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Humble Upbringing Was Part of Neymar's Path to Riches

By SportsEngine, 07/02/18, 11:15AM CDT

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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.

2018 World Cup

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. 

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