As excitement builds at the prospect of Les Bleus taking home the World Cup, 20 years after their win on home soil, their success is a source of pride in the deprived estates or "banlieues" where many of France's players honed their game.
China has spent 28.6 billion yuan in football betting in the three weeks up to July 1, dwarfing the less than five billion wagered in the three weeks previous to that, according to figures from the China Sports Lottery Management Centre.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Russian fans party through the night after win against Spain, leave piles of garbage on Moscow streets
Russia fans wrecked the streets of Moscow after Russia won against Spain to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament, littering streets with cigarette butts and shards of glass.
A group of Mexico fans have had an unusual companion on their travels through Russia to follow their team in the World Cup – A life-size cardboard cut-out of their friend, Javier, who pulled out of the trip of a lifetime at the last minute.
Former captain David Beckham has tipped England to play Lionel Messi's Argentina in the World Cup final, reflecting rising optimism about the Three Lions' chances after a positive start in Russia.
FIFA World Cup 2018 diary: Mithun Chakraborty’s fandom, discussing politics with locals and other notes from Russia
The best bits and bobs from the sidelines of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil star Neymar limps off during team's training session ahead of Costa Rica tie
Neymar hobbled out of a training session on Tuesday, setting alarm bells ringing in the Brazil camp as they prepare for their second World Cup group game against Costa Rica on Friday.
Osako's 73rd-minute winner meant the Japanese avenged their 4-1 mauling in the group stages of Brazil 2014 as Colombia played with a man down for 86 minutes in Saransk.
War-displaced Syrians are finding ways to watch the beautiful game in the cafeterias of refugee camps.
FIFA World Cup 2018: From shy youngster to global superstar, charting Senegal captain Sadio Mane's meteoric rise
From humble origins, Sadio Mane has scaled the heights and on Tuesday he will have a nation behind him as he leads Senegal's attack in their World Cup opener against Poland.
As Kerala prepares for the World Cup, take a look at how Malappuram, the football mecca of Kerala, gears up.
In a dusty workshop on the outskirts of Hanoi, workers busily mould, set and spray hundreds of replica World Cup trophies as orders flood in ahead of next week's tournament.
A deaf, white cat named Achilles is soon to begin his work as Russia's official soothsayer for the World Cup, following in the tentacle-prints of Paul the Octopus who became a star in 2010.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil arrive in Russia after beating Austria in friendly; Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal train in Moscow
Neymar and his Brazil teammates landed on Russian soil in the early hours of Monday morning, fresh from beating Austria 3-0 in their final warm-up outing ahead of the World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar's Brazil look strong; major concerns loom over Germany, Argentina ahead of tournament
Neymar admitted he was only at "80 percent" but promised he would be raring to go come Brazil's first game at the finals against Switzerland on 17 June.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Reinvigorated by new generation of midfield maestros, formidable Spain look to bring back glory days
Spain will look no further than their own selves. If they play the kind of football that they are capable of, this Spain side reinforced by a new generation of artisans can take the world by storm again. The final few survibors of their golden generation might have a golden end after all
Construction of the World Cup fan zone outside of Moscow's top university is fuelling a rare protest in Russia as students worry thousands of partying football fans will destroy one of the capital's few green spaces.