1998 FIFA World Cup

US fans wait for the start of the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and the United States at Stade Océane, in Le Havre, France, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
June 21, 2019 - 12:43 pm
PARIS (AP) — Where is that World Cup buzz, FIFA? On days the United States plays, thousands of fans clad in red, white and blue have filled the boulevards, bistros and brasseries of Reims, Paris and Le Havre. The stadiums also have been packed for Les Bleues, who hope to follow Les Bleus' triumph...
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FILE - In this file photo dated June 17, 1986, Michel Platini, left, of France dribbles past Italian forward Alessandro Altobelli in their World Cup eight finals in Mexico City's Azteca Stadium. France won 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament and Italy was eliminated. Affectionately nicknamed “Le Roi” (The King), Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world’s best player of the early 1980s, but his lofty reputation seems to have been tainted. (AP Photo, FILE)
June 19, 2019 - 1:45 am
Affectionately nicknamed Le Roi, or The King, Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world's best player of the early 1980s, helping to bridge the gap between the eras of Pele and Diego Maradona. Repeatedly voted Europe's best player, the Frenchman instantly...
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Belgium's Youri Tielemans, left, and Scotland's Stuart Armstrong battle for the ball during the International Friendly at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Friday Sept. 7, 2018. (Ian Rutherford/ PA via AP)
September 07, 2018 - 5:36 pm
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Substitute Michy Batshuayi scored twice in eight minutes as Belgium eased to a 4-0 victory over Scotland on Friday in its first game since finishing third at the World Cup. Seven minutes after coming on at halftime in the friendly, Batshuayi took a pass from Eden Hazard in...
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Stewards carry off the field a person who invaded the pitch during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
July 15, 2018 - 6:50 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:43 a.m. Authorities in Moscow have charged members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot with "violation of spectators' rights" and illegally wearing police symbols when they ran onto the field during the World Cup final. The...
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In this image taken with a slow shutter speed France's Kylian Mbappe controls the ball during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
July 14, 2018 - 10:26 am
MOSCOW (AP) — With a squad valued at over $1 billion dollars that includes teenager Kylian Mbappe, a coach who won the World Cup as a player in 1998 and a day more than Croatia to rest and prepare for the final, France should win soccer's most coveted trophy for the second time. After a labored...
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In this photo taken with slow shutter speed France's Kylian Mbappe runs with the ball during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
July 13, 2018 - 6:40 pm
A capsule look at Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow (11 a.m. EDT, 6 p.m. local): WHY FRANCE WILL WIN Les Bleus have an average age of just over 26, one of the youngest in the tournament, and an exciting, speedy spark in 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who will be difficult...
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Croatia's Mario Mandzukic celebrates after his team advanced to the final during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
July 12, 2018 - 1:32 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The official heir to Yugoslavia's achievements at the World Cup is Serbia. The current standard-bearer of those teams seems to be Croatia. The Croats, who have reached the World Cup final for the first time and will face France on Sunday for the title, have had the most success at the...
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Croatia's Dejan Lovren celebrates after Croatia's Mario Mandzukic scored his side's second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
July 12, 2018 - 11:41 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia's biggest ever game. "We love to be the underdogs," Lovren said in the wake of Croatia's England 2-1 extra-time win over England. With...
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Croatia's Ivan Perisic gestures during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
July 11, 2018 - 6:16 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 12:50 a.m. Ivan Perisic recalls being a little boy wearing his red-and-white checkered shirt as he watched Croatia previous World Cup semifinal against France in 1998.He says he watched on TV in Split when Croatia lost to the...
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England head coach Gareth Southgate, right, gestures next to player Jordan Henderson as they walk along the pitch after England's official news conference on the eve of the semifinal match between England and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
July 10, 2018 - 6:18 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A look at what's coming up at the World Cup: It has been two decades since Croatia last played in the World Cup semifinals, and 28 years since England made the final four. Croatia has never advanced to the championship match. The wait for England to reach a second final dates back to...
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