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BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on former France winger David Ginola to predict this weekend's Premier League results.
www.bbc.co.uk | 12/13/18
BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on former France winger David Ginola to predict this weekend's Premier League results.
www.bbc.co.uk | 12/13/18

Fox netted a strong showing for its coverage of the 2018 MLS Cup, which saw Atlanta United defeat the Portland Timbers on Saturday.

The match, which was played in front of a record Major League Soccer crowd of 73,019 at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, drew 1.56 million viewers, the most to watch any prior MLS Cup since 1997, according to Nielsen media research.

That’s viewership increase of 91 percent over last year’s match, which didn’t even crack 1 million viewers (819,000). On Fox Sports streaming sources, the match pulled in an average minute audience of 23,212, ranking as Fox Sports’ most streamed MLS event ever.

Also Read: Amazon Bids on Disney's 22 Regional Sports Networks Acquired From Fox (Report)

Fox has made a big bet on soccer in recent years, having aired its first Men’s World Cup this past summer from Russia, which struggled in the ratings without the United States’ failure to qualify for the tournament.

Fox drew 11.3 million TV viewers for its coverage of the championship, which saw France defeat Croatia 4-2. But that was down 20 percent from the 14.1 million that watched ABC’s coverage in 2014 of Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina. Those numbers include the pre- and post-match coverage, which can deflate the overall viewership. Leading up to the title match, Fox had been trending nearly 40 percent lower than 2014’s average viewership, so the final closed the gap a bit.

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www.thewrap.com | 12/12/18
For years, the magazine France Football has been doling out its Ballon d'Or award to the best men's soccer player in the world. For the first half of this decade, the Ballon d'Or (French for Golden Ball) became an official partnership with FIFA, soccer's international governing body, but FIFA has gone back to doing its…
www.stereogum.com | 12/4/18
After a long off-season to celebrate his Tour de France win, Geraint Thomas tells BBC Sport Wales about his preparations to defend his title.
www.bbc.co.uk | 12/3/18
Khabib Nurmagomedov was such a VIP at the Paris St-Germaine soccer game in France on Wednesday .... he sat IN FRONT of Leonardo DiCaprio and Mick Jagger! Check out the pic ... Leo and Mick -- trying to go incognito in baseball hats -- were spotted 1…

www.tmz.com | 11/28/18
Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas answers BBC Sport's Random Questions, telling us who he would take a on a dream bike ride and what his favourite Welsh word is.
www.bbc.co.uk | 11/8/18
Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas answers BBC Sport's Random Questions, telling us who he would take a on a dream bike ride and what his favourite Welsh word is.
www.bbc.co.uk | 11/8/18
A team of Afghan and Pakistani players hopes the sport, and their trophies, will help them gain acceptance and build new lives.
www.nytimes.com | 11/3/18
Paris Saint-Germain soccer star Marco Verratti -- one of the best midfielders in the world -- was arrested for drunk driving Tuesday night in France, the team has confirmed.  The 25-year-old's blood alcohol level was reportedly a .20 -- more…

www.tmz.com | 11/2/18
France’s men’s national team is the world champion, but current and former players say French soccer at the amateur level is marred by racism and discrimination.
www.nytimes.com | 10/15/18
BBC Sport looks at France's latest call-up Tanguy Ndombele, who could "become one of the best midfielders in the world".
www.bbc.co.uk | 10/4/18
UK Sport issues a list of international events Britain could bid for over the next two decades, including football and rugby World Cups and the start of all three cycling Grand Tours.
www.bbc.co.uk | 10/3/18
UK Sport issues a list of international events Britain could bid for over the next two decades, including football and rugby World Cups and the start of all three cycling Grand Tours.
www.bbc.co.uk | 10/3/18
Jonathan Rea reflects on securing a historic fourth consecutive World Superbike title triumph at Magny-Cours in France with BBC Sport NI's Thomas Kane.
www.bbc.co.uk | 9/30/18
Borna Coric won the decisive match for Croatia, which will face France with hopes of avenging a loss in the World Cup soccer final.
www.nytimes.com | 9/16/18

Tennis great Serena Williams was fined $17,000 following her controversial loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday at the U.S. Open final. The match was filled with boiling tension between Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who Williams called “a thief” after he accused her of cheating. Williams, 36, did not hold back when it came to verbally criticizing Ramos throughout the match, which ultimately cost her the game.

