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World Cup photographer receives gift from Croatia's Mario Mandzukic

While the name might not be instantly familiar, you'll no doubt remember Yuri Cortez as the photographer who quite literally got caught up in Croatia's World Cup celebrations.

Cortez was knocked off his stool and engulfed by a muddle of Croatian players after Mario Mandzukic scored against England in the semifinals -- which led to some truly brilliant photos being captured amid the chaos.

Sensing an opportunity for a little positive PR, the Croatian National Tourist Board then offered the cameraman...

World Cup by the numbers - 169 goals, 29 penalties, 10 late winners, 4 red cards

The FC guys answer your tweets about the controversies in the World Cup final, Paul Pogba's performance and where the 2018 World Cup ranks all time.
ESPN's Charlie Gibson puts a bow on Project Russia from a scintillating final, as France claimed World Cup glory.
Croatia fell short in their first World Cup final, but the FC crew explain what made the Vatreni's run so impressive.

France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the title for the second time and cap off a memorable World Cup in Russia. ESPN brings you the best numbers from what has been a World Cup of records.

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This World Cup produced 169 goals, making it the third most prolific World Cup of all time. Only 1998 and 2014 produced more goals (171 in each). It is worth noting that the top four high-scoring World Cups of all time have come over the last six editions, since the tournament was expanded to 32 teams, and 64 matches...

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'The world is blue' - media react to France's World Cup win over Croatia

ESPN's Charlie Gibson puts a bow on Project Russia from a scintillating final, as France claimed World Cup glory.

France beat Croatia in the World Cup final and the media in the two countries celebrated/commiserated their teams' respective achievements.

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L'Equipe who lead with 'an eternal happiness' accompanied by a picture of the moment that Les Bleus' captain Hugo Lloris lifted the World Cup trophy, it is a nod of the head towards 1998's iconic 'for eternity' front page after the French beat Brazil at Stade de France all those years ago.

In the capital, Le Parisien have gone for 'head in the...

Croatia must make sure World Cup heartbreak leads to long-term success

Croatia fell short in their first World Cup final, but the FC crew explain what made the Vatreni's run so impressive.

MOSCOW -- Luka Modric collected his golden ball award, accepted the congratulations of Gianni Infantino and Vladimir Putin, and set off down the line of well-wishers in inscrutable fashion. Next to hail the World Cup's best player was French president Emmanuel Macron and then, replete with red-and-white Croatia shirt, came somebody who could not wait to see him. It was his country's president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, and if Modric was keeping his emotions locked away, the politician was happy...

Thrilling World Cup gets fitting finale as France end Croatia's dream run

Croatia fell short in their first World Cup final, but the FC crew explain what made the Vatreni's run so impressive.
Stewart Robson reflects on Paul Pogba's performance at the World Cup and explains why the World Cup winner can become the best player in the world.
ESPN's Charlie Gibson puts a bow on Project Russia from a scintillating final, as France claimed World Cup glory.

MOSCOW -- There were no miracles on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium. No subversion of the ancient order. Instead, the deeper, more talented side ultimately swatted away the upstarts who had come into this game with 24 hours less rest and 90 minutes more on the pitch.

After a thrilling month of football, the tournament got the finale it deserved, with France crowned world champions for a second time, 20 years after the "Blanc, Beurre, Noir" triumph of Saint Denis.

We saw the most goals in a 90-minute...

Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic lead Croatia in losing World Cup final effort

Croatia fell short in their first World Cup final, but the FC crew explain what made the Vatreni's run so impressive.

Although Croatia had more control and were arguably the better side in the first half of Saturday's World Cup final, they were on the wrong end of an own goal and had a penalty awarded against them for handball, both after set pieces.

They also started strong after the break, but that meant taking more risks and leaving space for Kylian Mbappe, which proved their undoing in France's 4-2 victory. Accumulated fatigue probably did play a part, just enough to briefly lose focus in key situations; France...