• France and Croatia will play for the World Cup and an extra $10 million

    2 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    It is becoming increasingly more lucrative to win the world's biggest soccer tournament as FIFA will pay this year's winning team $38 million, $10 million more than the runner-up in the match between France and Croatia.
    As recently as 2006, winning the World Cup was only worth $2 million more than the runner-up. Since then, the prize for the winner has nearly doubled and the check for the second-place country has risen slightly more than 50%.
    Meanwhile, there is something on the line in the third-place match between England and Belgium as the winner will take home an extra $2 million.
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  • WHERE ARE THEY Now? The 1998 World Cup Winning France Team

    WHERE ARE THEY Now? The 1998 World Cup Winning France Team

    2 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    On Sunday, when France goes for international soccer glory against Croatia in the World Cup final, they will do so nearly 20 years to the day from when the country first won a World Cup.
    France, playing on home soil, was an extraordinary collection of talent, boasting one of the greatest attacking midfielders in the game's history in Zinedine Zidane, stout defenders like Marcel Desailly, and future superstars such as Thierry Henry.
    Many of these players would also go on to further international glory, winning the European Championship two years later. There is even a direct connection to...
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  • Croatia and France have little in common - except a desire to win the World Cup

    Croatia and France have little in common - except a desire to win the World Cup

    2 monthes ago - By Los Angeles Times

    There has never been a World Cup final between such widely disparate teams as the France-Croatia matchup on Sunday. France is an established soccer power, playing in its third title game in 20 years. With a population of 67 million, it has sent 204 players to the World Cup since 2002, the most...
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