The match has sparked a conversation around sexism in tennis, and in interviews with reporters following the loss, Williams said she feels her male counterparts are often given more leniency when venting their frustrations at umpires. She has also long spoken about the apparent unfair treatment she is given in relation to the sport, such as being routinely drug tested more times than any other male or female player.

Williams has had her fair share of on-court spats through her career, including an $82,500 fine in 2009. A break down of her fine following the U.S. Open loss reveals she was docked $10,000 for verbally abusing the umpire, $4,000 for receiving a warning about coaching; and $3,000 for breaking a racket.

“When a woman is emotional, she’s ‘hysterical’ and she’s penalized for it,” tennis great Billy Jean King tweeted after the match. “When a man does the same, he’s ‘outspoken’ & there are no repercussions.”

Here are some of the biggest meltdowns of male tennis players and the fines (and, sometimes, the lack thereof) that were imposed.

Andy Murray

British tennis player Andy Murray kicked a ball toward an umpire’s head during the 2016 Cincinnati Masters in Ohio, and suffered no consequences for the action. One publication even lauded his actions, saying Murray had “showed off his football skills.”

Murray went on to win the match.

Jimmy Connors

Five-time champion Jimmy Connors enjoyed an astonishing run during the 1991 U.S. Open, having surpassed everyone’s expectations for the then 38-year-old. But his performance did not do much to mitigate his frustrations, as Connors unleashed a tirade at umpire David Littlefield, repeatedly calling him “an abortion” throughout one of his matches.

Despite the insults, Littlefield did not give the tennis star a penalty, and Connors went on to win the match.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer in the 2009 US Open Men's Final.
Curses multiple times at the chair umpire and tells him: "Don't f-cking talk to me." pic.twitter.com/hmiuGbrdNe

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At the 2009 U.S. Open men’s final, Roger Federer berated umpire Jake Garner, repeatedly telling him, “Don’t talk to me” and “Don’t tell me when to be quiet, okay? When I want to talk, I’ll talk.”

Federer was only fined $1,500.

Andre Agassi

Tennis great Andre Agassi called umpire Wayne McKewen a “son of a bitch” and spit on him during a second-round U.S. Open in 1991. Though McKewen accessed a penalty point for spitting, a supervisor rescinded it and sided with Agassi that the spitting was unintentional.

He was later fined $3,000.

John McEnroe 

McEnroe was infamous for his massive outbursts throughout his career. One of the largest fines he received came during the 1987 U.S. Open final, when he was given a massive $17,500 fine and two-month suspension for using profanity and criticizing calls.

Three years later during the 1990 Austrailian Open, McEnroe became the first player in Open history to be defaulted from a Grand Slam. He was fined $6,500 for smashing his racket and yelling at judges, and McEnroe could barely cough up anything resembling an apology after the match.

“I don’t feel good about it, but I can’t say that I’m totally surprised,” he told reporters then. ‘”If I’d known the rules, I would probably have still broken my racquet, but I probably wouldn’t have said what I said to the guy.”

Andy Roddick

American tennis player Andy Roddick was called for a foot fault during the U.S. Open in 2010. Roddick repeatedly ridiculed the lineswoman who called the fault, even though replays showed he did cross the line. Despite this, Roddick began to swear multiple times and questioned the quality of the officiating, according to the New York Times.

He was not penalized, and when the set was over, the lineswoman was replaced.

David Nalbandian

RELATED: Serena Williams Loses at U.S. Open, Lashes Out at Umpire Over Cheating Penalty: ‘You’re a Thief’

The Argentinian tennis player was fined a maximum penalty of $12,560 for unsportsmanlike conduct after he kicked a lineman’s box that broke apart and injured a judge’s chin during the AEGON Championships in 2012. Interestingly enough, Nalbandian was leading the match when the outburst occurred.

Because he was stripped of $57,350 of prize money, Nalbandian’s total fine totaled some $69,910.

Jeff Tarango

Then 26-year-old Jeff Tarango was fined $43,756 in total for “aggravated behavior and conduct contrary to the integrity of the game” following an outburst at Wimbledon in 1995. Tarango had berated the umpire, Bruno Rebeuh of France, throughout his match, and yelled “shut up” at the crowd who became impatient with his complaining. Tarango called Rebeuh “the most corrupt official in the game,” and following the match, his wife reportedly slapped Rebeuh twice in the face.

