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    Pitana: from film extra to WC final referee

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on July 15, 2018

    Argentine Nestor Pitana’s roundabout route to becoming a World Cup final referee has taken in work as a film extra and as a security guard at a disco as well as a spell playing basketball at regional level....

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    Dalic chooses the hard path to success

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on July 15, 2018

    Zlatko Dalic’s coaching career has mirrored his team’s campaign at the World Cup - a long, hard road to recognition and respect on the back of the hard currency of results....

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    Croatia ready for seismic event

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on July 15, 2018

    Croatia have no major injury concerns going into Sunday’s World Cup final despite having played three 120-minute matches and are looking forward to a seismic event for the small Balkan nation, coach Zlatko Dalic said on Saturday....

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    Didier on brink of history

    Reuters . Saint Petersburg | Updated at 12:05am on July 15, 2018

    A firm hand on the tiller for France comes not only from captaining a World Cup-winning team 20 years ago, but also from some harsh lessons in Didier Deschamps’ six years as coach...

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    France ‘in a bubble’ to play the perfect final

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on July 15, 2018

    France have shut out all the euphoria back home over their run to the World Cup final in order to play a perfect match against Croatia on Sunday, France captain Hugo Lloris said....

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    Griezmann happy to win it ‘ugly’

    Agence France-Presse . Istra | Updated at 12:05am on July 15, 2018

    France forward Antoine Griezmann said Friday winning the World Cup against Croatia on Sunday was more important than how his team do it....

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    I’m the little man who can: Modric

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on July 15, 2018

    Croatia captain Luka Modric says determination and self-belief were always more important than physical stature in football and that will be as true in today’s World Cup final as in any other match....

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    Belgium beat England to secure third place

    Reuters . Saint Petersburg | Updated at 09:58pm on July 14, 2018

    Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday to secure their best ever finish at a World Cup and send Gareth Southgate's side home with a second straight loss....

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    FIFA hails 2018 World Cup as best ever

    Agence France-Presse . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on July 14, 2018

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino thanked the Russian people and government on Friday for what he described as the ‘best World Cup’ ever....

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    Chelsea part ways with Conte

    Reuters | Updated at 12:05am on July 14, 2018

    Chelsea have parted company with their Italian manager Antonio Conte after two years at Stamford Bridge, the Premier League club said on Friday. Conte joined the Roman Abramovich-owned club in 2016 and led them to the league title in his debut season along with an FA Cup triumph last campaign....

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