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France Just Won the World Cup. Here’s How Much Their Players Get

For winning Sunday's final, FIFA will give France $38 million from its prize fund<p>France just played its way to its first World Cup victory in 20 …

Disability

The World Cup final is always weird, but this one was actually GOOD

The stakes of the World Cup final always makes things strange. But this time, France vs. Croatia was special.<p>Well, wasn’t that World Cup final a strange game of football? Croatia came out and played like the dominant, heavily favoured, massive nation they absolutely aren’t, while France — at least …

Soccer

How Pep Guardiola, NBA & NFL Helped Turn England into Potential World Champions

The date was 30 November 2016, and despair was setting in for English football fans.<p>Three months on from England's ultimate embarrassment of losing to Iceland at the European Championship and its waving goodbye to boss Roy Hodgson, successor Sam Allardyce had been forced out of the job in a …

Soccer

Potential World Cup Finals, ranked by how much we want to see them

What teams do we want to see?<p>Right then. With just four teams left in the competition, it’s time to get ahead of ourselves. Who do we want in the final, and why?<p>Obviously those of you with a supporter’s interest know exactly what you want: your team, playing an opponent that’s just come through a …

Soccer

All 6 goals from the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday, ranked

The best finishes from England vs. Sweden and Russia vs. Croatia.<p>There is precious little World Cup remaining, so we must cherish every moment we have. In that spirit, we’re going to watch all the goals from the quarterfinal matches on Saturday, Sweden vs. England and Russia vs. Croatia, and rank …

Soccer

8 of Scotland’s best beaches and coastal treasures

Making a feature of Scotland’s less-travelled coast is a responsibility and a challenge. Even its quieter corners are seeing a tourist boom. Much of the rural north-west, deserted in the romantic imagination, is to all intents “full”. Skye, where accommodation is booked months ahead and camper vans …

Scotland

Ivan Rakitic: Born and Raised in Switzerland but Now Croatia's Key Man

Ivan Rakitic scored the goal of the year during his first full season as a starter with Basel in the Swiss Super League. He was only 19 years old when he rifled home a snap volley from outside of the box against St. Gallen in October 2006.<p>It is not that goal, however, for which he is remembered by …

Soccer

The endless delight of watching Romelu Lukaku control the World Cup

Space becomes a cruel, taunting expanse when you can no longer control its boundaries. One can be haunted in multiple dimensions when they can’t comprehend how they lost their way. Distance becomes a mirage and leeway a mirror into death on one’s field of play. Jamal Crawford can famously hijack …

Soccer

Heart-stopping photos of Kai Tak International Airport

Hong Kong

How much do we care that football has lost its soul?

Moments after helping Real Madrid beat Liverpool in this year’s Champions League final, Gareth Bale gave a TV interview. The Welsh international could have talked about the remarkable overhead kick that had given his club the lead. He might even have talked about his long range effort that had …

Soccer

There is a cloud hanging over this World Cup and Fifa must not ignore it | Stuart James

There was a time when we used to sneer at the antics deployed by South American nations, or the histrionics on show in La Liga, wondering how supporters put up with all the play-acting, but everyone’s at it now, including – and let’s not kid ourselves – England players. “Shithousery” is the word …

Soccer

Religion, obesity and bad cheese – what the world can't work out about America

The US will be celebrating its independence day today. But what does the rest of the (English-speaking) world really think of America? We’ve turned to Google for answers. Here are some of the most common queries about the country.<p>Why is America so religious?<p>In a 2009 Gallup Poll, when asked "Is …

Belgium's win over Japan: A World Cup comeback not seen in almost half a century

It seemed once again, a World Cup night was about to end with a surprise win for the underdogs. Japan grazed the classification for the quarterfinals in Russia — but favourites Belgium ended their dream with a historic comeback in the final seconds of stoppage time.<p>The Blue Samurais came out ahead …

Soccer

England vs Colombia, World Cup 2018: Harry Kane, the king of calm, keeps his head on the biggest stage

The last words Gareth Southgate had said as he left the field were for Harry Kane. Perhaps one day we will know what they were, but for his tiring …

Soccer

Romelu Lukaku Is A Genius

More than any other soccer skill, positional awareness comes with the widest gulf between how important it is to a team’s success and how readily …

Soccer

World Cup 2018: Neymar diving antics ridiculed in brilliant new KFC advert

KFC have joined the online craze of mocking Neymar for his exaggerated rolls along the ground.<p>The Brazilian, 26, was ridiculed for covering a huge …