“ walked up behind me, pinched and twisted my arm and then slapped my face twice and said, ‘Anyway, I will see you again,’ ” Rebeuh said in a report after the match.

Tarango was also suspended from two Grand Slam tournaments.

people.com | 9/11/18
With four spaces left on the European Ryder Cup team, BBC Sport wants you to choose who gets a wildcard to face the US in France.
www.bbc.co.uk | 9/3/18
With four spaces left on the European Ryder Cup team, BBC Sport wants you to choose who gets a wildcard to face the US in France.
www.bbc.co.uk | 9/3/18
Team Sky rider Gianni Moscon is banned for five weeks by the sport's governing body, the UCI, after he tried to hit another rider during stage 15 of this year's Tour de France.
www.bbc.co.uk | 8/8/18
Samuel L. Jackson enjoyed a summer break from his hectic schedule as he stepped out in St Tropez, France on Tuesday

The close friends and family of British snowboarder Ellie Soutter are still trying to process her death, a week after she disappeared in the ski resort of Les Gets, France.

Soutter – who was recently selected to represent Team GB at the 2022 Winter Olympics – was found dead, deep in the woods last Wednesday, on her 18th birthday.

“Everyone is still in shock and can’t understand why it happened,” close friend Ryan Pelluchon, 22, tells PEOPLE. “We still — as a group — find it very hard to understand. It’s just devastating really.”

Authorities have yet to announce an official cause of Soutter’s death, but her father, Tony Soutter, 53, told the BBC that the intense pressures of elite sport, coupled with his daughter’s pre-existing mental health issues, may have contributed to her ending her life. “She wanted to be the best,” Tony told the BBC on Tuesday. “She didn’t want to let anybody down.”

Now, friends are struggling to make sense of Soutter’s sudden death.

Says Pelluchon, “The last people who saw her, left her and she was in a good mood. A few of her friends went out for her birthday at midnight, and then left her in her bed. Her dad said, ‘happy birthday’, left for work and that’s the last we heard.”

Soutter’s funeral is scheduled to take place in Les Gets on Thursday, followed by a private cremation. It is expected that hundreds of mourners will attend, following the huge outpouring of emotion since her death. Last Friday, Soutter’s tight-knit group of ski and snowboard buddies also commemorated her life in their own, very touching way.

“We had a big thing planned on Friday for her birthday, but we still went to the same place and let go of about 120 lanterns in the sky for her in the mountains,” says Pelluchon — who describes her dad, Tony, as being “very strong” during the tribute.

“He is as good as he can be,” he adds. “We’ve just got to be there for him now.”

Together with Soutter’s mother, Lorraine Denman, 50, Tony Soutter has launched a new GoFundMe campaign, to “continue fundraising under Ellie’s name for young winter athletes that need financial assistance to achieve their potential and dreams – in much the same way as Ellie” did.

“The fund that her dad has put together for British future athletes is, I think, very special,” says Pelluchon. “It’s great because Ellie always struggled a tiny bit. My father owns a restaurant here and we always did some fundraisers and stuff like that, which helped her a lot. So, I think that fund’s very important.”

In the meantime Soutter’s friends are planning another personal tribute for when the winter snow arrives in Les Gets later this year.

“We’re going to do a big ride for her,” adds Pelluchon. “We’ve spoken about it already.”

“Ellie was always smiling, always wanting to do stuff — but a completely different person when she was on a snowboard. Just how determined she was to follow you on a snowboard and how determined she was in life was pretty impressive.

“She would get in the zone. The Ellie we knew snowboarding was a bit different to the Ellie we knew without the helmet. Just way more determined to do everything as well as possible.”

Pelluchon continues, “Speaking one day to such a mature and wonderful person and not being able to speak to her the next … is what hurts the most.”

