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Maradona named chairman of Belarus club

Argentine footballing legend Diego Maradona has been named the chairman of Belarus football club Dynamo Brest.

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Ronaldo targets Champions League glory at new club Juventus

Juventus will be looking forward to win their first UEFA Champions League in two decades after completing the signing of Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo.

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France gives World Cup winners a heroes’ welcome home

The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes’ welcome on Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country’s newest idols. After overcoming a determined Croatia to win 4-2 in Sunday’s final in Russia, the team came back to euphoric crowds in Paris…

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Macron cheers from the stands, then ‘dabs’ in the changing room

Macron, who used to play left-back in university football teams, had met the squad before they left for the competition

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France win FIFA World Cup in thrilling final with Croatia

France won the World Cup for the second time by ending battling Croatia’s dream of a first title with a 4-2 victory on Sunday in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades. France led 2-1 at halftime after a Mario Mandzukic own goal and an Antoine Griezmann VAR penalty, with Ivan Perisic…

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How France qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2018 final

Here is France’s road to final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 final against Croatia.

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Belgium beat England to secure third place in FIFA World Cup 2018

Belgium hammered England 2-0 at Luzhniki Stadium on Saturday to finish at third place in the FIFA World Cup 2018.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 ball designer honored in ceremony

Masood Akhtar, the designer of the official FIFA World Cup 2018 ball Telstar, was honored in a ceremony organized at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce.

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Five teenage footballers drown in Bangladesh

Five teenage footballers drowned in a Bangladesh river after playing an exhibition match against supporters of Argentina and Brazil.

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France and Croatia seek World Cup glory

France will play Croatia in the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

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France holds breath as football brings nation together

French fans dared to dream of a World Cup victory on Sunday as they prepared to watch the game on a sunny summer weekend after a tournament that has lifted spirits and led to a rare sense of national unity. Football fever has slowly built over the last four weeks as the country took its…

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Belgium beat England 2-0 in World Cup third-place playoff

Belgium achieved their best World Cup finish as goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard secured a 2-0 victory over England in Saturday’s third-place playoff in Saint Petersburg. Meunier, who missed the semi-final loss to France due to suspension, scored after just four minutes before Hazard grabbed a late second as Belgium eclipsed the side…

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‘Maybe England lacked respect’, says Croatia coach

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic admits his team were spurred on by what they saw as a lack of respect towards them in the English media as they won 2-1 in Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final. “We always respect our opponents and expect them to respect us back,” Dalic told reporters in Moscow on Thursday. “Maybe England…

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Headscarved Malaysian girl wows with freestyle football skills

The slick freestyle football moves of a Malaysian Muslim girl have boosted her into the spotlight in a country where the sport is dominated by men. Sporting a headscarf, Qhouirunnisa’ Endang Wahyudi executed deft moves, juggling the ball before balancing it on her soles and later on her forehead. “The headscarf is not an obstacle,”…

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Mandzukic sends Croatia into first World Cup final

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute as Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday and reach their first World Cup final, where they will face France on Sunday, and send the Balkan nation into raptures. England, appearing in their first semi-final since 1990, had looked on course for…

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All 12 boys and coach rescued from Thai cave

The final five members of a young football team were rescued from a flooded Thai cave on Tuesday after spending 18 harrowing days trapped deep inside, completing an astonishing against-the-odds rescue mission that captivated the world. Elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs extracted the final batch of four boys, plus the 25-year-old coach, on…

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Umtiti header sends France into World Cup final

Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header sent an impressive France into the World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Belgium in an absorbing first semi-final on Tuesday. Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home…

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Ronaldo ends nine-year Madrid reign, joins Juventus

Real Madrid on Tuesday announced the transfer of modern great Cristiano Ronaldo to Italian champions Juventus, with the Portuguese superstar saying the time had come “for a new stage” in his life. Spanish media reports said the move could cost Juventus 105 million euros ($120 million), with Ronaldo signing a four-year contract worth 30 million…

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Former Barca coach Enrique tasked with reviving Spain

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was appointed Spain’s new coach on Monday after previous incumbent Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup in what turned out to be a disappointing campaign. “Luis Enrique’s appointment as coach for the next two years was approved unanimously,” Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish football…

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Wimbledon won’t budge on World Cup final clash

Wimbledon chiefs insisted again Monday that the men’s final will start at its traditional time despite it clashing with a potential England World Cup triumph. The All England Club has come under increasing pressure to rethink its 2pm (1300GMT) start time for Sunday’s men’s singles final with the football showpiece in Moscow kicking off at…

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PFF under fire for ignoring football in Pakistan

The country’s football fraternity has criticised the Pakistan Football Federation for ignoring the game and talent in the country. Former international FIFA referee Ahmed Jan, in an interview with APP, said football talent cannot flourish in the country until political meddling is not stopped. “Incumbent PFF President Faisal Saleh Hayat has been leading the PFF…

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