Tags: World Cup (Soccer)

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…

The World Cup’s Hot New Accessory Comes With a Few Questions

MOSCOW — The must-have accessory at the 2018 World Cup is a passport-sized badge of honor that, for many fans, symbolizes the fulfillment of a lifetime’s ambition. The badge, called a Fan ID, is an innovation introduced at the World Cup for the first time and is almost as valuable as a ticket. No fan…