Belgium take outright top spot in FIFA rankings

Belgium take outright top spot in FIFA rankings

Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates during their UEFA Nations League  match aganist Switzerland at King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels on October 12. (REUTERS/Francois Lenoir)   ZURICH, October 25 (Reuters):  Belgium have edged ahead of France to take outright top spot in FIFA’s world rankings released on Thursday while tiny Gibraltar were the biggest […]

France keeper Lloris gets 20-month ban for drink-driving

France keeper Lloris gets 20-month ban for drink-driving

Tottenham and France goal keeper Hugo Lloris arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London on September 12. (REUTERS)   September 12, (Reuters): France’s World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris has been banned from driving for 20 months and fined after pleading guilty to a charge of drink driving, British media reported on Wednesday.   The 31-year-old […]

Anti-Kremlin protesters invade pitch during World Cup final

Anti-Kremlin protesters invade pitch during World Cup final

Stewards chase pitch invaders. (REUTERS/Carl Recine)   MOSCOW, July 15 (Reuters): The World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow was briefly interrupted when three intruders affiliated to anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot ran onto the pitch before being hauled off by stewards.   The pitch invaders, who were dressed in police-style outfits, were […]

France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

France substitutes run onto the pitch as they celebrate winning the World Cup REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov   MOSCOW, July 15  (Reuters):  France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years.   The French, playing their third World Cup final, […]

‘France were lucky,’ Belgian PM tells Macron

‘France were lucky,’ Belgian PM tells Macron

Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel speaks with the media as he arrives at the Alliance’s headquarters ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium on  July 11.(REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi)   BRUSSELS, July 11 (Reuters): The Belgian prime minister told French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday that France had been very fortunate to beat Belgium and reach the […]

France holds collective breath as World Cup feats fuel joy and hope

France holds collective breath as World Cup feats fuel joy and hope

France fans react on the Champs-Elysees, Paris after defeating Belgium in their World Cup semi-final match on July 10. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)   PARIS, July 11 (Reuters): Millions of jaded but jubilant French were recovering on Wednesday after a night of celebration following the team’s 1-0 World Cup semi-final win against Belgium, a victory that has […]

Umtiti header sends France into World Cup final

Umtiti header sends France into World Cup final

Samuel Umtiti celebrates after scoring the goal. (REUTERS/Lee Smith)   ST PETERSBURG, July 10 (Reuters: Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header sent an impressive France into the World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Belgium in an absorbing first semi-final on Tuesday.   Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as […]

National tensions simmer ahead of Belgium-France World Cup semi-final

National tensions simmer ahead of Belgium-France World Cup semi-final

The general view Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg Russia during training on July 9. REUTERS/Michael Dalder Photo)   PARIS/BRUSSELS, July 10 (Reuters): It’s a showdown between “Asterix” and “Tintin”. Les Bleus (The Blues) versus Les Diables Rouges (The Red Devils). France against Belgium. The World Cup equivalent of a local derby, with a heavy dose […]

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