Devotion to this team has taught me to see the value in crushing defeat.
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.
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.
The delirium expressed since the men’s soccer team captured the trophy has been a boost for supporters of multiculturalism.
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.
A comparison between the 1980 Summer Olympics and this year’s World Cup is not perfect, but there are parallels to study.
In Paris, Moscow, New York and Chicago, fans took to the streets to celebrate the World Cup’s champion.
Witness in 360 video as fans in Paris celebrate the French team’s victory in the World Cup final.
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.
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.
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.
Led by Kylian Mbappé and Paul Pogba, France brings home its second World Cup trophy, 20 years after winning its first.
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.
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.
Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard each scored a goal as Belgium defeated England, 2-0, in the third-place match.
Not having the American team in the tournament robbed officials of an opportunity to re-energize the sport among youth distracted by other diversions.
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.
The World Cup has transformed Russian cities, but some changes were merely facades aimed at burnishing a grim reality for foreign eyes.
Thrilling upsets; passing torches; the rise of the collective; video reviews; Kylian Mbappé ... we could go on and on.