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The Stone: Revelation of a Liverpool Soccer Fan

By SIMON CRITCHLEY

Devotion to this team has taught me to see the value in crushing defeat.

Mesut Ozil Quits German National Team, Citing Racism

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ozil, whose family is from Turkey, responded to criticism over his posing with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup and announced he was quitting.

U.S. Open Cup Delayed as Officials Try to Figure Out the Rules

By VICTOR MATHER

Los Angeles F.C. defeated the Portland Timbers, 3-2, in the quarterfinals. But the presence of too many foreign-born players might disqualify it.

World Cup 2018: The Winners and Losers

By VICTOR MATHER

France might be the big winner of the World Cup, but several teams and players can walk away with a smile. Others aren’t smiling so much.

On Soccer: The World Cup Changed Russia, but for How Long?

By RORY SMITH

A comparison between the 1980 Summer Olympics and this year’s World Cup is not perfect, but there are parallels to study.

French Fans Celebrate a World Cup Victory

In Paris, Moscow, New York and Chicago, fans took to the streets to celebrate the World Cup’s champion.

The Winning Scene From Paris

Witness in 360 video as fans in Paris celebrate the French team’s victory in the World Cup final.

On Soccer: France, a World Cup Champion That Stood Above It All in Russia

By RORY SMITH

France always felt out of place in Russia, winning with an air of cultivated detachment, as though it were competing in a completely different tournament.

Pussy Riot Members Detained After Running Onto the Field in World Cup Final, Police Say

By IVAN NECHEPURENKO and MELISSA GOMEZ

Four people ran onto the field dressed in police uniforms during the second half of the game, and the activist group claimed responsibility and made a list of demands.

β€˜We Are United’: France’s World Cup Win Brings Together a Nation

By ELIAN PELTIER, ALISSA J. RUBIN and AURELIEN BREEDEN

From the Champs Élysées to the low-income Paris suburbs that many of the French team’s stars call home, the country rallied behind “Les Bleus” for the big game against Croatia.

How France Won Its Second World Cup Title

By ANDREW DAS

Led by Kylian Mbappé and Paul Pogba, France brings home its second World Cup trophy, 20 years after winning its first.

On Soccer: Croatia, Cast in Underdog Role, Has the Look of a Champion

By RORY SMITH

Croatia does not have the economic power of France. It does not have its talent pool. But it will not, by any stretch of the imagination, be underestimated.

Essay: Croatians Savor the Present, but Keep One Fateful Foot in the Past

By NICHOLAS KULISH

Croatia is playing for the World Cup title on Sunday. It is a huge moment, maybe as big as the kick that Zvonimir Boban unleashed during a 1990 soccer riot.

Belgium 2, England 0: Belgium Earns Its Best World Cup Finish, Beating England for Third Place

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard each scored a goal as Belgium defeated England, 2-0, in the third-place match.

Youth Soccer Participation Has Fallen Significantly in America

By JOE DRAPE

Not having the American team in the tournament robbed officials of an opportunity to re-energize the sport among youth distracted by other diversions.

A Full Member of FIFA, Kosovo Finds Its Flag Barred From World Cup Stadiums

By TARIQ PANJA

The Kosovar flag is one of more than two dozen barred from World Cup stadiums by tournament organizers, according to a security booklet viewed by The Times.

Peeking Around Corners in the World Cup’s Provincial Cities

By IVAN NECHEPURENKO

The World Cup has transformed Russian cities, but some changes were merely facades aimed at burnishing a grim reality for foreign eyes.

Was Russia 2018 the Greatest of All World Cups?

By RORY SMITH

Thrilling upsets; passing torches; the rise of the collective; video reviews; Kylian Mbappé ... we could go on and on.

The World Cup Final’s Unconventional Start Time

By KEVIN DRAPER

Kickoff between France and Croatia happens in Europe’s late afternoon and the United States’ morning, but is at a manageable 11 p.m. in Beijing.

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