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FIFA awards Golden Ball, Young Player, Golden Boot

FIFA has named several award winners for the 2018 World Cup, with top honors going to one of the runners-up (again).<p>Despite the loss, Croatia’s Luka …

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Three things we learned: France v Croatia

France beat Croatia in the 2018 World Cup as a six-goal thriller yielded plenty of controversial and memorable moments.<p><b>[ RECAP: France win World Cup ]</b><p>…

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World Cup 2018: Harry Kane's name booed as he is announced as Golden Boot winner after final

Harry Kane's name was jeered inside the Luzhniki Stadium as the England captain was named as the winner of the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot award.<p>Five …

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Watch: Luka Modric reacts to winning World Cup Golden Ball award

It was France’s moment on Sunday, as Les Blues cruised to a 4-1 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final.But it’s still important not to overlook …

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PHOTOS: All the highs, lows and weird of the World Cup Final

Croatia's 4.3 million came in hopes of a first title<p>USA TODAY NETWORK Witters Sport<p>France's Kylian Mbappé becomes first teen since Pele to score<p>USA …

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Photos: Meet The Wife Of Croatia Star Luka Modric

If Luka Modric wasn’t a household name before the 2018 World Cup, he certainly is now. Few players have had a better 2018 World Cup in Russia. There …

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Photos: France wins World Cup 4-2 over Croatia

Croatia's Luka Modric prepares to kick the ball during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki …

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Soccer: Pride and tears for Croatians after World Cup final loss

MOSCOW/ZAGREB (Reuters) - After watching their soccer team lose 4-2 to France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday, some Croatians wept with sadness while others felt pride that their tiny nation had gone so far in the tournament.<p>When the final whistle blew fans who had gathered in Ban …

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Luka Modric wins Golden Ball at World Cup 2018, is he now the Ballon d'Or frontrunner?

After being named the best player at World Cup, is Luka Modric now the frontrunner for the Ballon d'Or?<p>Modric was key to Croatia's historic run to …

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France vs. Croatia: World Cup final highlights and recap

France face Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday, July 15. Here are all the highlights from the match.<p>France, winners of the World Cup on home …

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4 Reasons Why Croatia Are Likely to Win The FIFA World Cup Final

For the players who pushed their bodies to the limit to reach the World Cup final, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has an apt motto.<p>"Who dares, wins" — a …

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Luka Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball

His team came up short in the final, but Luka Modric deserved this award.<p>Despite a devastating loss in the World Cup final, Luka Modric has won the Golden Ball as the best player at the 2018 World Cup, and deservedly so.<p>He finished the World Cup with two goals and one assist, but those stats hardly …

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World Cup final player ratings: Griezmann, Pogba shine for France

It’ll be easy to argue that France’s opener changed the complexion of the match, which it did, but nonetheless, Les Bleus are world champions for the …

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Back to reality now for luckless Luka Modric and Croatia

The greatest days of a footballer’s career are subject to so many factors they cannot control - a team-mate’s mistake, a bad call from their manager, a referee seduced by a VAR review - but what is under their aegis is the style of their performance. Croatia lost a World Cup final, but at least …

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2018 World Cup: Picking A Best Eleven, Best Player (Modric Of Course) And Other Musings

The first eleven is selected in a 4-3-3 formation. The best eleven’s defense does not have a recognized left back but I could not bring myself to leave out of any of my top four picks. In order to have the three forwards I want, Antoine Griezmann will have to play as a withdrawn number 9.<p>The 2nd …

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Mbappe powers France to World Cup glory, Croatia reeling after VAR controversy

MOSCOW -- Three thoughts on France 4-2 Croatia as <i>Les Bleus</i> won their second World Cup.<p><b>1. Mbappe magic propels France to World Cup glory</b><p>Kylian Mbappe …

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French soccer fans cheer celebrated son of low-income Paris suburb

BONDY, France — They are known as “les bleus,” but now they are the champions.<p>As France’s national soccer team soared to victory in the 2018 World Cup, defeating Croatia, 4-2, the jubilation was palpable in staggering summer heat from the iconic Champs-Élysees boulevard in Paris to cafe terraces …

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As it happened: World Cup 2018 final

France face Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow. While 'Les Bleus' are targeting a second World Cup triumph, the 'Vatreni' have never made …

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Frances Beats Out Croatia In World Cup Final

After a month long of soccer mayhem, France is finally crowned the victors of the 2018 World Cup. Today in Moscow, the country beat out Croatia today …

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France and Atlantic City sportsbooks the big winners on Sunday

ATLANTIC CITY — A modest, yet spirited crowd showed up to the Borgata for the first major sporting event since sports betting was legalized in New …

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France seal second World Cup triumph with 4-2 win over brave Croatia

When the decisive blows arrived the entire squad piled on top of one another in the victory scrum. Hugo Lloris, the goalkeeper, had run the entire length of the pitch to join in the celebrations. All the substitutes were throwing themselves into this heap of arms and legs. There were even members …

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Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic: 'You don't give a penalty like that in a World Cup final'

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic made his opinion clear of the video-assisted penalty decision that allowed France to take the lead in Sunday's World Cup …

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World Cup 2018: Paul Pogba sings 'football's coming home' as France ace trolls England following final win

PAUL POGBA trolled England by singing "footballs coming home" as he celebrated with the World Cup trophy.<p>The iconic chant echoed around the country …

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Luka Modric: From refugee to leading Croatian national team | 2018 FIFA World Cup™

Luka Modric and others from the Croatian national team enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ final after a difficult upbringing in their one country.

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Here are the shocks, flops, stars and disappointments from Russia 2018

IT was the most unpredictable of World Cups, but that also made it one of the most thrilling.<p>European heavyweights Germany, Spain and Portugal made …

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Final a triumph in itself given Croatia's off-field turmoil

Croatia's run to the World Cup final was a sensational achievement given their regular brushes with turmoil, but the 4-2 defeat to France surely ends …

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World Cup Latest: France Prepares to Take on Croatia in Final

Moscow (AP) -- The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local):<p>4:30 p.m.<p>Thousands of fans have filled the historic Grand Place in Brussels to …

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World Cup final: France crowned world champion after 4-2 win over Croatia

<b>(CNN) —</b> There was to be no final, dramatic twist in a World Cup which has been full of joyous surprises and jaw-dropping late drama.<p>Twenty years after France won the first World Cup in its country's history, a youthful Les Bleus side beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow to win football's most prestigious …

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World Cup 100: Ranking the Top Players in Russia After the Final

The 2018 World Cup is now in the books. France won a thrilling final against Croatia on Sunday, lifting the trophy for the first time since 1998.<p>It's time to update our World Cup 100—a position-by-position ranking of the top-performing players in Russia—for the last time. With every match played, …

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