FIFA World Cup 2018

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.

July 15, 2018
July 15, 2018

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.

July 12, 2018
July 12, 2018

Nerveless Croatia in maiden final

Croatia set up a dream final with France as they came from a goal down to beat England 2-1 in a nail-biting semifinal at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow yesterday.

July 12, 2018
July 12, 2018

Apology to beautiful football

France won the match, but not the hearts. The first semifinal between the two best sides of the World Cup failed to live up to its Battle Royale billing. It was a good match but could have been great had France not played negative football. There was no reason for France to play defensively.

July 11, 2018
July 11, 2018

Footballers' cars…and if footballers were deshi cars

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is almost over. We've been treated to a tournament full of fantastic goals, heartbreaking upsets and plenty of underdog triumphs that add drama to the greatest sporting event in the world.

July 11, 2018
July 11, 2018

Lots of fights within a fight

France, Belgium face off. The two best teams of this World Cup lock horns tonight. A dream match that has every potential to live up to its billing as a Battle Royale.

July 10, 2018
July 10, 2018

Wind of change in football

Football is played in cycles, although they do not change often.

July 10, 2018
July 10, 2018

Wind of change in football

Football is played in cycles, although they do not change often.

July 10, 2018
July 10, 2018

A cracker in the offing

If you discount World Cup pedigree, which has actually had little or no bearing in Russia 2018 so far, there is little to choose from between France and Belgium when the two European nations lock horns in the first semifinal at the Saint Petersburg Stadium today.

July 10, 2018
July 10, 2018

4 teams, 4 key attributes

The semifinal line-up is complete and two intriguing, all-European ties lie in wait. But while the teams in the last four of Russia 2018 hail from the same continent, the similarities end there. France, Belgium, England and Croatia all boast very different attributes. This article on FIFA.COM takes a look at the salient features of the four semifinalists.

July 8, 2018
July 8, 2018

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.