• SA's World Cup Best XI: From Courtois to Mbappe
    How would you line up an 11-player all-star team based on the players' performances at the World Cup? Here's what we came up with.
  • Les Champions, where they came from and how they'll be remembered
    France was often frustrating to watch, but it's a team chock full of world-class players who dominated in the knockout stage.
  • SA's Breakout XI: From Pickford to Cheryshev
    Here's our World Cup 2018 all-star team of players whose stock rose significantly by performances in Russia.
  • Despite semifinal defeat, England revels in revival under Southgate
    A strong run at the 2018 World Cup that ended with a 2-1 semifinal loss to Croatia is cause for both concern and optimism.
  • The case for ... Croatia
    Croatia will attempt to emulate what France did in 1998: win the World Cup in its first appearance in the final.
  • The case for ... France
    With the tournament's best defense and most exciting player, Les Bleus will be favored in the final.
  • France marches on to Moscow in Deschamps' image
    There are parallels between the 2018 World Cup team and the '98ers, but Didier Deschamps doesn't like to talk about them.
  • Luka Modric is eager to fulfill 'great expectations' placed on Croatia
    The Real Madrid star has taken Croatia to the brink of replicating or bettering its third-place finish of 1998.
  • France's Olivier Giroud has part to play -- even if it isn't scoring goals
    In five games, Giroud hasn't scored a goal but his presence is considered a big factor in Les Bleus' success
  • Vincent Kompany: Belgium's 'Master of the Castle' comes back just in time
    Belgium's golden generation is underachieving no longer, thanks to its leader, who returned for the toughest games of the World Cup.
  • Greatest World Cup ever? Not so fast
    Following Croatia's shootout win over Russia, Alexi Lalas suggested that Russia 2018 was the greatest World Cup ever.
  • After stellar club season, Captain Kane fuels England hopes
    England aims to push deeper into the World Cup than it has gone since losing to West Germany in the 1990 semifinals.
  • Uruguay's Diego Godin makes strong case as world's best defender
    Diego Godin briefly quit soccer at age 17. Now 32, he ranks among the world's best defenders.
  • French talisman Benjamin Pavard is overnight sensation
    In March, Pavard was not on the list of 23 players France would likely take to Russia. After Saturday, he was a national hero.