The World Cup final featured refereeing and VAR controversy and tremendous goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, and it's France heading home with a second World Cup trophy after a final win over Croatia that capped a remarkable tournament.
Luka Modric is a symbol of Croatia's success, and he could be in line to win the World Cup's Golden Ball and even the Ballon d'Or. But he's also facing perjury charges for his role in a Croatian football corruption scandal.
Cristiano Ronaldo is on the move to Juventus after nine seasons at Real Madrid in a move that drastically alters both clubs–and has a domino effect when it comes to who will replace him in the Spanish capital.
With an all-UEFA semifinal field, Europe will be home to the World Cup champion for an unprecedented fourth straight tournament, and there are a number of factors working in concert at the sport's highest level to make it so.
Brazil didn't play all that badly vs. Belgium, and its quarterfinal exit is plagued with 'what if' questions. What is clear, though, is the progress made under manager Tite, despite a result that doesn't meet the typical expectations.
A surprising number of NFL players will be glued to every match in Russia, rooting on athletes who have become fast friends. Then when the NFL kicks off this fall, soccer stars the world over will return the favor.
Until its unlikely run, scrappy Chapecoense was an afterthought in Brazilian soccer. But what should have been its magical moment turned into a national tragedy, and now the survivors are struggling to carry on.
Lizandro Claros Saravia was just keeping ICE apprised of his college soccer scholarship. Days later, he and his brother were deported to El Salvador and have continued picking up the pieces of their lives in Nicaragua.