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FIFA World Cup 2018: VAR is in its nascent days, but as it showed in Russia, its implementation needs to be better
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FIFA World Cup 2018: VAR is in its nascent days, but as it showed in Russia, its implementation needs to be better

VAR is only in its nascent days and offers great fodder for thought, but with better implementation, it could definitely become a staple for the beautiful game.

FIFA World Cup 2018: France make statement of intent with title success as Croatia discover beauty of a skilful generation
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FIFA World Cup 2018: France make statement of intent with title success as Croatia discover beauty of a skilful generation

This was very much a final that the tournament deserved – weird and wild, but not of the highest quality. Spectacular and compelling, yet not of the elite grade.

FIFA World Cup 2018: France, Croatia return to familiar venue as colourful Russia prepares to offer final goodbye
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FIFA World Cup 2018: France, Croatia return to familiar venue as colourful Russia prepares to offer final goodbye

France and Croatia are already familiar with the Luzhniki Stadium, if not the setting of a World Cup final. Soon they will know how that feels too, before Russia offers them its final goodbye.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Nestor Pitana adds refereeing a final to resume that boasts nightclubs, films and basketball
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Nestor Pitana adds refereeing a final to resume that boasts nightclubs, films and basketball

Argentine Nestor Pitana has had a slightly different route to becoming the referee of the FIFA World Cup final, a journey that includes a stint as an extra in films and a period spent playing regional basketball.

FIFA World Cup 2018: How regional commentary captivated football fans in India and attracted new audiences
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FIFA World Cup 2018: How regional commentary captivated football fans in India and attracted new audiences

So here’s what our Firstpost writers thought of the regional commentary that took football to hitherto unexplored territories.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Gareth Southgate's new-look England has planted seed for widespread political dialogue in the country
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Gareth Southgate's new-look England has planted seed for widespread political dialogue in the country

Southgate’s England, this new England, have not only planted their flags as only the third English team to reach a World Cup semi-final, but also a seed for widespread political dialogue among the masses.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia wade through obstacles and turmoil to script fairytale run to the final
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia wade through obstacles and turmoil to script fairytale run to the final

There is turmoil in Croatian football. There are numerous issues that have threatened to derail the national team, yet in the middle of it all, they are in a World Cup final.

FIFA World Cup 2018 tour diary: After Samara Arena's last fixture, fans enjoy match on big screen and a walk on the field
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FIFA World Cup 2018 tour diary: After Samara Arena's last fixture, fans enjoy match on big screen and a walk on the field

The best bits and bobs from the sidelines of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, this time from the city of Samara.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Football takes France's immigrants from the streets of Paris to the stadiums of Russia
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Football takes France's immigrants from the streets of Paris to the stadiums of Russia

France's team is largely made up of immigrants, who have honed their skills on the streets of Paris and made their way out of poverty through football. As France flirts with racial tensions, a World Cup win could help improve relations between immigrants and French people.

FIFA World Cup 2018: 'It's coming home!' — football's birthplace Sheffield decks up as England dream of title
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FIFA World Cup 2018: 'It's coming home!' — football's birthplace Sheffield decks up as England dream of title

Three players in the current squad — quarter-final goal-scoring hero Harry Maguire, defender Kyle Walker and forward Jamie Vardy — were raised in Sheffield.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Captain Eden Hazard's selflessness could prove crucial for Belgium's hopes against France
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Captain Eden Hazard's selflessness could prove crucial for Belgium's hopes against France

In a World Cup dominated by chaos and unpredictability, controversy and inadequacy, Eden Hazard has been a breath of fresh air.

FIFA World Cup 2018's lighter side: Kylian Mbappe mirrors Neymar, football screenings at British weddings and Russia's Red despair
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FIFA World Cup 2018's lighter side: Kylian Mbappe mirrors Neymar, football screenings at British weddings and Russia's Red despair

From Kylian Mbappe emulating Neymar's on-field antics to World Cup screenings starting to make their way into British weddings, here are some of the quirkiest moments from Week 4 of Russia 2018.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia's fairytale run ends in quarters but evokes hopes of a brighter future for football in the nation
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia's fairytale run ends in quarters but evokes hopes of a brighter future for football in the nation

Host nation Russia defied all expectations by reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup, where they were eliminated by Croatia on penalties. In spite of their defeat, Russian fans were overjoyed with their team's performance.

FIFA World Cup 2018: England, Croatia join France and Belgium to complete unexpected semi-finals line-up
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FIFA World Cup 2018: England, Croatia join France and Belgium to complete unexpected semi-finals line-up

Welcome to the final four of a new-look World Cup, perhaps the most improbable of football's 21 championships.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Samara, a once-closed Russian city, opens up for football fans and thrives in tournament spotlight
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Samara, a once-closed Russian city, opens up for football fans and thrives in tournament spotlight

In the build-up to the tournament, the Samara Arena was a venue of great concern for both FIFA and the local organisers, but the venue staged six matches of the World Cup immaculately.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Four years after horror show at home, Neymar's Brazil suffer another agonising exit at tournament
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Four years after horror show at home, Neymar's Brazil suffer another agonising exit at tournament

Four years after the psychodrama of Neymar's injury and a humiliating World Cup semi-final defeat as hosts, Brazil are forced to come to terms with the crushing disappointment of a failed mission in Russia.

FIFA World Cup 2018: England's Harry Kane insists title glory a bigger goal than winning Golden Boot
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FIFA World Cup 2018: England's Harry Kane insists title glory a bigger goal than winning Golden Boot

Harry Kane is leading the race for the World Cup Golden Boot as he bids to become the first England player to win the prize since Gary Lineker 32 years ago.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Luka Modric looks to surpass benchmarks set by Croatia's 'class of 1998'
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Luka Modric looks to surpass benchmarks set by Croatia's 'class of 1998'

Luka Modric has taken Croatia to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, and with a comparatively straightforward match against Russia separating them from the semifinals, Modric will hope to emulate the feats of the 1998 Croatia side that came third in France.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante's odd midfield partnership powers France's title challenge
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante's odd midfield partnership powers France's title challenge

Pogba and Kante are the engine room of a vibrant, young French team and despite contrasting personalities off the field, they are showing they understand each other well on the pitch.