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France holds breath as football brings nation together

PARIS: French fans dared to dream of a World Cup victory on Sunday as they prepared to watch the game on a sunny summer weekend after a tournament that has lifted spirits and led to a rare sense of national unity. Football fever has slowly built over the last four weeks as the country took its young national team to heart, with ecstatic scenes after their semi-final victory, a sign of the country's hunger for success. On what is a traditional holiday weekend to mark France's national day, many families will watch from…

Football world cup to kickoff as Neymar, Brazil arrive in Russia

SOCHI: Neymar and his Brazil teammates landed on Russian soil in the early hours of Monday morning, fresh from beating Austria 3-0 in their final warm-up outing ahead of the World Cup. As the clock ticks down to Thursday’s tournament opener in Moscow between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, the five-time World Cup winners arrived in Sochi, the Black Sea resort city where they will be based, just before 3 am local time (0000 GMT). The Brazilians made the journey with their confidence boosted after Neymar marked his first…