With the new Premier League season rapidly approaching, there’s a nervous sort of excitement building around Arsenal, as the North London outfit prepares to embark on its first season since 1996 without Arsene Wenger in charge. Although the cautionary tale that was David Moyes’ appointment at Manchester United immediately following Sir Alex Ferguson's 26-year reign may give some Arsenal fans cause for concern.
French President Emmanuel Macron was on-hand Sunday at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium as Les Bleus bested Croatia in the final to claim their first World Cup triumph since 1998. Macron was in a visibly jubilant mood as France stormed to a 4-2 win over a spirited Croatian team. Afterward, the president looked emotional as he individually congratulated each member of Didier Deschamps' World Cup winning side and offered special congratulations to Kylian Mbappe, who garnered the award for best young player at the tournament.
Despite seeing his team bested in the World Cup final in a 4-2 loss to France, Croatia's Luka Modric was awarded the Golden Ball trophy for best player at the tournament. Modric was the key cog in a Croatian midfield what was arguably the best we saw in Russia. In seven matches at the 2018 World Cup, the Real Madrid midfielder registered two goals and one assist while completing 368 passes.
As France beat Croatia by 4-2 in the 2018 World Cup final to claim its second World Cup, congratulations and accolades poured in from around the world. Including one tweeter-in-chief.
Trailing by four goals to one, Croatia looked to be completely on the ropes in the 69th minute of the World Cup final when a horrible blunder from France's keeper gave it a possible lifeline.
The World Cup final between France and Croatia was briefly halted in the second half after four fans ran onto the pitch during play.
France took an early lead against Croatia in the World Cup final after a well-placed free kick from Antoine Griezmann took an unfortunate deflection off the head of Croatia's Mario Mandzukic.
Belgium put two unanswered goals past England in the third-place game at Kretovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg on Saturday to achieve its best-ever World Cup finish. The Belgians grabbed an immediate lead through Thomas Meunier who netted the go-ahead goal inside the match's first five minutes, before doubling their lead in the game's final stretch through Eden Hazard.
Football isn't coming home after all, and to add insult to injury, the English Football Association has been hit with a $70,000 fine by FIFA.
The Croatian World Cup squad was understandably elated after Mario Mandzukic blasted in a goal deep into extra time, giving Croatia a 2-1 lead over England that put it in position to advance to Sunday's World Cup final. The score was tied 1-1 in the 109th minute when the burly striker latched onto a ball from Ivan Perisic and burst into the six-yard-box to lash a shot past England keeper Jordan Pickford, breaking English hearts and sending the Croatian team and its fans into ecstatics.
Football may or may not be coming home, but the English Football Association has been hit with a $70K fine by FIFA, after players representing the Three Lions at the World Cup were seen wearing "unauthorized" socks.
In soccer, the two most high-profile positions to be in when it all goes wrong are goalkeeper and goal-scorer. To the unstudied observer, you can make a serious error almost anywhere else on the pitch and it will likely soon be forgotten if it's even noticed at all. But when a goalkeeper blows a save? Or when a forward fluffs a goal scoring opportunity in a World Cup? It can lead to something that's not unlike a national inquest. Just ask England's, Raheem Sterling.
With no United States Men's National Team to cheer for and many of international soccer's usual heavyweights having fallen short, neutrals have been looking for likable teams to glom onto at this summer's World Cup.
FIFA has fined the Croatian soccer federation over $70,000 for violating media and marketing rules at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. According to a statement from the FIFA press service, the fine is related to an incident in which members of the Croatian national team were seen drinking "non-authorized beverage products," that is, drinks that were not officially approved as part of the sponsorship deal for the World Cup.
Exuberant celebrations are part of what makes the World Cup such an engaging spectacle. In-your-face celebrations and good-natured rivalries, like the one that saw former Sweden great Zlatan Ibrahimovic challenge ex-England great David Beckham to a bet on social media, add spice to contests like Saturday’s quarterfinal meeting between Sweden and England.
Brazil's World Cup came to an end on Friday, when the five-time winner was eliminated from the competition following a 2-1 loss to a talented Belgium side at Kazan Arena. It was a spirited display from Brazil, which managed to pull a goal back after going 2-0 down in the first half and nearly equalized in the dying moments when Neymar forced a fingertip save from Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
In an interesting twist of soccer irony, Sweden is having its best World Cup for decades in the wake of the international retirement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, arguably the greatest player ever to wear the Swedish jersey. But the legendary striker, who currently suits up for L.A. Galaxy in MLS, has backed his countrymen to succeed, and seems confident ahead of Saturday's quarterfinal against England.
You'd think that coming in as an outside dark horse and illuminating the tournament with a string of scintillating performances on the way to the quarterfinals would get Croatians united behind their World Cup team. Unfortunately, you'd be mistaken.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has sent a letter to the President of Thailand's soccer association, officially inviting the young Thai soccer players currently trapped in a cave to the World Cup final if they are rescued in time and well enough to make the journey.
Soccer is the world’s game and the World Cup is its showpiece event. During pivotal matches like Colombia’s Round of 16 clash with England on Tuesday, it’s not an exaggeration to say entire nations grind to a halt as they awaited the outcome. Just take the example of El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia.