Why this was the greatest World Cup final ever

CNN — It seems only yesterday that Enner Valencia was swatting aside Qatar in the 2022 World Cup’s curtain raiser. As the dust settles on an enthralling month of soccer action, fans have been treated to arguably one of the greatest ever World Cup tournaments in the sport’s history. In fitting fashion, Sunday’s final exploded … Read more

Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina wins World Cup title after beating France in sensational final

CNN — Lionel Messi’s wait for World Cup glory is finally over after Argentina beat France in a dramatic penalty shootout on Sunday. It was a final for the ages, with momentum swinging both ways throughout a pulsating 120 minutes before Gonzalo Montiel scored the winning penalty after the game had finished 3-3 after extra … Read more

LeBron James and Billie Jean King lead tributes to American journalist Grant Wahl

CNN — The death of prominent journalist Grant Wahl at the World Cup in Qatar has led to an outpouring of shock and grief across the sports world, with NBA star LeBron James and tennis great Billie Jean King leading the tributes to the American. Wahl, 49, died after collapsing while covering Friday’s Argentina-Netherlands match. … Read more

Kylian Mbappé is reaching speeds of 22 miles per hour at the World Cup. Can anyone stop him?

CNN — Ahead of its World Cup quarterfinal against France, England has a problem to solve. Namely, how to stop the tournament’s top scorer, Kylian Mbappéfrom adding to his tally. “Nineteen other teams in [France’s] Ligue 1 – and others in the Champions League – have been waiting for a solution,” French midfielder Youssouf Fofana … Read more

Argentina vs Netherlands: ‘Aging genius’ Lionel Messi looking to inspire La Celeste

CNN — Lionel Messi and Argentina are three games away from winning the World Cupbut against the Netherlands they will face their toughest test of the tournament so far. Friday’s quarterfinal at the Lusail Stadium is a compelling match-up, not least because of the World Cup history between the two teams. They last met in … Read more

Japan vs. Croatia: Samurai Blue aiming to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time

CNN — In a World Cup of surprises, Japan has played a leading role in headline-making shock results. Not many would have predicted that the Samurai Blue would beat both Spain and Germany to top Group E in qualifying for the knockouts, but so impressive has the team been that not many would now raise … Read more

England vs. Senegal: Euro 2020 finalist faces African champion for place in World Cup quarterfinals

CNN — Sunday’s round of 16 fixtures feature the 2018 World Cup winner, the current African champion and one of the Euro 2020 finalists. First up, reigning World Cup champion France faces Poland at the Al Thumama Stadium in the early fixture before arguably the highlight of the day as England meets Senegal at the … Read more

Iranian protesters celebrate World Cup defeat, as fears surround players’ return

CNN — Iran’s World Cup defeat to the United States was met by cheers and celebrations in Tehran and other Iranian cities on Tuesday evening, as protesters hailed the country’s exit from the tournament as a blow to the ruling regime. The nation was eliminated from the tournament in Qatar after it 1-0 loss on … Read more

Iran faces the USA in a winner-takes-all match to advance to the World Cup knockout stages

CNN — After days of political tension and fiery off-pitch jibes between the countries, the knockout stage has already arrived for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) at the World Cup – nothing less than a win on Tuesday will suffice when it starts Iran in a winner-takes-all match. Whichever team wins will reach … Read more

Iran threatened families of the World Cup soccer team, according to a security source

CNN — The families of Iran’s World Cup soccer team have been threatened with imprisonment and torture if the players fail to “behave” ahead of the match against the USA on Tuesday, a source involved in the security of the games said. Following the refusal of Iranian players to sing the nation’s national anthem in … Read more