France victory

MOSCOW | Deschamps joins Zagallo, Beckenbauer as champ player, coach

MOSCOW — Didier Deschamps walked into the interview room in the bowels of Luzhniki Stadium and prepared to answer questions for the first time as coach of a World Cup champion. A noise to his right caused him to turn, and his players rushed in. A bare-chested Benjamin Mendy jumped onto the table in front … Continue reading MOSCOW | Deschamps joins Zagallo, Beckenbauer as champ player, coach

MOSCOW | Vive le France! And a lot of other nations, too

MOSCOW — Antoine Griezmann‘s father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward’s mother is of Portuguese decent. Paul Pogba’s parents arrived from Guinea. Kylian Mbappe’s dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian. Immigrants, sons of immigrants and grandsons of immigrants bonded together with scions of families that have been French for generations, all for the … Continue reading MOSCOW | Vive le France! And a lot of other nations, too

MOSCOW | Young, joyful France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2nd World Cup

MOSCOW — Taking turns sliding across the rain-soaked turf holding the World Cup trophy tight, teenager Kylian Mbappe and the rest of France’s players acted like the youthful bunch they are. Nothing, not a Pussy Riot protest nor a postgame downpour that soaked Russian President Vladimir Putin, was going to stop the party. It carried … Continue reading MOSCOW | Young, joyful France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2nd World Cup

MOSCOW | No refuge from politics but France victory a fitting climax

MOSCOW — Kylian Mbappe high-fived a political protester who invaded the field during the World Cup final. French President Emmanuel Macron leapt out of his seat in a VVIP area that included a leader charged with genocide. And Vladimir Putin was drenched in a sudden downpour as the trophy was handed over to the victorious … Continue reading MOSCOW | No refuge from politics but France victory a fitting climax