FIFA World Cup

The story of Morocco in Mexico 1970

For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, a country from Africa would feature in the Greatest Show on Earth. The draw for the qualifying stages was conducted on 1 February 1968 in Casablanca, Morocco, with...

The origin of “Group of Death”

In the mega-events, teams are often seeded to provide an even distribution of strong and weak competitors across all preliminary groups. However, in association football, the ranking methods used for seeding may be crude. In the World Cup, until 2018...

The birth of Toto Schillaci

In the southern part of Italy, Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, right by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and...

Cameroon finish their lunch with Maradona and Argentina

The summer of 1990 was endless, but the world was not bored because of the music and colour the fourteenth FIFA World Cup provided – the hype started as soon as the 80s ended. One could hear people saying,...

When Brazil and England dished out a spectacular show

Jairzinho, who was given the number 7 shirt to carry on the legacy of legendary Garrincha, shone throughout the tournament, but on that particular afternoon, he was like a wizard.
Not World-beaters yet, but Asia shows improvement in Russia 2018

Not World-beaters yet, but Asia shows improvement in Russia 2018

While Japan stole the headlines with a near-miss against Belgium, South Korea and Iran also spearheaded a solid World Cup for Asia 

Video: Looking back at a fine day for France who run rampant in Russia Despite dogged resistance and some fine play from Croatia, France came out on top to win a second World Cup trophy - our experts look at how Didier did it.....    
Didier Deschamps

Didier Deschamps joins football elite by guiding France to World Cup glory

From water-carrier to trophy-lifter - Didier Deschamps has joined an elite group to win a World Cup both as a player and coach
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A Clasico spin in Russia to an intriguing World Cup final

After a month of football, the World Cup is down to two teams - and it will be strength, stamina and a bit of luck that divides France and Croatia 

Why Luka Modric is now hot property for the Ballon d’Or

With a failure to launch at the World Cup for the big three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar, a Ballon d'Or spot has opened for Luka Modric 

Rakitic and ‘Grizou’ looking to lead their nations to World Cup glory

Two individually brilliant team-mates sacrificing their game for the team has seen Rakitic and Griezmann driving France and Croatia to the World Cup final 
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France v Croatia – the key World Cup match-ups

Whether France lift the World Cup for the second time, or Croatia make history with a first, everything will come down to a series of duels at the Luzhniki Stadium   The World Cup 2018 comes down to this and it...
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Video: Fantastic France or incredible Croatia? The World Cup final may look like an easy ride for France but Croatia has been proving everyone wrong throughout their run in Russia - our experts make their picks.....  

Croatia dreamt a bigger dream in fantastic push to World Cup final

England had hope, Croatia had a dream...and a plan...and it was enough to put the Balkans into a famous World Cup final against France    Kashinath Bhattacharjee, Moscow England had the rarest opportunity of choosing its path to history. They fell even...
Mario Mnadzukic

Video: Football is not coming home as England overcome by Croatia It will be at least four more years of hurt as Croatia crush a fast start for England to move through to a famous final with France - our experts look back......
World Cup - Semi Final - France v Belgium

Video: France move forward and Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid behind A double day of drama with France battling Belgium to reach the World Cup final and Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid - here's a video special.....  
World Cup - Round of 16 - Belgium vs Japan

Neutral territory in Saint Petersburg as France battle back Belgium

Brazil's shock exit to Belgium was clear in Saint Petersburg with more fans following a samba beat than the Europeans in the semi-final clash against France   Kashinath Bhattacharjee, Saint Petersburg The World Cup is of the fans, for the fans and...
Head coach Gareth Southgate of England celebrates victory

England’s unlikely hero Gareth Southgate ushers in new era

Previously infamous for being part of England's past failure, Gareth Southgate has grown into a figurehead of a bright new era for the Three Lions 

Thierry Henry is talk of town as France face Belgium in World Cup semi

Despite France and Belgium having some of the world's best players, the big talk ahead of Tuesday's World Cup semi-final was an assistant coach 
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Video: Who will be in the World Cup final?

France or Belgium? England or Croatia? Our experts predict the World Cup semi-finals.


Real Madrid are the champions of Champions League

It felt like one of those old flicks they show on Saturday afternoons in which the gang successfully gets together for one final, big heist. Except, even without Mbappe, you suspect this won't be their last -- not when there's a guy like Ancelotti, one of the few men who can pull off the cardigan-cigar-shades combination and lead a team in transition to a league and cup double. Not with young guns - Vinicius, Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo - already with the "big one" under their belt. Not with Courtois, in the prime of his career, staking a claim as the world's No. 1 between the posts and getting a few things off his chest. ("We showed again who is the King of Europe.")

14 for Real Madrid