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Calculated as of Monday morning for Mbappé’s seven World Cup games and championship bonus, the French forward would be donating approximately $449,606, or £384,000

Croatia’s 2018 World Cup Pursuit Inspired by the Past

By Emma L. McAleavy, The New York Times 07/12/2018, 12:00pm CDT

The team is playing in the shadow of the 1998 squad, but that seems to inspire its players. As defender Vedran Corluka has said: “We are in the semifinal again, after 20 years. That is something special in our country.”

Seven Unforgettable Acts of World Cup Sportsmanship

By Kimberly Liby, A Plus 07/11/2018, 12:00pm CDT

In a noble gesture of good sportsmanship, they left their locker room immaculately clean with a gracious "Spasibo" note ("Thank you" in Russian) to show their gratitude to the hosting country.

Young Players Can Learn From Watching World Cup

By William Ramsey, Staunton News Leader 07/10/2018, 12:00pm CDT

When I started with youth soccer, I think there was an air of it being "elitist," for lack of a better word. I think it's come a long way to be more inclusive, which is more in line with the rest of the world. 

Possession Soccer Is Now a Losing Strategy at the World Cup

By Jonathan Clegg and Joshua Robinson, The Wall Street Journal 07/09/2018, 12:00pm CDT

To be sure, this new spirit of adventure isn’t without its drawbacks. What these teams gain in attacking edge they sometimes sacrifice in defensive fortitude. 

What Mothers Are For

By Victor Lindelöf, The Players Tribune 07/05/2018, 12:00pm CDT

And that’s when I began to believe that I could make this move work out. I thought, You can do this, Victor. Just believe in yourself, enjoy it and the rest will follow.

Five Teachable World Cup Moments

By Sean Jensen, SportsEngine 07/04/2018, 2:15pm CDT

Knockout stage drama provides parents with positive examples of sportsmanship to show their kids

How often have you heard of a frustrated player or team trashing a dressing room? Not the Japanese. In fact, they left their dressing room spotless.

Cristiano Ronaldo Praised for Sportsmanship

By Simon Smale, ABC 07/03/2018, 12:00pm CDT

There's no doubt that Ronaldo's actions were commendable — and regardless of the true intention the image will go down as one of the many iconic images that will be forever associated with the Portuguese superstar.

These Top Defenders Make All the Difference

By SportsEngine 07/02/2018, 5:00pm CDT

Learn more about the often difficult youth backgrounds of three of the World Cup's elite defenders

Great defenders can single-handedly transform a team into an unbreakable unit, a must for teams setting their sights on winning the World Cup.

Humble Upbringing Was Part of Neymar's Path to Riches

By SportsEngine 07/02/2018, 11:15am CDT

Brazilian star's talent has earned him comparisons with legendary Ronaldinho

Neymar spent much of his early life migrating with his family as his father attempted through soccer and various other means to provide for his family, including work as a mechanic, as a salesperson and as a driver.

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