IHF finds over 1,350 junk food adverts went out during World Cup knock-out stages

There are calls for junk food ads to be banned on TV before 9pm.

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France celebrate in Paris after World Cup win in Russia

Paris turned out in force to welcome home the nation’s World Cup heroes.

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Croatia return home to a rapturous welcome

Zlatko Dalic’s men lost 4-2 to France in Sunday’s World Cup final.

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Olivier Giroud ‘privileged’ to be part of French team and to silence critics

The Chelsea striker failed to score in the tournament but played his part as France lifted the World Cup.

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World Cup final protesters get 15 days in jail

They were also banned from attending sports events for three years.

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France en fete as fans salute heroics of Les Bleus

Hundreds of thousands of ecstatic French fans celebrated the return of their World Cup winning football team yesterday, jumping and chanting “We are the champions” as their bus paraded down the Champs Elysees before a special presidential reception.

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French World Cup winners receive rapturous welcome home

Les Bleus will show off the trophy won in Russia to tens of thousands of people in Paris.

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Golden Boot winner Harry Kane out to start Premier League season with a bang

The Tottenham striker wants to finally find the net in August.

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From Russia with love – the World Cup crackers

Some clashes from Russia 2018 will live long in the memory.

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British Government ready to discuss bid to host 2030 football World Cup

An England or UK-wide bid to bring football ‘home’ would face competition from South America and north Africa.

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Victorious France squad arrive in Paris ahead of World Cup celebrations

Les Bleus won the World Cup for a second time on Sunday.

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France’s World Cup domination extends to Fifa 18

Stats from Fifa 18 maker EA Sports show Les Bleus have been winning trophies in the virtual world as well as on the pitch.

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Memorable World Cup goals – five of the best from Russia 2018

Stand-out strikes at this summer’s World Cup.

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Tens of thousands hail Croatia’s return from World Cup heroics

There were euphoric scenes as crowds applauded the team’s efforts in reaching the final in Moscow.

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Here are some of the most wholesome moments from the World Cup

The World Cup is over again for another four years and we've had the absolute craic.

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How papers across the globe covered France’s World Cup victory

Les Bleus won their second World Cup on Sunday.

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A look at how VAR the new system has come

Technology played its part at Russia 2018.

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What became of the World Cup’s award-winning young players?

Kylian Mbappe was the standout young performer in Russia.

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We were better team, but penalty decision ‘killed’ us, admits Modric

Antoine Griezmann converted the controversial spot-kick to give France a half-time lead.

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Mandzukic and Griezmann provide fitting end to record-breaking World Cup

There were unprecedented numbers of penalties and own goals in Russia, as well as late goals.

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Missing the World Cup already? A guide to the 2022 finals in Qatar

Qatar will host the next World Cup, which will be played from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

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Pele v Kylian Mbappe: Tale of the tape

A look at the early career progression of Pele and Mbappe.

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France ‘didn’t play football’ in World Cup final win, says Lovren

Lovren’s criticism of Les Bleus follows similar comments from Belgium after the semi-final.

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World Cup triumph afterglow raises French spirits

Thousands of people are expected to welcome the national football side home after their triumph in Russia.

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Croatia gears up to give heroes’ welcome to World Cup team

The national side lost 4-2 to France in the final in Moscow, but the team’s progress thrilled the country.

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Unbelievable Jeff! Lucky punter correctly guesses World Cup final scoreboard

One Paddy Power customer is €10,000 richer today after successfully predicting France v Croatia ’s half-time and full-time scores in the World Cup final.

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World Cup highs and lows: From Mbappe to Lopetegui and everything in between

After 64 games, the 2018 World Cup in Russia has come to an end.

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Pussy Riot members charged over World Cup final pitch invasion

Three men and a woman dressed in police uniforms interrupted the match on Sunday.

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When it comes to the World Cup, you can’t polish a third

And then there was one. Well, two actually, but the World Cup third-place play-off is definitely one of those nominally competitive fixtures which presents a fairly robust challenge to my old friend Declan Lynch’s wise maxim that there’s never a good reason not to watch a football match.

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Battle of tiny giants crowns best World Cup since 1970

My first World Cup memories go back to 1966 when I would have been 10 and at a stage in my childhood where I was really becoming obsessed with football.

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Finding ways to cope when football comes home

It was an age of innocence that seems a long time ago now; those perfect summer days when we could take a moment every few hours to ask ourselves whether or not this has been a great World Cup, maybe even the greatest World Cup.

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Dark horses are fine, but time for France to apply some gloss

What this World Cup could really do with is a team to capture the imagination, says Brendan O’Brien.

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VAR is changing how we play the game

Last week, the head of Fifa’s referee committee, Pierluigi Collina claimed that 99.3% of “match-changing” decisions have been, thanks to the newly introduced Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, called correctly at the World Cup.

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So, would you let your kid wear an England jersey?

“Dad, I’m cheering for England in the World Cup!”

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Football shirts in vogue for fashion victims

If you have had enough of the World Cup, fear not. Here I am, as always, to help you out. Or to sharpen your dress sense, at least.

