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  • From nightclub bouncer to World Cup final referee

    From nightclub bouncer to World Cup final referee

    Argentine Nestor Pitana's roundabout route to becoming a World Cup final referee has taken in work as a film extra and as a security guard at a disco as well as a spell playing basketball at regional level. The 43-year-old from the small...

  • Reputations burnished, others buffeted at "best World Cup ever"

    Reputations burnished, others buffeted at "best World Cup ever"

    A stage for new beginnings, a cementer of fortunes, a last resting place for life-long dreams, the 2018 soccer World Cup was so much more than a month-long festival of goals and glory. "The best World Cup ever," was FIFA President Gianni...

  • Watch: Schillaci in Malta, backs Croatia for World Cup glory

    Watch: Schillaci in Malta, backs Croatia for World Cup glory

    Salvatore Schillaci sees Croatia as a worthy World Cup winner as they meet France in Sunday's final in Moscow. "At the start of the tournament, I predicted that Croatia would go all the way and clinch the title, and now they are in the final," the...

  • England not a top five team yet says Southgate

    England not a top five team yet says Southgate

    England could finish third in the World Cup with a victory over Belgium in Saturday's playoff but manager Gareth Southgate believes they are not yet amongst the elite teams in international football. England are currently ranked joint 12th in the...

  • VAR means the end of offside goals, FIFA boss says

    VAR means the end of offside goals, FIFA boss says

    Goals scored from offside positions will be a thing of the past, at least in competitions where video assistant referees (VARs) are used, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Friday as he hailed the success of the technology at the World Cup in...

  • Watch: Croatia firemen miss crucial penalty as duty calls

    Watch: Croatia firemen miss crucial penalty as duty calls

    The Zagreb Fire Department has released a video showing the moment firemen were called out to an emergency, just seconds before Ivan Rakitic’s match-winning penalty that sent Croatia through to the World Cup semi-finals against England. Opponents...

  • Belgium better than England says Meunier as they battle for bronze

    Belgium better than England says Meunier as they battle for bronze

    Belgium are a better team than England and to finish third at the World Cup is a minimum for their squad, full back Thomas Meunier said on Thursday. The two countries meet in the third place playoff in St Petersburg on Saturday and the defender is...

  • Kane challenges England to target European glory

    Kane challenges England to target European glory

    Harry Kane has challenged England to ensure their World Cup adventure does not go down as a once-in-a-generation experience. Kane became just the third man to captain England in a global semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday night, following in the...

  • Watch: England players tried sneaky tactic after Croatia's goal

    Watch: England players tried sneaky tactic after Croatia's goal

    England tried to use a sneaky tactic after conceding a second goal in their World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia. With Croatia's players celebrating after Mario Mandzukic's goal, England's Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard thought they had...

  • Croatia cabinet meets in soccer team jerseys

    Croatia cabinet meets in soccer team jerseys

    Croatia's cabinet ministers held a session dressed in the red and white checkered jerseys of the national soccer team on Thursday to celebrate the country's victory in a World Cup semi-final. Croatia beat England 2-1 in Moscow on Wednesday to...

  • Croatia celebrated 2nd goal... on top of photographer

    Croatia celebrated 2nd goal... on top of photographer

    When Croatia scored the goal that took them into the World Cup final on Wednesday, an AFP photographer unwittingly became part of the celebrations as he was buried under a pile of joyous players. After Mario Mandzukic scored in extra-time to give...

  • Watch: English media understimated us, says Modric

    Watch: English media understimated us, says Modric

    Luka Modric issued a withering rebuke to English journalists and pundits who had "underestimated" Croatia after his team's World Cup semi-final victory over the Three Lions. The skipper said detractors "should be more humble" and show greater...

  • England players share pain with fans online

    England players share pain with fans online

    England players were quick to share their pain on social media after Wednesday night's heartbreaking World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia. Kieran Trippier's early free-kick put the Three Lions in the driving seat in Moscow, but Ivan Perisic...

  • Watch: England fans left devastated after semi-final defeat

    Watch: England fans left devastated after semi-final defeat

    England suffered World Cup heartbreak as Mario Mandzukic's goal condemned the Three Lions to a heart-breaking 2-1 extra-time defeat to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final in Moscow. The Croatians will now face France in Sunday's World Cup final...

  • Watch: Croatia knock out England to reach first World Cup final

    Watch: Croatia knock out England to reach first World Cup final

    Croatia reached the World Cup final for the first time after an extra-time goal from Mario Mandzukic gave them a 2-1 win over England in their semi-final on Wednesday. Croatia took control after halftime and hit back when Perisic got in front...

  • Watch: For 20 years football wasn't coming home for England boss Southgate

    Watch: For 20 years football wasn't coming home for England boss Southgate

    It's the unmistakeable refrain being sung, hummed and whistled wherever English football fans have gathered for the last couple of weeks, but for two decades "Three Lions" was the source of nothing but pain for England manager Gareth...

  • Watch: From a Charlton masterclass to a tale of penalty heartaches

    Watch: From a Charlton masterclass to a tale of penalty heartaches

    England face Croatia on Wednesday looking for the win that will take them into their first World Cup final since 1966. The Three Lions have only ever progressed to the semi-finals* of a major tournament three times previously. Here, Press...

  • Watch: Umtiti keen to banish memory of Euro 2016 by winning World Cup

    Watch: Umtiti keen to banish memory of Euro 2016 by winning World Cup

    Match-winner Samuel Umtiti is targeting World Cup glory as he attempts to erase the memory of his Euro 2016 heartache. The Barcelona defender headed France to a 1-0 semi-final victory over Belgium in St Petersburg and into Sunday's showdown with...

  • Watch: France fans delighted as Les Bleus reach final

    Watch: France fans delighted as Les Bleus reach final

    Twenty years after clinching their last FIFA World Cup final on home soil, France are dreaming of emulating that success after they defeated Belgium 1-0 to reach the 2018 World Cup final. Samuel Umtiti's header on 51 minutes was enough to see the...

  • Watch: Umtiti header sends France past Belgium and into World Cup final

    Watch: Umtiti header sends France past Belgium and into World Cup final

    France beat Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday to book a place in the World Cup final against either England or Croatia, thanks to a headed goal from defender Samuel Umtiti in the 51st minute. In a pulsating semi-final worthy of the teams' reputations, Umtiti...