In a packed room at the Spanish federation's headquarters, La Roja's new manager discussed his plans for the team's future, emphasizing the need to evolutionize tiki-taka without changing its main principles.
In six iconic, jaw-dropping minutes, France showed what it's capable of when it loosened the shackles, something that it didn't do–or have to do–en route to capturing a deserved second World Cup title.
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.
With one of the most exciting and unpredictable World Cups in years now over, we've ranked all 32 teams on how they performed in Russia according to their expectations at the beginning of the tournament.
On this week's episode of Planet Futbol, Luis Miguel Echegaray is joined by Tom Marshall from ESPN to talk about the up and coming Mexican soccer players to look out for. For more Planet Futbol, subscribe to SI.tv.
The flurry of World Cup goals coming off corners and free kicks suggests that teams are at last grasping the opportunity presented on set pieces. But it also raises a question: Where has the widespread dedication to maximizing dead-ball plays been?
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.