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#FIFA World Cup

# fifa-world-cup - Yesterday’s News

Spain sent me World Cup SOS, claims Benitez

The Newcastle manager says there was ‘a chance’ he could have replaced Julen Lopetegui.

# fifa-world-cup - Tuesday 17 July, 2018

Iceland manager steps down after World Cup and Euro 2016 successes

Having led the small nation to their first two major tournaments, Heimir Hallgrimsson has decided to resign.

# fifa-world-cup - Monday 16 July, 2018

'Putin one of the greatest' - UFC star McGregor praises Russia president after World Cup final

The Dubliner was invited to the Moscow showpiece by Vladimir Putin as France defeated Croatia 4-2 on Sunday.

# fifa-world-cup - Sunday 15 July, 2018

Argentina sack manager Sampaoli following chaotic World Cup campaign

Jorge Sampaoli has paid the price for a poor World Cup, with Argentina announcing his departure on Sunday.

World Cup winner Giroud ends tournament without a shot on target after 546 minutes

Olivier Giroud’s poor World Cup in front of goal continued in France’s 4-2 win against Croatia.

As it happened: France vs Croatia, World Cup final Liveblog This post contains a poll

As it happened: France vs Croatia, World Cup final

We went minute-by-minute as France and Croatia battled it out in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium for world football’s highest honour.

'You know my preferred destination': Hazard drops Real Madrid hint

Having starred for Belgium at the World Cup, the playmaker has suggested it might be time to ‘discover something different’.

# fifa-world-cup - Saturday 14 July, 2018

As it happened: Belgium vs England, World Cup third place play-off

We went minute-by-minute as Belgium and England battled in Saint Petersburg vying for bronze.

Southgate: Croatia defeat will live with me forever

He took England to just their third World Cup semi-final, but the Three Lions boss is haunted by his side’s loss to Croatia.

How refugee Modric rose to rule Russia 2018

From war-torn Zadar to the World Cup final, Luka Modric has turned making the difficult look easy into a habit of a lifetime.

# fifa-world-cup - Friday 13 July, 2018

'They've done an awful lot better than I've ever done' - Gerrard lauds Southgate's England

The Rangers boss hopes the current Three Lions team is on the verge of something big.

Fifa confirms no positive World Cup doping tests, starts investigation into England chants

The governing body has confirmed that all doping tests from the tournament have come back negative.

'I don't understand why you should criticise the people of your own country'

Kevin De Bruyne wants the media to give Raheem Sterling ‘the love he deserves’ following his World Cup performances.

# fifa-world-cup - Thursday 12 July, 2018

Chelsea's Cahill to discuss England future with Southgate after limited game time at World Cup

Gary Cahill made just one appearance at the World Cup with England exiting at the semi-final stage.

‘People should recognise that I’m one of the world’s best’ – Lovren

The Liverpool defender does not think he gets the recognition he deserves, while he has backed team-mate Luka Modric to win the Ballon d’Or.

# fifa-world-cup - Wednesday 11 July, 2018

As it happened: England v Croatia, World Cup semi-final Liveblog This post contains a poll

As it happened: England v Croatia, World Cup semi-final

Could Gareth Southgate’s side book their place in Sunday’s final? We followed all the action from Moscow.

Luis Enrique excited by Spain challenge but 'will not change' for critics

The former Barcelona coach was appointed to the Spain job following a disastrous World Cup campaign.

# fifa-world-cup - Tuesday 10 July, 2018

Martinez hails 'magnificent' Belgium effort despite World Cup semi-final exit

Despite a header from Samuel Umtiti sending France into the final, the Red Devils boss was happy with his team’s performance

As it happened: France vs Belgium, World Cup semi-final Liveblog This post contains a poll

As it happened: France vs Belgium, World Cup semi-final

We went minute-by-minute as France and Belgium clashed in in Saint Petersburg for a place in the World Cup final.

Here are all of the contenders in The42's Best World Cup Goals bracket

Help us to crown The42′s favourite World Cup goal. Here are the the eight contenders in all their glory.

Luis Enrique the right choice for Spain — Michel Salgado

Former Spain international Michel Salgado believes the appointment of Luis Enrique as the new national team coach is the right decision.

After keeping Messi quiet, Deschamps backs Kante to shut down Hazard

The France coach believes that the Chelsea midfielder has had an excellent tournament to date and is “essential” to his plans.

# fifa-world-cup - Monday 9 July, 2018

Croatia sack former international over Vida's 'pro-Ukraine' video

The pair came under scrutiny after releasing what was construed as a politically motivated message across social media

'It might never come around again': Stones embracing World Cup final chance

John Stones is not ready for his World Cup dream to be over as he targets a first England final since 1966.

'I'm not concerned - we stopped Messi and Eriksen, and we'll try do the same with Kane'

Croatia are braced for Gareth Southgate’s England.

# fifa-world-cup - Sunday 8 July, 2018

Brazil Football Federation condemns online racial abuse towards Fernandinho

The Man City player has been targeted following Brazil’s World Cup exit.

Croatia star Vida could be in hot water over allegations of anti-Russian comments

The defender appeared in a social media video after last night’s World Cup quarter-final win over Russia.

Fernando Hierro quits Spain role after World Cup disappointment

He stepped up to become interim coach after Julen Lopetegui was sensationally sacked before the World Cup

'Pickford is the prototype of what a modern goalkeeper should be'

The England goalkeeper made a trio of brilliant saves in their 2-0 quarter-final defeat of Sweden yesterday.

Russia's most-capped player of all time retires following World Cup exit

Ignashevich played in all five of Russia’s matches and scored in their two penalty shootouts.

# fifa-world-cup - Saturday 7 July, 2018

As it happened: Russia v Croatia, World Cup quarter-final

Russia took on Croatia for a place in the last four of the competition.

As it happened: Sweden vs England, World Cup quarter-final

We went minute-by-minute as England and Sweden clashed at the Samara Arena for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

'We don't turn up and waltz around': Southgate snaps back at England 'spoilt children' claims

Having been branded as “spoilt children” by their opponents, the England manager has moved to reject such criticism.

'Brazil didn't know what to do': De Bruyne hails 'beautiful' Belgium

Roberto Martinez’s side are into a World Cup semi-final.

# fifa-world-cup - Friday 6 July, 2018

As it happened: Brazil v Belgium, World Cup quarter-final Minute-by-Minute This post contains a poll

As it happened: Brazil v Belgium, World Cup quarter-final

Belgium and Brazil battled it out for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

France through to World Cup semi-finals as Uruguay keeper Muslera commits howler

Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann were on the scoresheet for Les Bleus in Nizhny Novgorod.

As it happened: Uruguay v France, World Cup quarter-final Liveblog This post contains a poll

As it happened: Uruguay v France, World Cup quarter-final

The first of the quarter-finals was down for decision, as Uruguay and France went head-to-head at the Nizhny Novgorod Arena.

Manchester City defender ruled out of the remainder of Brazil's World Cup campaign

An ankle injury will see Danilo miss the rest of the tournament in Russia, it has been confirmed.

Injury-stricken Jamie Vardy the only doubt as England prepare for Sweden

As of now, it looks like he’ll miss their World Cup quarter-final.

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