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Brussels Metro Blares French World Cup Anthem after Defeat

Sleep deprived Belgians were not having a bad dream Wednesday morning: Brussels metros resounded with a French football anthem after Les Bleus qualified for the final of the World Cup. 

The STIB transport network in Brussels had lost a bet against its Paris counterpart, the RATP, agreeing to play a 2002 song by French rock hero Johnny Hallyday called "Tous Ensemble", if Belgium lost to France in Tuesday's semi-final.

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High Security for England-Croatia Semi -- in Benidorm

Spanish authorities said Wednesday they were bringing in police backup to the party resort of Benidorm ahead of the World Cup semi-final pitting England against Croatia, after English fans caused havoc in previous games.

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France Reach World Cup Final as Paris Erupts

France reached their third World Cup final after overcoming Belgium on Tuesday, sparking scenes of unconfined joy in Paris as tens of thousands of people poured into the streets.

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Ronaldo Ends Nine-Year Madrid Reign, Joins Juventus

Modern great Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid to join Italian champions Juventus for 100 million euros ($117 million) on Tuesday, with the Portuguese superstar saying the time had come "for a new stage" in his life.

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Southgate Hopes England Avoid World Cup Semi-Final Stage Fright

England manager Gareth Southgate said his inexperienced side must look to perform at their "regular level" despite the pressure of playing in a World Cup semi-final.

England face Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday after reaching the last four of a major tournament for the first time since Euro '96, when Southgate himself missed a penalty in a shootout defeat against Germany.

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Croatia World Cup Success Shifts Spotlight from Scandal

Croatia's performance in reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup has reconciled fans with their squad and removed the spotlight from corruption that have plagued the country's football in recent years.

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France Say Thierry Henry in 'Wrong Camp' for World Cup Semi

When France line up for their World Cup semi-final French great Thierry Henry will stare back at them from the Belgium bench -- and Les Bleus can't stop talking about it

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France v Belgium: 3 Key Battles in World Cup Semi-Final

France meet neighbors Belgium in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday as they attempt to reach a third final in 20 years. 

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Former Barca Coach Enrique Tasked with Reviving Spain

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was appointed Spain's new coach on Monday after previous incumbent Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup in what turned out to be a disappointing campaign.

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England Making Amends at World Cup for Iceland Flop

Eric Dier says England are reaping the rewards at the World Cup for a change in approach following a humiliating exit to Iceland at Euro 2016 but are hungry to go beyond the semi-finals.

Aside from success on the field, a young side playing attractive football and seemingly freed from the fear of past failures has re-engaged with fans.

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