Soccer World Cup

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 | The Latest: Embankment near stadium in Volgograd gives way

MOSCOW — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): ___ 1:15 a.m. Some of Russia‘s World Cup legacy is already falling down. A large earth embankment separating the World Cup stadium in Volgograd from the Volga River gave way, sending tons of dirt sliding into a road on the day the … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Embankment near stadium in Volgograd gives way

PARIS | With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

PARIS — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years … Continue reading PARIS | With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

MOSCOW | Slab Head, Rocky and 37 headline unlikely World Cup final 4

MOSCOW — English fish and chips against Croatia’s famous fish risotto. France’s vin et fromage versus Belgian beer and waffles. Players nicknamed Slab Head, Rocky and 37. Welcome to the final four of a new-look World Cup, perhaps the most improbable of soccer’s 21 championships. Host Russia left in tears Saturday night, jilted like a … Continue reading MOSCOW | Slab Head, Rocky and 37 headline unlikely World Cup final 4

MOSCOW | The Latest: Russia, Croatia going to penalties at 2-2 in QF

MOSCOW — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 11:37 p.m. Russia and Croatia are level at 2-2 after extra time and are going to a penalty shootout in the World Cup quarterfinal. Russia equalized in the 115th minute when Mario Fernandes headed in a free kick from just outside the … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Russia, Croatia going to penalties at 2-2 in QF

MOSCOW | The Latest: Martinez says his Belgians executed perfectly

MOSCOW  — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Belgium coach Roberto Martinez says his squad’s execution was perfect in the World Cup quarterfinal win over five-time champion Brazil. Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years with the 2-1 win, setting up a … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Martinez says his Belgians executed perfectly