“Les Bleus” World Cup victory parade set for Champs Elysees

By Luke Baker PARIS, July 16 : Crowds of joyful French fans gathered at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday to await the return of their World Cup winning football team, who will be honoured with a parade along the Champs Elysees and a special presidential reception. French media spent the day lauding the […]

Mbappe’s France have quality to emulate Pele’s boys from Brazil

By Mark Gleeson MOSCOW, July 16 : When teenager Kylian Mbappe netted France’s fourth goal in the World Cup final, thoughts turned to the possibility that the French could go on to emulate the dominant Brazilian teams led by their great striker Pele. The 19-year-old Mbappe became only the second teenager after Pele to score […]

Croatia fans eclipse low-key French in Moscow final build-up

By Gabrielle T?trault-Farber MOSCOW, July 15 : Scores of Croatian fans took to the streets of Moscow on Sunday ahead of their country’s first ever World Cup final appearance, cheering and waving flags in anticipation of the historic match against France. With four hours to go until kickoff at 1800 local time (1500 GMT) Croatian […]

Hopeful fans gather in Paris, willing “Les Bleus” to World Cup victory

By Bate Felix PARIS, July 15 : Crowds of cheering French soccer fans began gathering in Paris on Sunday, draped in red, white and blue and singing the Marseillaise, as excitement was building ahead of the France-Croatia showdown at the World Cup final in Moscow. A day after the nation celebrated Bastille Day – the […]

After Russia, World Cup focus now turns to Qatar

By Mark Gleeson MOSCOW, July 15 : Germany came out of its shell, South Africa exceeded expectations and Russia changed negative perceptions when they all hosted the World Cup but just what will unfold in four years’ time when the tournament goes to Qatar is anyone’s guess. There is only one certainty — it will […]