the T20 Kia Super League, prepares to launch into its third season on Sunday. Related: County...
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Croatia fears World Cup chance may never come again

28 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

MOSCOW The rain hid Croatia's tears. After Luka Modric collected his Golden Ball award in a downpour, he shared an emotional embrace with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, both wearing the country's red-and-white checkered uniform. Croatia knows Sunday's 4-2 loss to France in the World Cup final was a chance that may not come again anytime soon. “We were so close and we played the best soccer. We deserved more,” said Modric, who at 32 may have played in his last World Cup match. Croatia's first golden generation lost to France in the 1998 World Cup semifinals, and its second...
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Messi, Modric, Ronaldo: stars who might not feature at 2022 World Cup

28 days ago   |   By ESPN

Julien Laurens takes issue with ESPNFC.com's omission of France's N'Golo Kante in their World Cup team of the tournament.
After Julien Laurens hails Paul Pogba's role in France's World Cup triumph, the FC crew examine whether the tournament was a new beginning for him.
The 2018 World Cup is just the beginning for players like Kylian Mbappe but it might well mark the end of a glittering international career for several players who've either been to several tournaments or just the one. Nick Miller runs through ten notables who might not be in the mix, or have already ruled themselves out...
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France beats Croatia 4-2 to clinch 2nd FIFA World Cup title

France beats Croatia 4-2 to clinch 2nd FIFA World Cup title

28 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

France clinched its second FIFA World Cup title after beating Croatia 4-2 in the finals on Sunday - in the highest-scoring final since 1966. Les Bleus led from the get-go courtesy of the first-half own-goal off the top of Mario Mandzukic's head. Croatia rallied to equalize with a terrific left-foot strike by Ivan Perisic; however France took the lead right back when Perisic handled the ball in his own penalty area. Argentine referee Nestor Pitana initially didn't call the handball but awarded the spot kick after a video review - the first time in a World Cup final. Antoine Griezmann...
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After 2018 World Cup loss to France, Luka Modric and Croatia receives hero's welcome upon return home

28 days ago   |   By CBSSports

Luka Modric brought a fan with down syndrome onto the stage when he heard he was a fan as well
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WORLD CUP: Winners and losers of the tournament in Russia

WORLD CUP: Winners and losers of the tournament in Russia

28 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

Savor the thrills, unpredictability, and constant drama of this World Cup. Russia might have staged the last 32-team World Cup. FIFA has yet to definitively rule out adding another 16 teams in time for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but the leap to 48 teams will be happening for certain for the triple-hosted North American tournament in 2026.
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Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic's latest triumph proves me right - he's the closest we've seen to tennis perfection

28 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

For the last couple of years we've seen only intermittent flashes of his brilliance, but the last two weeks have been a throwback to those times when Djokovic was clearly the best player on the planet. This has been a tournament in which the big servers have excelled, but Djokovic has proved that you don't have to serve thunderbolts to be successful. Just as Roger Federer has done on so many occasions, Djokovic showed that perfect placement and getting in a high percentage of first serves can be just as effective as the sledgehammer approach.
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Croatia boss: 'You don't give a penalty like that'

28 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

ESPN Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic made his opinion clear of the video-assisted penalty decision that allowed France to take the lead on Sunday, saying: "You don't give a penalty like that in a World Cup final." The game was level at 1-1 late in the first half when Antoine Griezmann's corner struck the arm of Ivan Perisic. Though referee Nestor Pitana did not initially give the penalty, the video assistant referee suggested he should review the play, and after a brief period the Argentine awarded the spot kick. The decision was a turning point as Griezmann scored to put France into a lead...
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France's Kylian Mbappe made around $500,000 at the World Cup. It's all reportedly going to charity

28 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

Kylian Mbappe makes a pretty thoughtful gesture. According to Sports Illustrated, 19-year-old soccer phenom Kylian Mbappe earned about $22,500 for each of France's seven World Cup matches, plus a bonus of around $350,000 after Les Bleus won the title Sunday with a 4-2 victory over Croatia. Totaling that up, he'll take in just north of $500,000 for his highly successful month in Russia. But he apparently won't be keeping one euro of it. Instead, according to L'Equipe, he will be donating it all to Premiers de Cordee, a charity that provides sports activities to hospitalized and disabled...
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World Cup: France Tops Croatia, 4-2, Returns To Glory 20 Years After Last FIFA Triumph

28 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

France decisively beat Croatia 4-2 today to win the World Cup in Moscow, a triumph 20 years in the making. The Croatian team battled hard and actually dominated play at times, but France managed to find the holes in the smaller country's defense and never trailed. Croatia captain Luka Modric won the Golden Ball, awarded to the best player at the tournament, and assured that his name will be in the debates to come over who is the planet's best player.
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