people.com | 7/31/18
Geraint Thomas speaks to BBC Sport about how his life has changed since his Tour de France win.
www.bbc.co.uk | 7/31/18
Geraint Thomas speaks to BBC Sport about how his life has changed since his Tour de France win.
www.bbc.co.uk | 7/31/18
Geraint Thomas tells BBC Sport he has to "pinch himself" after he became Britain's third winner of the Tour de France.
www.bbc.co.uk | 7/29/18
Geraint Thomas tells BBC Sport he has to "pinch himself" after he became Britain's third winner of the Tour de France.
www.bbc.co.uk | 7/29/18
So it was no surprise to see Farrah Abraham flaunting her fit figure in a barely-there ensemble at a World Cup party celebrating France 's win.
As Geraint Thomas prepares to celebrate becoming the first Welshman to win the Tour de France, BBC Sport Wales looks back over his career.
www.bbc.co.uk | 7/28/18
As Geraint Thomas prepares to celebrate becoming the first Welshman to win the Tour de France, BBC Sport Wales looks back over his career.
www.bbc.co.uk | 7/28/18
The notion that France owes its World Cup soccer triumph to Africa—given the African heritage of many of its players—has seeped into the rhetoric of public figures from Trevor Noah to Nicolás Maduro. France is not amused.
www.wsj.com | 7/20/18
The notion that France owes its World Cup soccer triumph to Africa—given the African heritage of many of its players—has seeped into the rhetoric of public figures from Trevor Noah to Nicolás Maduro. France is not amused.
www.wsj.com | 7/20/18
Chopra cantered to a win in France.
www.dnaindia.com | 7/18/18
The coaches and players who went on to lift the World Cup trophy for France will be shown up-close in a new documentary project for Amazon and French channel TF1. Superstar soccer players such as Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, plus their now-legendary coach, Didier Deschamps, were followed around by filmmakers who embedded themselves with […]
variety.com | 7/17/18
Four members of the punk band have each been sentenced to 15 days in jail after interrupting the soccer match between France and Croatia while dressed as police officials.
www.aceshowbiz.com | 7/17/18
Four members of the punk band have each been sentenced to 15 days in jail after interrupting the soccer match between France and Croatia while dressed as police officials.
www.aceshowbiz.com | 7/17/18

France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup Final was as sweet as a dessert crepe, though the match didn’t exactly net Fox’s TV ratings goal in the states.

Fox drew 11.3 million TV viewers for its coverage of Sunday’s final, which was down 20 percent from the 14.1 million that watched ABC’s coverage in 2014 of Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina. Those numbers include the pre- and post-match coverage, which can deflate the overall viewership.

On Sunday, Fox Sports brought in another 500,000 viewers via streaming, on average.

Four years ago, ABC pulled in 17.3 million during just the match time frame. Fox did not provide comparable figures.

Also Read: Pussy Riot Members Jailed, Charged for Storming Field During World Cup Final in Russia (Video)

An additional 9.2 million watched on Univision in 2014, bringing the total to 26.5 million viewers in America. Telemundo, who took over Spanish-language rights from Univision, did not have ratings for Sunday’s final at press time.

Though 11.3 million viewers is still a nice broadcast television audience haul in general — especially on a Sunday morning — none of this tournament went as well as the network would have hoped when Fox shelled out $425 million for the World Cup rights, outbidding incumbent ESPN.

Leading up to Sunday’s game, Fox had been trending nearly 40 percent lower than 2014’s average viewership, so the final closed the gap a bit.

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Fox was already facing a tall order to come anywhere close to the record soccer TV ratings that ESPN and ABC pulled in four years ago from Brazil. Brazil was just one hour ahead of the U.S. east coast, which meant most of those matches aired around primetime, whereas Russia was seven hours ahead. And when the United States failed to qualify for the tournament, it made things even worse.

The next World Cup in 2022 will be held from Middle East country Qatar, and moved to the winter to avoid the unbearably hot summer temperatures in the Gulf. But Fox did have one major celebration and it came before the tournament even started. The 2026 tournament, the last under Fox’s TV rights deal with FIFA, will be held in North America, with most of the matches emanating from the U.S.

All of this could have been worse, of course: Fox executives could be getting treated like members of Pussy Riot right now.

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Pussy Riot Claims Responsibility of On-Field Protest During World Cup Final

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www.thewrap.com | 7/17/18

Pamela Anderson is going for the gold!

The model, 51, was photographed holding the FIFA World Cup trophy after her French beau, Adil Rami, was part of the winning team that brought it home for France.

Anderson looked over the moon as she held the trophy while Rami, 32, smiled as he pointed at the Canadian model.

France won the World Cup against Croatia in a stunning victory on Sunday, taking the lead 4 to 2.

RELATED: France’s Youngest Soccer Star Is Reportedly Donating All of His World Cup Winnings to Charity

Anderson was frequently seen in Russian cheering on Rami as France advanced during the competition.

