Latest 1998 FIFA World Cup News

The Latest: Pussy Riot charged in protest at World Cup final

Jul. 15, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:43 a.m. Authorities in Moscow have charged members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot with "violation of spectators' rights" and illegally wearing police symbols when they ran onto the field during the World Cup final. The Interfax...

Reasons why France will win the World Cup

Jul. 14, 2018 10:26 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — With a squad valued at over $1 billion dollars that includes teenager Kylian Mbappe, a coach who won the World Cup as a player in 1998 and a day more than Croatia to rest and prepare for the final, France should win soccer's most coveted trophy for the second time. After a labored opening 2-1...

A capsule look at the France-Croatia World Cup final

Jul. 13, 2018 6:40 PM EDT

A capsule look at Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow (11 a.m. EDT, 6 p.m. local): WHY FRANCE WILL WIN Les Bleus have an average age of just over 26, one of the youngest in the tournament, and an exciting, speedy spark in 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who will be difficult for Croatia to...

Croatia has surpassed the great Yugoslav teams of the past

Jul. 12, 2018 1:33 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The official heir to Yugoslavia's achievements at the World Cup is Serbia. The current standard-bearer of those teams seems to be Croatia. The Croats, who have reached the World Cup final for the first time and will face France on Sunday for the title, have had the most success at the world's...

Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final

Jul. 12, 2018 11:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia's biggest ever game. "We love to be the underdogs," Lovren said in the wake of Croatia's England 2-1 extra-time win over England. With a...

The Latest: Croatia defender demands respect at World Cup

Jul. 11, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 2 a.m. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren says people should show him more respect now he's going to play in a World Cup final. Lovren says "I deserve this" after Croatia's 2-1 extra-time win over England, and used an expletive to...

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what's ahead in the World Cup

Jul. 10, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A look at what's coming up at the World Cup: It has been two decades since Croatia last played in the World Cup semifinals, and 28 years since England made the final four. Croatia has never advanced to the championship match. The wait for England to reach a second final dates back to 1966,...

A capsule look at the France-Belgium World Cup semifinal

Jul. 9, 2018 8:19 AM EDT

A capsule look at Tuesday's World Cup semifinal between France and Belgium in St. Petersburg, Russia (2 p.m. EDT, 9 p.m. local): WHY FRANCE WILL WIN Kylian Mbappe, just 19, has been the most dynamic player in the tournament, and Belgium's defenders have struggled at times. WHY BELGIUM WILL WIN Romelu Lukaku, Eden...

At World Cup, Giroud aims to prove Henry wrong

Jul. 8, 2018 9:14 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — If only France's young players had an outstanding ex-pro they could turn to for advice about how to beat Belgium in the World Cup semifinals, someone who won the World Cup himself in 1998 and who scored more goals than anyone in his stellar career with Les Bleus. Oh. Not only is Thierry Henry...

Playing Croatia in semifinal is a harsh reminder for England

Jul. 8, 2018 6:57 AM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Croatia was there at England's lowest ebb this century in international soccer, and it'll be there as the English team tries to peak. For many England supporters, the 3-2 loss to Croatia in November 2007 was a national embarrassment. Coach Steve McClaren's tactics floundered as he...