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The weird and wonderful side of World Cup 2018 – in pictures

A roundup of some of the odder photographs from Russia and beyond, featuring Neymar, human hair, animals and watermelons Continue reading…

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Kieran Trippier to get freedom of Bury after World Cup success

Footballer was third England player to score in a semi-final with goal against CroatiaEngland player Kieran Trippier is to be awarded the freedom of his home town Bury after his stellar World Cup performance.The 27-year-old defender became only the thi…

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Kieran Trippier to get freedom of Bury after World Cup success

Footballer was third England player to score in a semi-final with goal against CroatiaEngland player Kieran Trippier is to be awarded the freedom of his home town Bury after his stellar World Cup performance.The 27-year-old defender became only the thi…

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West Ham sign Felipe Anderson in club-record deal from Lazio

West Ham will pay initial £33.5m to LazioAnderson has agreed a four-year deal with the clubWest Ham have signed midfielder Felipe Anderson from Lazio for a club-record fee. The Premier League side will pay an initial fee of £33.5m for the Brazilian, wh…

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Imagine what the scenes will be like if Croatia takes the World Cup home | Aljosa Asanovic

It will not be easy for France – they will be scared of the fight Croatia have shown and anything is possible in a one-off gameCroatia making the World Cup final is the most amazing achievement. This is an incredible time for everybody in Croatia and e…

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Imagine what the scenes will be like if Croatia takes the World Cup home | Aljosa Asanovic

It will not be easy for France – they will be scared of the fight Croatia have shown and anything is possible in a one-off gameCroatia making the World Cup final is the most amazing achievement. This is an incredible time for everybody in Croatia and e…

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Simone Lia on watching the World Cup final

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France pins its hopes on Kylian Mbappé, the boy from the banlieue

The country’s new football hero has given pride and a positive image to the urban ghetto where he was raisedBeneath grey apartment buildings in the poor suburb of Bondy, north-east of Paris, there was a familiar sound of summer afternoons: the thud of …

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FA deserves a pat on the back for England’s progress under Southgate | David Conn

Ruling body has been trying to raise playing standards for more than 20 years and its overhaul finally bore fruit in RussiaOne of the early dates in the diary for the Football Association’s management team after their unexpectedly heartening World Cup …

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The day Lilian Thuram turned into a goalscorer supreme for France | Ed Aarons

A mistake by the classy defender allowed Croatia to take the lead in the 1998 World Cup semi-final but he quickly atoned“It was what I call my Miles Davis moment,” revealed Lilian Thuram in 2007. “Footballers can be like artists when the mind and body …

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World Cup review – 17 things we learned from Russia 2018

Including: England’s mental shift, why everyone loves Neymar, and the height of Mel from Mel and SueBut it doesn’t improve it much, either. Cancelling a Neymar penalty showed its value, but the snagging list was long: delays, missed calls and wrong cal…

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Footballers coming home … with fourth place and no fanfare

England’s World Cup campaign ended in anti-climax, but this was a team that inspired the nationEngland’s World Cup squad will arrive at Birmingham airport this afternoon to a notable lack of fanfare, despite their exploits in Russia uniting most of the…

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World Cup 2018: Final buildup, latest on France v Croatia – live!

All the news and comment on the World Cup’s closing dayJonathan Wilson: Four areas where the final can be won and lostJorge Valdano: Deschamps’ approach at risk from Croatia’s energyAny comments? You can email Jonathan or tweet @JPHowcroft 5.38am BST M…

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Harry Maguire turns thoughts to Euro 2020 after World Cup heartache

• ‘When the Euros come around the fans will be excited again’• Tripper says England team os ‘very special’It was 70 minutes after the final whistle when Gareth Southgate re-emerged from the tunnel at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium after completing his post-…

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Fans react to Belgium beating England in World Cup third-place play-off – video

Belgium’s Red Devils have brought home the World Cup’s bronze medal after a 2-0 victory against England. Both teams were aiming higher in the tournament after progressing further than most expected. However, this third position is still Belgium’s best …

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Cautious France embrace Didier Deschamps’ men and prepare to party

Fans hope lessons of the past have been learned as country aims to cement its place as a football superpowerAs France prepares for Sunday’s World Cup final against Croatia, the mood on the street is one of football frenzy.Fan zones across the country a…

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Didier Deschamps: ‘Nothing is more beautiful than lifting World Cup’

The French may be favourites, having found their groove, but Croatia continue to defy the odds and it would be foolish to underestimate themAnd finally, on the 31st day, we will get to see it. Fourteen inches tall, weighing 11lb and made of 18-carat go…

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England’s Harry Kane on course for golden boot despite diminishing returns

Harry Kane is set to become England’s first World Cup top scorer since Gary Lineker in 1986, but his impact has diminished as the tournament has progressedAntoine Greizmann or Kylian Mbappé will have to notch four goals on Sunday to deny Harry Kane the…

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England’s Harry Kane on course for golden boot despite diminishing returns

Harry Kane is set to become England’s first World Cup top scorer since Gary Lineker in 1986, but his impact has diminished as the tournament has progressedAntoine Greizmann or Kylian Mbappé will have to notch four goals on Sunday to deny Harry Kane the…

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Kanté, Lloris, Varane, Giroud: France’s quiet driving force in World Cup

N’Golo Kanté is happiest in the shadows but his brilliant understated role is key to France’s hopes of winning the finalThe distance from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Moscow is 1,700 miles. The obvious joke is that N’Golo Kanté could probably jog the distance i…