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  • World Cup celebrations rock Paris

    WC celebrations rock Paris

    The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes' welcome yesterday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country's newest idols.

  • France's Antoine Griezmann kisses the trophy to celebrate winning the World Cup 2018

    'I do not know where I am!'

    Once the French have their hands on the coveted golden trophy, Griezmann grasp it and run down to fans behind the goal to show them the World Cup, before skipping back along the side of the pitch holding it aloft.

  • Zlatko Dalic

    ‘You don't give a penalty like that in a World Cup final'

    Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic stated outright what he felt regarding the controversial penalty call following his side’s 4-2 defeat to France in Sunday’s World Cup final, saying : “You don't give a penalty like that in a World Cup final.”

  • Pitana-France-Croatia-final-match

    Did controversies ruin the spectacle of the World Cup final?

    It was the first time that Video Referee Assistant (VAR) technology was used in a World Cup final but controversial refereeing decsions ensured that a spectacle of the calibre of the final might have been marred by inconsistencies.

  • 2018 World Cup Winner France

    Young France promise even more

    Energetic, disciplined and clinical, France won the World Cup on Sunday with a 4-2 victory over Croatia that, even in such a moment of achievement, still left the feeling there may be much more to come from Didier Deschamps' outstanding young team.

  • Pitch invader and France's Kylian Mbappe

    Reason why protesters invaded pitch during World Cup final

    The World Cup final between France and Croatia was briefly interrupted when three intruders affiliated to anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot ran onto the pitch before being hauled off by stewards.

  • Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric

    Modric wins golden ball as best player at the 2018 World Cup

    Croatia captain Luka Modric beat competetion from the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Eden Hazard to win the golden ball as the best player in the World Cup even as his side lost the final of the showpiece event 4-2 against France.

  • France won World Cup 2018

    France again after 20 years

    Paul Pogba wanted his own star and 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe wanted to make an everlasting impression on his World Cup debut. Their wishes were granted as France lifted the World Cup with a 4-2 win against Croatia in the final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow yesterday.

  • France Vs Croatia Final Match

    France's second or Croatia's first?

    A month ago, if someone had predicted that France and Croatia would play the World Cup final in Russia, most of us would have dumped it as an impossible option. But here we are with that spectacularly different reality -- the Les Bleus and the Blazers lining up for today's final at the Luzhniki Stadium.

  • Barcelona midfielder Rakitic

    Rakitic dreams of going further than 1998 Croatia heroes

    Ivan Rakitic is hoping this Croatia team can go a step further after matching the country’s heroes of 1998 by making it to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

  • David Beckham wins England bet

    Beckham wins England bet with Zlatan

    David Beckham wins a friendly England versus Sweden bet against Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the terms of the bet stating that if England beat Sweden in the quarter-final to book a place in the World Cup 2018 semi-final, Zlatan would be buying dinner for Beckham where ever he wants in the world.

  • Harry Maguire

    England cruise to semis

    Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored as England comfortably defeated Sweden 2-0 in Samara on Saturday to reach the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1990.

  • Russia vs Croatia Match 2018

    Croatia end Russian dream

    Ivan Rakitic scored the winning penalty as Croatia beat Russia 4-3 in a shoot-out after a dramatic 2-2 draw on Saturday to end the World Cup hopes of the host nation and advance to a semi-final against England.

  • Brazil midfielder Paulinho

    Loss to Belgium is harder than 7-1 humiliation: Paulinho

    Brazil midfielder Paulinho says that the 2-1 defeat against Belgium in their quarter-final match of the World Cup 2018 is harder to take than the 7-1 humiliation handed by Germany in World Cup 2014.

  • Luka Modric

    Russia vs Croatia match in numbers

    Russia will look to continue the winning tradition of host nations at the World Cup when it takes on Croatia in a quarter-final matchup at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi today. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 am in Bangladesh time. Here we look at some of the statistics ahead of the game.

  • Neymar-Thomas Meunier

    ‘I expected more difficulties against Neymar'

    The Belgium defender Thomas Meunier praises his team’s defending against Brazil and also says that he expected a better show from the Selecao star man Neymar while defending against him during the Red Devils’ 2-1 win over Brazil in their quarter-final match of the World Cup 2018.

  • FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

    Winner not on the field

    Four years ago, Brazil were hit by a tragedy bigger than a tsunami. A 7-1 thrashing by Germany was beyond the wildest imagination of the proud football nation.

  • Brazil's forward Neymar

    Belgium oust Brazil

    Belgium shot Brazil out of the World Cup with a 2-1 quarterfinal win yesterday to set up a semifinal clash with France on Tuesday.

  • Brazil players World Cup celebrate

    Can the number 8 stop Selecao?

    Is it about time for Brazil to really think that they have got the best chance to win a record-extending sixth Word Cup title in Russia?

  • World Cup England vs Colombia match

    England end penalty jinx

    England edged Colombia 4-3 on penalties yesterday to halt a run of five successive shootout defeats at major tournaments and book a quarter-final clash against Sweden at the World Cup.

  • Sweden vs Switzerland match

    'We're not satisfied yet'

    Sweden are delighted to make it to the quarter-finals but they are not satisfied yet, coach Janne Andersson told reporters after his side edged Switzerland 1-0 to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1994.

  • Japan vs Belgium Match 2018

    A counter-attack that broke hearts

    It was a game that was balanced on a knife’s edge. The first half pretty much saw Belgium dominate as the likes Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku threatened to cut loose. The tide then shifted as Japan showed their class. Throughout the first half, they had shown glimpses of magic with the creative genius of Takashi Inui causing problems for Belgium.

  • World Cup quarterfinals

    'We wanted penalties'

    Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev said Russia's game plan had been to hold on for a penalty shootout after the host nation beat Spain on spot-kicks Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals.

  • Brazil superstar Neymar

    ‘I call my luggage Neymar’, mocks Cantona

    Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has once again mocked Brazil superstar Neymar as the 52-year old said that he named his newly bought luggage ‘Neymar’ because it keeps on turning round and round when you touch it, just like Neymar in recent games.

  • FIFA World Cup 2018 Spain vs Russia match,

    Spain vs Russia match in numbers

    The hosts Russia take on the 2010 World Cup champions Spain in their match of round of 16 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow today. The match is scheduled to start at 8:00 pm in Bangladesh time. Let’s look at some of the statistics ahead of the game.

  • Mascherano announces retirement

    Mascherano announces retirement

    Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano annouces his retirement from the Argentina national team after the 4-3 defeat against France in the Round of 16 stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

  • Portugal vs Uruguay FIFA World Cup 2018 match

    Portugal vs Uruguay match in numbers

    The Group A champions Uruguay face Group B runners-up Portugal in the round of 16 of World Cup 2018 to battle it out for a Quarter Final spot in the tournament at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi today. The match will begin at 12:00 am in Bangladesh time. Let’s look at some of the statistics ahead of the feisty encounter.

  • France vs Argentina match

    France vs Argentina match in numbers

    France and Argentina meet in the first match of the round of 16 of the World Cup 2018 at the Kazan Arena today. The match will start at 8:00 pm in Bangladesh time. Here we look at some statistics ahead of the thrilling encounter.

  • Argentina vs France

    Can France learn from Croatia?

    France will take on Argentina in the opening round of 16 clash today well aware of their own shortcomings, but also with the assurance that they have all the tools in their arsenal that they need to see off their South American opponents.

  • No more second chances Messi

    No more second chances

    The World Cup is going to get cruel from today when Argentina take on France in the first of the eight round of 16 games at the Kazan Arena.