FIFA World Cup

Suarez to Griezmann: Stop pretending to be Uruguayan

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Luis Suarez has a message for France forward Antoine Griezmann: Stop pretending to be Uruguayan.<p>Griezmann likes the traditional South American drink mate, he speaks Spanish like someone from Uruguay and he's been pictured wearing the team's jersey.<p>The Atletico Madrid …

Soccer

A new coach in & Iniesta out - how Spain must rebuild after World Cup shambles

After La Roja suffered a disastrous exit in the round of 16, a rethink is now needed and here is a look at some of the changes that should be made<p>Back to the drawing board for Spain. Knocked out of the World Cup on penalties by Russia on Sunday, La Roja head home with their tails between their legs …

Soccer

World Cup 2018: Kylian Mbappé Bends Time and Space, Leads France Past Argentina

Kylian Mbappé is fast. This requires some clarification: most professional soccer players are fast, in the sense that they move more quickly than the average person. Some are fast in a more impressive sense, in that they move more quickly than the average professional soccer player. The World Cup …

Soccer

Japan steal World Cup hearts with dignified response to cruel exit

Japan impressed football fans around the world on Monday night with a remarkably dignified response after Belgium being dumped them of the World Cup with a goal scored at the death.<p>The Samurai Blue let slip a two-goal lead as Belgium scored three second-half goals to reach the quarter-finals of the …

Soccer

Liberté, égalité, fraternité: France’s World Cup team is the antithesis of right-wing populism

Like their 1998 counterparts, the French squad at the 2018 World Cup is representation of a diverse society. Their unity might not reflect reality …

Soccer

Futsal, Family, Friends: The Making of Brazil's Creative King Philippe Coutinho

An hour of punching numbers into the phone soon turns into a morning, then quickly the day.<p>It's in regards to Philippe Coutinho—the person rather than the player, as we already knew so much about the latter. That he's the nine-figure man after his £105 million move to Barcelona that could rise to …

Soccer

Forget Santorini, Check Out Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia

Tourists by the thousands flock to Santorini for the classic pic of whitewashed houses with blue trim and bougainvillea, but an overlooked town in …

North Africa

How Kylian Mbappe, France's teenage sensation, tore Argentina apart

The weakness that France had spotted in Argentina’s defensive high-line will have been no surprise to those who have seen the ball played in behind Nicolas Otamendi or Marcos Rojo in the Premier League, and when either is forced to chase back towards his own goal.<p>The difference this time was that …

Soccer

The racist myth of the 'physical' African football team

Racist tropes continue to dominate white commentary of global football events.<p>I love listening to white men, especially old white men, talk about black athletes during major global sporting events. I have been following the kind of language white pundits use during FIFA World Cups and Olympic Games …

Soccer

Mexico, South Korea, and the best phenomenon in international soccer

Tonight, all Koreans are honorary Mexicans.<p>Mexico stunk on Wednesday. They got whooped by Sweden, 3-0. But that wasn’t the dramatic part of the day at all. No, the drama for Mexico fans came from watching another game: Germany vs. South Korea.<p>Once Mexico went down by two goals, their eyes shifted …

South Korea

What the hell was that, Germany?

Germany were always going to come back, until they weren’t.<p>Never write off the Germans. It is an instinct, a cringing reflex, hardwired into every soccer fan. <i>Never write off the Germans.</i> Which is why, after their loss to Mexico in their opening game, we all just assumed they’d sort themselves out. …

Soccer

The world on a plate: the diverse kitchens of Queens, New York

I’m waiting for what will turn out to be the most impressive sandwich I’ve had in recent memory. In the small dining room in the back of Beky’s Bakery, owner Roberta Torres sits at the head of the table, as her family eats breakfast around her. She wears her trademark Frieda Kahlo apron and keeps …

Farm-to-table

Belgium have the squad, Spain the swagger – but who will win in Russia?

1) Argentina – 10-1<p>How do you build a team around a player without being reliant on him? The tightrope that Jorge Sampaoli has to tread with Lionel Messi is made of a spider’s silk but if he manages to strike the right balance this could be Argentina’s time. It is 32 years since they won the World …

Soccer

Inside Macallan's new, one-of-a-kind, £140 million subterranean distillery

Imagine a single-malt distillery and you’ll most likely conjure up somewhere nestled in a lush green glen, with a tall pagoda roof slowly bellowing peat smoke into the air, while casks lie around, awaiting clear spirit that will slowly mature into whisky.<p>This image is typical of the many …