Jose Mourinho reiterates admiration of Ivan Perisic following World Cup semi-final

Gareth Southgate Paul Gascoigne England

Nestor Pitana of Argentina will referee the World Cup final between France and Croatia, FIFA announced on Thursday (Jul 12). Deschamps' situation is not unlike Jose Mourinho's at Manchester United; winning trophies makes the Machiavellian tactics justifiable, but as soon as results turn sour all good will evaporates. The last was France's 1-0 loss to eventual champions Germany in the quarter-finals. I am already proud and are moments that I will take for all my life! "I started at the bottom of the ladder".

Croatia was under French control from 1809-14, part of the Illyrian Provinces, an autonomous area of Napoleon's First French Empire. Although that would not be a sacrifice hahahaha, but since I cannot do it, I would offer my house to see Croatia world champion!

"We can not sneeze at that".

Dalic said there would be no excuses from his team despite their exertions over the past two weeks. This was a hard path but I believed in myself. Since then I've been following all the matches in Croatia to this day!

One comment stood out from the rest and it did not come from a Croatian but a Brazilian.

"He is very dedicated to football", Croatian federation president Davor Suker said, "and we gave him the chance".

The most entertaining and unpredictable World Cup in recent memory will conclude on Sunday, in a contrast of storylines. Now he has taken his country further than ever before in a major soccer competition, eclipsing Suker's semifinalists in 1998.

England's valiant World Cup campaign came to an end on Wednesday night with a disappointing extra-time defeat to Croatia that can be blamed on a mixture of tiredness and inexperience - both mentally and tactically.

Lucas Hernandez, Antoine Griezmann and Sime Vrasljko will represent Atletico Madrid with Thomas Lemar, who began the tournament as a Monaco player, also in contention for some action at the Luzhniki Stadium. "He knows exactly how to interact with players and does it in a unique way".

That nostalgic lament hides the fact that Croatia are doing just fine without Bosnian or Serb players - and Yugoslavia, after all, never reached a World Cup final.

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