She sparked engagement rumors earlier this month after she was seen wearing a large ring that is estimated to be worth over $25,000 on her right hand while in the V.I.P. box during France’s game against Croatia.

The pair has reportedly been dating since May 2017 after meeting at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The actress also opened up about their relationship in February telling the Daily Mail that Rami “cares about me deeply.”

RELATED: France Beats Croatia in World Cup as Pussy Riot Takes Credit for Protesters Storming the Field

“We have a very healthy, simple wonderful life without all the bells and whistles,” she said. “We both have our children to try to squeeze into the equation, but he is amazing. He is a good guy, really a good guy.”

Rami, who was born on the island of Corsica to Moroccan parents, plays defense for Marseille and the French national team.

He’s nicknamed “Shrek” because he “eats voraciously and has been known, just occasionally, to belch. Loudly,” according to ESPN in 2011.

RELATED: Is Pamela Anderson Engaged? Actress Seen with Large Ring as She Supports Boyfriend at World Cup

The relationship comes after Anderson’s public support and ambiguous connection to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He remains holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where the actress was first spotted visiting him there in October 2016. She’s written about her numerous visits to him in several lengthy posts on her website.

Anderson has two adult sons from her tumultuous three-year marriage to rocker Tommy Lee, which ended in 1998.

people.com | 7/17/18
The France national soccer team wasted no time bringing their new World Cup trophy to their leader ... partying with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday!! Just a day after whooping Croatia in the final ... Hugo Lloris, Florian Thauvin…

www.tmz.com | 7/16/18
France’s triumph in the World Cup was powered by immigrants from the hardscrabble suburbs. It’s time for the Macron government to bring long-awaited economic opportunity to those neighborhoods.
www.nytimes.com | 7/16/18
The delirium expressed since the men’s soccer team captured the trophy has been a boost for supporters of multiculturalism.
www.nytimes.com | 7/16/18
The Latest on France celebrating team's World Cup victory (all times local): 8 p.m. France's victorious World Cup team has descended upon Paris' packed Champs-Elysees Avenue in an open bus with Alpha jets streaming the national colors overhead and wild cheers of joy ringing out.
www.foxnews.com | 7/16/18

Dwayne Johnson got his 2018 off to a huge start when “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” became Sony’s biggest hit in years with $961 million grossed worldwide. But he’s followed it with two straight box office underperformers: First New Line’s “Rampage” in April and now Universal’s “Skyscraper,” which opened this weekend to $25 million domestic and just $65 million worldwide from 57 countries.

With a $120 million budget before marketing costs, Universal and Legendary face an uphill battle toward profitability for this action film. (“Rampage” had the same reported budget and topped out under $100 million domestically — though it grossed an impressive $327 million overseas.”)

While audiences who did see “Skyscraper” were fairly positive with a B+ on CinemaScore, that’s below the A given to previous Johnson films like “Rampage” and “San Andreas,” meaning word-of-mouth is weaker.

What led to this disappointing result for Hollywood’s biggest box office star? There are several factors…

1. Weak pre-release buzz

“Skyscraper” may be the only major July release that isn’t attached to a pre-existing franchise, but the trailers failed to draw up any pre-release buzz for the film. In addition, critics said that outside of Johnson’s performance as an amputee former FBI agent trying to stop terrorists, there’s not much to separate the film from previous high-rise action thrillers like “Die Hard.”

Also Read: Dwayne Johnson's 'Improbable' Crane Jump in 'Skyscraper': 'We Did the Math,' Says Director

“‘Die Hard’ endures — and has spawned scores of imitators — because it had top-notch action, great characters (including one of the most charismatic villains in screen history), palpable suspense and a heroic story of one good guy facing insurmountable odds taking on a team of baddies,” said Detroit News’ Adam Graham. “Director John McTiernan brought it all to a steady boil with a kinetic, fluid sense of motion and delivered an action movie classic. All ‘Skyscraper’ has going for it is a tall building.”

That sense of “I’ve seen this before” can be poison to a film’s box office chances, especially when you’re facing…

2. Heavy competition

“Hotel Transylvania 3” probably didn’t cut all that much into “Skyscraper”‘s totals, considering Sony’s animated film caters mostly to out-of-school kids and their families. But “Skyscraper” was going up against a second-weekend “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which made $29 million this weekend, while June hits “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Incredibles 2” continue to endure at the box office with $16 million each.

