World Cup stars reach out to Thai team

Rescued Thai boys too weak to attend World Cup final: FIFA

Paul Pogba says France took Portugal Euro final for granted, but won't make the same mistake again against Croatia

Juventus could be looking to sign Paul Pogba back if they end up selling Miralem Pjanic to Manchester City, according to Tuttosport (h/t Daily Star).

The group were led out in three batches by a team of 13 worldwide divers flanked by the Thai Navy SEALs, who greeted each successful rescue with a "Hooyah" on their Facebook page.

Federation Internationale de Football Association had invited the team to the World Cup final on Sunday but the governing body announced the boys wouldn't be able to attend since they are receiving medical treatment after their ordeal. "Our thoughts are with his family", Federation Internationale de Football Association said.

"I want to win this World Cup and you have to make sacrifices", said Pogba on Thursday.

But an error from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris offered Croatia some hope when Mandzukic found the back of the net to score their second goal. That means that 70 of the 161 goals scored at this World Cup have come from set pieces. It's a World Cup final after all and billions will be watching it so the temptation to clown it up will be ever present. We were there, we were so close to the title, and we just fell short.

But World Cups are special events, with a possible seven games in a month compressing development in a short space of time, and Pogba has grown as France has progressed. "We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament".

"There is a spirit in the squad that can move mountains".

We have a look at the five teams who punched above their weight and performed much better than anyone expected them to.

'Before the match against England we had enough problems, but nobody complained. Hurst said Ramsey rightly gets most of the credit for creating a "tremendous team spirit".

PARIS - France's World Cup soccer triumphs, which have taken "Les Bleus" to the tournament final, should be generally positive for the country's economy, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said.

"It's attractive, it's good, but there's still a step", he told L'Equipe. But he won the biggest trophy of them all. England enjoyed a World Cup like they have not in the past 28 years and it was great to see a young, vibrant and positive side do well.

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