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England must seize the day, says Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate has told England’s players to play without fear and grab their chance against Belgium as they may only get one shot at the World Cup.

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World Cup Diary: Pogba takes aim at boo-boys after draw of convenience

Paul Pogba has hit back at spectators who booed France and Denmark players before, during and after the first goalless draw of the World Cup on Tuesday.

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Jorge Sampaoli puts focus on Messi in bid for salvation

It never ends well when players and manager fall out, especially so at the biggest sporting event on Earth.

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Our brand of World Cup fever would be alien to Croatians

For those bemoaning the absence of Ireland from a World Cup gradually catching fire, the ascent of Croatia is a reminder of how a country of similar size doesn’t haven’t to fall back on excuses.

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Danish coach prompts furious Deschamps response

Denmark coach Age Hareide’s withering assessment of opponents France last month has added “salt, pepper and vinegar” to their World Cup match today, his counterpart Didier Deschamps said.

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Can German dead frogs turn into princes?

Chris Hatherall previews Wednesday’s World Cup action as the tournamnet heats up.

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World Cup preview: Can Iceland thunder past Messi's date with destiny as Group D concludes?

Chris Hatherall looks ahead to today’s World Cup action as eight teams go into Day 13 looking to finish the group stage on a high.

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Foreign language saves idiotic football punditry

They’ll need to score if they want to win. That would have been a goal if it had gone in the net. To win a game, you can’t lose. They’ll want their best players on. At the end of the day. Make no mistake, mistakes will be made.

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Time to be less ABE and more Lincoln in World Cup

The Anyone-But-England brigade will be up bright and early tomorrow, whistling a merry tune and flexing the brims of their Panama hats.

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Argentina coach: ‘Stop comparing Messi and Maradona’

Argentina’s coach has urged fans to stop blaming Lionel Messi when games do not go to script and instead appreciate all their captain has done for the national side over the years.

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World Cup Diary: FAI silent on Blatter’s call for ‘Ireland & GB’ World Cup in 2030

The FAI were making no comment yesterday on Sepp Blatter’s suggestion that the UK and Ireland could jointly host the 2030 World Cup.

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Germans turn on ‘dead frog’ Mesut Ozil

It seems churlish to use the word ‘crisis’ after only one defeat but Germany’s World Cup defence is looking increasingly nervous as criticism of Mesut Ozil reached abusive levels yesterday and players had to rebut reports of cliques and disunity in the camp.

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Women working hard for a place on the punditry sofa

There was a time when a woman’s place on TV coverage of the World Cup was restricted to leering crowd shots of female fans.

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Brazil sweating on Neymar injury ahead of Switzerland clash

Brazil, already anxious and nervous after drawing their opening game against Switzerland, were given an almighty scare yesterday when Neymar limped off the training field with an ankle injury.

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Morocco coach Herve Renard: There’s no masterplan to stop Ronaldo

Even the best laid plans to limit the influence of Cristiano Ronaldo might not be enough for Morocco when they come up against Portugal at the World Cup in Moscow, coach Herve Renard said on the eve of the Group B game.

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Harry Kane: I’ll challenge Ronaldo and Messi as the world’s best

Harry Kane is setting his sights on challenging Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the title of best player on the planet.

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Russian Spy: Rossies edged by Galway but get the better of Germany

Germany weren’t just shocked by Mexico on Sunday, they were just pipped by Galway too. And Roscommon.

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Senegal’s Aliou Cisse wants more black coaches

Senegal will draw on the spirit of the late Bruno Metsu, the maverick French coach who led them to the 2002 quarter-finals, when they face Poland today in their first World Cup match in 16 years.

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Is this the set-piece World Cup?

The possession football championed by coaches like Pep Guardiola is supposed to produce aesthetically-pleasing goals. Against strong defences and world-class goalkeepers, sometimes you need to go back to basics.

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Egypt boss Cuper keeps Russia guessing over Salah fitness

Egypt boss Hector Cuper has kept Russia guessing over whether or not he will be able to unleash “one of the best players in the world” on them in St Petersburg tonight.

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Messi suffocated by love and fantasy

Argentina 1 Iceland 1: The interval was almost upon us at Spartak Stadium and Jorge Sampaoli’s stress levels had long since moved beyond critical. That’s actually where they started.

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Panama admit problem with ‘scoring the goals’

Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez isn’t in the business of sugarcoating the truth before his team makes history by playing in its first World Cup.

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Switzerland's Zuber spoils the party for wasteful Brazil

Brazil 1 Switzerland 1: Steven Zuber denied Brazil victory in their opening game of the World Cup last night, as Switzerland fought back to snatch a famous 1-1 Group E draw in Rostov-on-Don.

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Southgate won’t load England players with info

Gareth Southgate believes England’s players are as prepared, focused and ready as they can be for their eagerly anticipated World Cup opener against Tunisia.

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Mexican quake rocks Germany's foundations

Germany 0 Mexico 1: Back in Mexico City their exploits caused what was defined as an ‘artificial earthquake’. Here in Moscow the very real aftershocks will be felt for days and potentially weeks to come.

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