The Premier League was the best-represented league at the World Cup in Russia despite losing its league-leading status in the final.
As many as 50 players of the 736 that entered the 2018 World Cup were born in France, and a majority of them are products of the French system.
FIFA World Cup 2018: From building attacks around defences to mastering set-plays, a tactical overview of tournament
For France the defensive mindset remained baffling throughout the tournament, pestering all those who longed to see more ambitious football from Les Bleus, but ultimately Didier Deschamps was right as history always remembers the winners.
Mbappe, cruising at the centre of the beau monde with the world at his feet, is poised to captivate football enthusiasts for years to come, for the sky is the only limit for this stellar striker with a penchant for colossal performances.
Single-mindedly defending one-goal leads, not getting carried away at two-goal cushions, slowing down matches when necessary – France turned out to be the team performing in the most clinical and professional manner, leaving little to chance or their opponents.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Putting team spirit over individual stardom and other lessons for organisations from recently-concluded event
There are three lessons that larger organisations such as governments, corporations, start-ups, etc and so on can draw from the FIFA World Cup 2018.
FIFA World Cup 2018's lighter side: Paul Pogba's Hairway to Heaven, Ivan Perisic's high foot to the heart and a winter of discontent
Here are five moments from the final week of the FIFA World Cup 2018 that once again highlighted the lighter side of the 'beautiful game'.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Despite great start, Croatia's lack of intensity in second half led to France seizing glory in final
Although it was a contentious penalty that put France back on track, the manner in which Croatia was dismantled in the second half showed that the eventual winner was the one able to quickly shift through the gears
FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia's success down to players' similar career trajectories in tactically astute Serie A, Bundesliga
Playing in Serie A taught Croatian players how to shut out teams purely on the basis of intricate midfield triangles, while Bundesliga have provided lessons on quick transitions and countering high press.
FIFA World Cup 2018, final preview: France's stability meets Croatia’s versatility in high-octane title-decider
Exploring the tactical designs of both teams, we try to find out who has got the edge heading into Sunday's big final between France and Croatia, however small that is
FIFA World Cup 2018: Not only pride but individual honours also at stake in Belgium vs England third place play-off
Two of the Premier League’s top strikers – Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku – warmed the bench when England met Belgium in this World Cup’s group stage, but both of them are expected to start in the third place play-off.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Amid the chaos of late goals and dramatic comebacks, elite midfielders control the narrative in Russia
If the theme of the ongoing World Cup holds true, whoever puts in a commandeering performance at the heart of the pitch will stake claim to the winner's medal.
FIFA World Cup 2018: How coach Zlatko Dalic took Croatia from brink of qualifying exit to title-decider in 10 months
Zlatko Dalic is a pragmatic liberal, having cherry-picked ingredients from Blazevic and other coaches, but allowing his players the freedom to roam around on the field to express their game.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Uninventive England fall to Croatia's resilience, botch massive opportunity to make final
When the dust settles, history will remember this uninventive England side as a major beneficiary of the draw who botched a huge chance to make the final.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Ivan Perisic stars as combative Croatia stage third straight extra-time revival and make maiden final
At their best, Croatia epitomise a call to passion and combativeness. Arguably, no other player represents that better than Ivan Perisic, who stood up tall when all seemed lost on Wednesday.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Didier Deschamps' defensive tactics edge off-colour Belgium as he leads France to consecutive finals
The outcome of the final will, unfortunate as it may be, decide Deschamps' managerial future, despite taking France to two major finals within two years.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Outcome of Croatia-England clash hinges on battle between Luka Modric and Jordan Henderson
Under Gareth Southgate, this England team has given more emphasis on awareness and positioning. Henderson finds himself as the metaphor of that furrowed brow of anticipation on the touchline and the lurking storm in Modric’s peripheral vision.
FIFA World Cup 2018: England's Raheem Sterling provides versatility that makes Gareth Southgate's dynamic system tick
Raheem Sterling threatens to produce moments of magic every time he receives the ball and that is a quality to be heralded, not ridiculed.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Belgium pay price for coach Roberto Martinez's strange tactical decisions against astute France
On Tuesday, Roberto Martinez once again fell for the lure of change. But in the process, he ended up breaking what was in prime condition.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Antoine Griezmann continues to dictate France’s tempo despite Kylian Mbappe's emergence
Antoine Griezmann masters the rhythm of the game, and in the shadows of Kylian Mbappe and even Olivier Giroud, influences France’s tempo.