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Former US President Barack Obama

Barack Obama: French World Cup victors show triumph of diversity

Former US president Barack Obama on Tuesday singled out the African heritage of many players in France’s World Cup-winning football team in a speech paying tribute to Nelson Mandela.
President Nicolás Maduro with a military honor guard in Caracas, Venezuela. Cristian Hernandez-EPA, via Shutterstock

World Cup: In reality Africa won – Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro believes Africa and not France are the true winners of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Referee Nestor Pitana

Dermot Gallagher: France penalty decision against Croatia wrong

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher says the decision to give France a penalty against Croatia in Sunday's World Cup final in Moscow was "100 per cent" wrong.
Antoine Griezmann

Three things we learned from France’s World Cup final win

France are world champions for a second time as Les Bleus ran wild while Croatia’s energy reserves ran dry to win a thrilling World Cup final 4-2 in Moscow on Sunday.
Antoine Griezmann

France beat Croatia to claim World Cup glory

France won their second World Cup on Sunday with a 4-2 win over Croatia, with Didier Deschamps becoming the third person to win the trophy as a player and a manager.
France fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final - Getty Images

France and Croatia name unchanged teams for World Cup final

France and Croatia go into Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow with the same starting line-ups as in their semi-final wins over Belgium and England respectively.
Antoine Griezmann finally responded to Thibaut Courtois' jibe on Friday. AFP

Antoine Griezmann happy if France win World Cup ‘ugly’

Belgium's players criticised the tactics France used in their 1-0 semi-final win as Didier Deschamps' team sat deep and Samuel Umtiti's headed goal came from a corner, but Griezmann dismissed the criticism.
France manager Didier Deschamps

France focus on World Cup glory, spurred on by 2016 Euro pain

France fine-tuned their preparations for the World Cup final against Croatia on Friday, desperate to overcome the bitter disappointment of losing the Euro 2016 final as FIFA declared Russia 2018 the best-ever tournament.
Samuel Umtiti

France beat Belgium reach World Cup final

France will play in the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 after beating Belgium 1-0 thanks to a goal from Samuel Umtiti in St Petersburg on Tuesday evening.
(L to R) Belgium's defender Toby Alderweireld, Belgium's defender Thomas Meunier, Belgium's midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium's defender Dedryck Boyata, Belgium's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Belgium's forward Eden Hazard listen to their national anthem during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group G football match between Belgium and Panama at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 18, 2018. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP

What Belgium should worry about playing against France

The World Cup semi-final fixture between France and Belgium is a more tantalising one, as it is an all-European affair. But, be that as it may, the Belgian team who are having a dream world cup campaign absolutely have a lot to worry about their French opponent.
Brazil forward Neymar

Gianluigi Buffon: Neymar can ‘win everything’ after World Cup disappointment

Neymar's disappointment at the World Cup can fuel the Brazil star to "win everything" at Paris Saint-Germain, according to new team-mate Gianluigi Buffon.
france

France eye World Cup final but Belgium have Henry factor

World Cup favourites France are targeting the final in Russia two decades after their 1998 triumph with one of their greatest players, Thierry Henry, plotting their downfall from the dugout of opponents Belgium.
France's Paul Pogba

Hugo Lloris backs Paul Pogba to impress for France in World Cup bid

Paul Pogba is a "true leader" whose ability will be fully recognised at this World Cup, according to France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Kylian Mbappe is fully under contract with Paris Saint-Germain as of Sunday, after his permanent deal with the French champions kicked in on the first day of July.

Uruguay: We’re ready for unstoppable Kylian Mbappe

The build-up to Friday’s quarter-final clash between France and Uruguay has been dominated by individuals, but it may be the South Americans’ almost unbreachable four-man defence which decides the result.
Lionel Messi of Argentina shows his dejection - Getty Images

France’s Kylian Mbappe scores brace as Lionel Messi, Argentina crash out

Argentina had come from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 in a match illuminated by outstanding goals from Angel Di Maria and Benjamin Pavard but a quickfire second-half double from Mbappe put France firmly in the driving seat.

France out to show they’re special against Denmark

France have yet to shine at the World Cup, but they have good reason to show they have something special when they take on Denmark in their Group C finale on Tuesday.
France manager Didier Deschamps

Didier Deschamps keeps handbrake on as France fail to thrill

France have booked their spot in the World Cup last 16 but a team forged in the image of coach Didier Deschamps is unlikely to win many friends or admirers.
Kylian Mbappe of France scores his team's first goal past Pedro Gallese of Peru

Kylian Mbappe strikes to send France through against Peru

Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest-ever World Cup goal scorer at the age of 19 as his strike secured a 1-0 win for France that put them through to the round-of-16 and sent an unlucky Peru side out.

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Gunmen abduct Bayelsa PDP chieftain on eve of planned defection to APC

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and Vice Chairman, Bayelsa State Peace and Reconciliation committee, Bibi Oweifa, has been abducted by unknown gunmen at the state secretariat annex, Yenagoa.
National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus (R), Atiku Abubakar and behind him Otunba Gbenga Daniel, DG, Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, at the declaration rally of Atiku for the 2019 presidential election, at Ribadu Square, Yola, Adamawa State, yesterday.

Ex-VP Atiku Abubakar: APC turning Nigeria into another Afghanistan

Former Vice President and frontline Presidential aspirant on Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said his interest in the 2019 presidential contest is not to achieve personal political ambition, but informed by need to help address the suffering and killings across the country.

Ethiopia intercepts about $10 million in joint security operation

Ethiopia police have in the past week seized huge cash sums and arms in different parts of the country, state affiliated FANA Broadcasting Corporate have reported.
PSG's Neymar

Neymar says he is victim of ‘double standards’ for club and country

Neymar has claimed that he is the subject of double standards when he plays for Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I could have been US President

LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he would be President of the United States of America if he had arrived 10 years earlier.