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Monday cannon fodder: Le bleus, les champions

France v Croatia - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

France seal second World Cup triumph with 4-2 win over brave Croatia | Football | The Guardian
France are champions of the world for a second time.

Spurs teammate says Kane wants to be the best ever - Football365
”He has the desire to be one of the best, maybe the best. This is just the beginning.”

The Stone-Lalas dumbumvirate sums up Fox’s botched World Cup coverage | Football | The Guardian
Fox has been bad at covering soccer since the early 1990’s, and there’s no sign they’re getting any better.

World Cup 2018: FIFA slaps $70K fine on England for wrong socks, is the worst -
FIFA also fined Croatia $70K for drinking the wrong kind of water.

Steven Gerrard calls on Rangers to walk the walk in Europa League opener | Football | The Guardian
The Rangers manager said he had every confidence in his players before their Europa League qualifying tie against FK Shkupi of Macedonia

Juventus sold over half a million Cristiano Ronaldo shirts in first 24 hours | FourFourTwo
Ronaldo hasn't even been officially unveiled at Juve, yet the Serie A champions are greatly benefitting from his name.

Jorge Sampaoli: Argentina 'mutually agree' to terminate manager's contract - BBC Sport
Argentina and manager Jorge Sampaoli "mutually agree" to terminate his contract in the wake of the team's disappointing World Cup.

England players return to muted reception in Birmingham | UK news | The Guardian
It came home. Empty-handed.

What is a Sports Scientist? Hear from the man who keeps Atlanta United players fit - Dirty South Soccer
It’s a comprehensive, year-round strategy.