Tags: World Cup (Soccer)

Players in Any ‘Breakaway’ League Would Be Barred From World Cup, FIFA Says

LONDON — Imagine a World Cup without Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. In other words, soccer’s premier tournament shorn of its biggest stars. Such an unthinkable idea is being openly discussed among the sport’s highest authorities, according to leaks of behind-the-scenes discussions involving some of soccer’s leading clubs. The discussions have included…

On Soccer: France, a World Cup Champion That Stood Above It All in Russia

There was more to come, as it turned out. In those six minutes, Pogba and Mbappé scored; in those six minutes, France hit a rhythm Croatia could not bear; in those six minutes, France took the game, and the crown, beyond its opponents. Those six minutes spoke volumes for the measure of French superiority over…

Essay: Croatians Savor the Present, but Keep One Fateful Foot in the Past

“Does your father have a shrine to Boban?” It’s not a question that you hear every day. But as my distant cousin explained at a gathering of my Croatian-American family in Pittsburgh in 1998, the first year that Croatia unexpectedly stormed the soccer world, her garage had been repurposed by her father as a devotional…