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France Head Coach Says Most Proud of Team After World Cup Win

France Head Coach Says Most Proud of Team After World Cup Win

MOSCOW, July 15 (Sputnik) - France head coach Didier Deschamps said on Sunday that he was most proud of his team as they beat Croatia 4-2 to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. 16 Jul 2018
Putin says Russia can be proud of how World Cup was organized

Putin says Russia can be proud of how World Cup was organized

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that Russia can be proud of the was the 2018 World Cup was organized and praised the performance of the national team. 16 Jul 2018
Belgium saluted by fans in Brussels after team claimed third place

Belgium saluted by fans in Brussels after team claimed third place

The Belgium national football team has appeared in front of a crowd of about 8,000 fans, who welcomed Roberto Matinez's side at Brussels' central square after they returned from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. 16 Jul 2018
Belgian prime minister congratulates national football team

Belgian prime minister congratulates national football team

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel congratulated the national team on their third place at the 2018 World Cup on Saturday via Twitter. 15 Jul 2018
England Legend Charlton Says Proud of Current Team, Head Coach Southgate

England Legend Charlton Says Proud of Current Team, Head Coach Southgate

MOSCOW, July 12 (Sputnik) - Legendary England midfielder and 1966 World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton said on Thursday that he was proud of the national team's performance at this summer's tournament as well as of their head coach Gareth Southgate. 13 Jul 2018
France Defender Umtiti Says Team Not to Repeat Mistakes of Euro 2016 in World Cup Final

France Defender Umtiti Says Team Not to Repeat Mistakes of Euro 2016 in World Cup Final

MOSCOW, July 12 (Sputnik) - France defender Samuel Umtiti said on Thursday that his team would not repeat the mistakes they had made in the UEFA Euro 2016 final against Portugal when they face Croatia in the FIFA World Cup final on Sunday. 12 Jul 2018
Zhirkov announces retirement from international football

Zhirkov announces retirement from international football

Zenit St. Petersburg and Russia defender Yuri Zhirkov announced his retirement from the national team on Tuesday. 11 Jul 2018
Ex-keeper says Russia deserve respect

Ex-keeper says Russia deserve respect

Former Russia goalkeeper Aleksandr Filimonov said on Tuesday that the national team “deserves respect” despite not playing “proper” football in their World Cup Round of 16 match against Spain. 11 Jul 2018
Macron to arrive in St. Petersburg for semi-final between France and Belgium

Macron to arrive in St. Petersburg for semi-final between France and Belgium

French President Emmanuel Macron will arrive in the Russian city of St. Petersburg later on Tuesday to support his national team during their World Cup semi-final match against neighbors Belgium. 10 Jul 2018
Brazil Fans Throw Eggs at Bus as National Team Returns Home After World Cup Exit

Brazil Fans Throw Eggs at Bus as National Team Returns Home After World Cup Exit

MOSCOW, July 9 (Sputnik) - A group of Brazilian fans threw eggs at the bus that carried the national team after their return from the FIFA World Cup in Russia, where they were eliminated after losing 2-1 to Belgium in the quarter-finals. 10 Jul 2018
Russia Midfielder Samedov Says Quit International Football to Spend More Time With Kids

Russia Midfielder Samedov Says Quit International Football to Spend More Time With Kids

MOSCOW, July 9 (Sputnik) - Spartak Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Samedov, who announced his retirement from the national team after Russia's elimination from this summer's FIFA World Cup, said on Monday that his wife was due to give birth in August and that he wanted to spend more time with his kids. 10 Jul 2018
Belgian royal family to attend semi-final showdown

Belgian royal family to attend semi-final showdown

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium and the country's Foreign Minister Didier Reynders will come to St. Petersburg to support their national football team during their World Cup semi-final against France. 9 Jul 2018
Russia to Do Better at Next FIFA World Cup But Need Fans' Support - Head Coach Cherchesov

Russia to Do Better at Next FIFA World Cup But Need Fans' Support - Head Coach Cherchesov

MOSCOW, July 8 (Sputnik) - Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov said on Sunday that the national team would do even better at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar but it would be more difficult without so much support from their fans. 9 Jul 2018
Hierro steps down as Spain coach after World Cup disappointment

Hierro steps down as Spain coach after World Cup disappointment

Fernando Hierro has stepped down as Spain head coach after the national team's early elimination from this summer's FIFA World Cup. 8 Jul 2018
Croatian President celebrates quarter-final win with players

Croatian President celebrates quarter-final win with players

Croatian President Colinda Grabar-Kitarovic went into the changing room of the national team after their FIFA World Cup quarter-final match against Russia to personally congratulate the players on their victory. 8 Jul 2018
Medvedev thanks Russia for playing at World Cup

Medvedev thanks Russia for playing at World Cup

Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev thanked the national team for playing at the World Cup on Saturday, after their match with Croatia in Sochi resulted in Zlatko Dalic’s side winning 4-3 on penalties, after the match finished 2-2 following extra time. 8 Jul 2018