Mbappe named Young Player of the 2018 World Cup The French media have lifted the lid on one of the best kept secrets of the World Cup, namely that striker Kylian Mbappe played the semi-final and final at far from full fitness. He played an important role against both Belgium and Croatia as Les Bleus won their second world title in Russia. According to L'Equipe, the player suffered a blockage of three vertebrae the day before the match against Belgium while in his room. "When he got out of bed to take a bath, he felt a terrible pain and then heard a snapping sound before collapsing," read the report. France's medical team and their staff kept the back problems a secret in order to avoid giving their opponents an advantage. Despite the pain, the player recovered to take part against both Belgium and Croatia and in the final, he scored his country's fourth goal to put the cherry on top of the cake. … [Read more...] about France’s World Cup secret: Mbappe played last two games injured
Why did Griezmann wear the Uruguayan flag? Luis Suarez: Griezmann doesn't know how it feels to be Uruguayan Tabare Vazquez couldn't help but to congratulate Antoine Griezmann and invite him to his country at the end of the year. The recently crowned world champion, who has many Uruguayan friends and teammates at Atletico Madrid, made the interesting decision on wearing a Uruguayan flag at the press conference following his World Cup win. "I want to thank him for the gesture he had wearing our country's flag at the international press conference he gave in Moscow," Uruguayan president, Vazquez, wrote in an official letter. After learning of an invitation to visit the South American country made by Carlos Bueno, Diego Godin, and others, Vazquez decided to personally invite the French star as well. "It would be an honour to welcome him and thank him personally," the letter continued. After also congratulating French president Emmanuel Macron, the people of France and everyone … [Read more...] about The president of Uruguay invites Griezmann to his country
The best and worst of the World Cup in Russia Since the 1994 World Cup in the United States began, five different teams have won the seven trophies on offer, but which is the best? From Zinedine Zidane's France of 1998 to Andres Iniesta's 2010 winning Spain team, a plethora of famous names have held aloft football's greatest prize. BRAZIL 1994 Mario Zagallo had Rai and Leonardo as his two starting central midfielders but, after the group stage, the coach decided to bring in Mazinho in a tactical shift that lasted for the entire knockout rounds. FRANCE 1998 Les Bleus tinkered little throughout their home triumph, Thierry Henry and Christian Karembeu trading places while Patrick Viera, Sylvain Wiltord and David Trezeguet were among the bench options. Although, Laurent Blanc was suspended for the final to allow Frank Leboeuf a famous outing. BRAZIL 2002 Juninho and Kleberson swapped around along the way for Brazil in 2002 with Denilson among the players routinely picked during games. … [Read more...] about Which was the best World Cup winning side of the last 25 years?
LIVE: Mourinho ready to make big offer for Perisic Heimir Hallgrimsson announced that he has stepped down as Iceland coach and will return to his previous job as a dentist. The 51-year-old was in charge of Iceland at Euro 2016 along with this year's World Cup. Despite the fact that his contract was coming to an end after the Russia tournament, Hallgrimsson had left the door open to stay on. "Actually, there is no better job in the world than the national coach of Iceland and it would be difficult for me to leave the team," he said some weeks ago. "Firstly I will go on vacation and then we'll sit down and talk about what's going to happen." Iceland came into the spotlight after qualifying for the Euros in France, where they knocked out England in the round of 16. … [Read more...] about Hallgrimsson steps down as Iceland coach and returns to dentistry
The best and worst of the World Cup in Russia Croatia celebrated their appearance in the World Cup final on Monday with a parade, and Luka Modric fully enjoyed the moment. Holding a flare aloft and with the silver medal around his neck, the midfielder was clearly ecstatic at making his country proud in Russia. … [Read more...] about Ecstatic Modric grabs a flare in Croatia World Cup celebrations