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FIFA give World Cup 2018 final tickets to young viral video star

A young Poland fan has landed tickets to the World Cup final after FIFA were moved by a video of him crying in the aftermath of his team's group-stage elimination.

Six-year-old Aleks Meiklejohn was filmed in floods of tears while being consoled by his dad, Iain, after a devastating 3-0 defeat against Colombia in Kazan.

While Iain is from Edinburgh, Scotland, he took Aleks out to Russia to support his mum's native Poland.

Alas, the loss was all too much for the little guy -- though the Colombia fans...

 By Tom Marshall

Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez inspire Colombia; Robert Lewandowski struggles

KAZAN, Russia -- Three points on Colombia's 3-0 win vs. Poland in Group H at the World Cup.

1. Colombia turn on the style to boost round-of-16 hopes

Los Cafeteros turned it on in Kazan Arena, providing a strong argument that their first match in Group H against Japan, a 2-1 defeat in which Carlos Sanchez was sent off early and creative inspiration James Rodriguez played only the last 30 minutes due to a lingering calf problem, was a blip.

Poland and Colombia came into Sunday's game in the knowledge...

Sadio Mane magic not needed for Senegal as Poland push self destruct

MOSCOW -- Three quick thoughts on Poland 1-2 Senegal in Group H at the World Cup on Tuesday afternoon.

1. Senegal well set in intriguing group after victory

If you confidently picked the two qualifiers from Group H before the tournament, the certainty of your opinions is to be admired. This looked the most open group in Russia, and so it has proved: after Japan surprised Colombia earlier in the day, Senegal beat Poland 2-1 on a muggy evening in Moscow.

They won thanks to an own-goal from Thiago...

 By Mark Lovell

Bayern Munich, Poland striker Robert Lewandowski uses pseudonym to keep low profile

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is adept at shaking off opposition defenders, but he has been forced to be more creative to escape the glare of his adoring fans.

The Poland captain, 29, has revealed he goes by the name "Emil" to avoid attention.

"It is pure coincidence and I don't use it that much, but it is helpful when we are with friends somewhere," he told the Guardian.

"For example, in a restaurant, we talk and laugh, but don't use 'Robert' or 'Lewy'. And in that situation, I'm Emil....

 By Mark Lovell

Poland put Robert Lewandowski's stamp on 2018 World Cup

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is certain to stamp his mark on the 2018 World Cup in more ways than one.

Lewandowski, 29, has been rewarded for his achievements with his own commemorative stamp which came into circulation on the opening day of the tournament.

Poland's all-time top scorer, Lewandowski bagged a remarkable 16 goals from 10 games in his team's World Cup qualifying campaign, setting a European qualifying record.

Five million stamps of the Poland captain were printed -- at 6 Zloty or...

Poland eager to show they're more than red-hot Robert Lewandowski

The 2018 World Cup is just over a month away, and all 32 teams are preparing in earnest for their shot at the trophy in Russia. ESPN FC is previewing every team ahead of the opening game on June 14. Find all 32 teams here.

Who they are

Captain: Robert Lewandowski
Manager: Adam Nawalka
Nickname: The Eagles
FIFA Rank (as of April 12, 2018): 10

How they qualified

Poland easily finished top of the relatively comfortable UEFA Group E, winning eight out of 10 fixtures against...