All three franchise films have had better word-of-mouth than “Skyscraper” and ended up serving as major four-quadrant competition for the action film both in the U.S. and internationally. But those films weren’t the only entertainment options available this weekend.

Also Read: Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper' Performance Praised by Critics as Support for 'Silly' Movie

3. The World Cup Final

This is more for the film’s overseas launch than it is for its North American performance, but with Belgium and England competing in the third place match of the FIFA World Cup, and France and Croatia competing for the title this weekend, soccer was likely on the minds of many potential moviegoers.

Disney has held back the release date of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” in Western Europe until next weekend, while “Skyscraper” did not earn more than $5 million in any single overseas market. The film opened to $2.3 million in the U.K., while Korea was the top international market with $4.6 million. The film now turns to China, where Legendary East will handle distribution when it comes out next weekend.

Also Read: Dwayne Johnson Explains Why He Stopped Going by 'The Rock' for a While (Video)

4. Too much Dwayne?

It would be an overreaction to say that audiences are growing tired of Dwayne Johnson. The runaway success of “Jumanji” is proof of his box office draw in an era of franchises. But “Skyscraper” may have shown the limits of his drawing ability, and the fact that this is his fifth film in 14 months might have had something to do with it.

“Dwayne’s work ethic is second-to-none in this industry right now. The guy ensures that there’s no lack of his presence with ‘Ballers’ on TV and several films coming out each year,” said comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian.

“But as with any popular franchises or stars, there can be too much of a good thing. ‘Jumanji’ had a very long run in theaters to start off the year, and then Johnson was right back in theaters with ‘Rampage,'” Dergarabedian continued. “Audiences might have already gotten their fill of him for now, and the weaker reviews for ‘Skyscraper’ served as a sign for audiences that there’s no need to go right back to theaters for another round.”

After “Skyscraper,” Johnson will be absent from cinemas for about a year. But in July 2019, he will be back with Universal to release “Hobbs & Shaw,” a spin-off of his and Jason Statham’s “Fast & Furious” characters that will serve as the studio’s summer tentpole. Expect The Rock to get back to his money-making ways then.

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Dwayne Johnson's 'Improbable' Crane Jump in 'Skyscraper': 'We Did the Math,' Says Director

Dwayne Johnson: Feud With Tyrese Over 'Fast & Furious' Spinoff Is 'One-Sided'

Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper' Performance Praised by Critics as Support for 'Silly' Movie

www.thewrap.com | 7/16/18
France always felt out of place in Russia, winning with an air of cultivated detachment, as though it was competing in a completely different tournament.
www.nytimes.com | 7/16/18
France thrashes Croatia to win FIFA 2018 Your guide to the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia, all games, scores, scorers, tables. Here we present a one-click history of the tournament. Thank you Russia for a splendid World Cup, great organization, wonderful hospitality, amazing experiences and that great Russian embrace of friendship to all fans who came here to enjoy the FIFA World Cup finals. The onus was on sport, the focus was on sport and millions of people came together in Russia or around Russia on TV to celebrate together the beginning of Summer. Congratulations France for a deserved victory.
Jubilant French residents poured out in force on the streets Sunday in celebration of France’s World Cup triumph, which returned the champion’s trophy to France 20 years after its 1998 win. The French team, which beat Croatia by a score of 4-2, went into the tournament as an underdog but ramped up its game as […]
variety.com | 7/15/18
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.
www.dnaindia.com | 7/15/18
This one’s the big one. After a hard-fought tournament, it all comes to a close with the final battle featuring Croatia and France, the two best national soccer teams in the world. Still, the odds are against the underdog Croatian team. France is hellbent on earning its second World Cup crown in 20 years, while […]
variety.com | 7/15/18
Make like some of the world's best soccer players and dive into these photos of some of the hottest wives and girlfriends of the World Cup Final! France and Croatia will square off for soccer's highest honor ... and there will be plenty of…

www.tmz.com | 7/15/18
Croatia does not have the economic power of France. It does not have its talent pool. But it will not, by any stretch of the imagination, be underestimated.
www.nytimes.com | 7/15/18

Sport plays an important role in French society and the country has a strong sporting history. The most-watched sport in France is football. rugby union is highly popular, mainly in the south. Rugby Union, compared to football, is seen to have greater significance to French culture. Other major sports include handball, basketball, cycling, sailing, tennis, alpine skiing but also swimming and athletics. The national stadium is the Stade de France.


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