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FIFA fines Croatia, Sweden over World Cup equipment breaches

Take a look back at how darkhorses Croatia and pre-tournament favourites France charted their course to reach the World Cup final.

FIFA has fined the Swedish and Croatian Football Associations 50,000 Swiss francs each for equipment breaches by some of their players.

Sweden, who have already returned home from the World Cup after being eliminated, were fined for the same offence prior to their quarterfinal defeat to England.

The Swedish FA had confirmed at the time that it had received the sanction about its kit and socks.

"Despite having been previously requested to cease the activity that led to the breach and receiving a sanction...


Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Give each Sweden player a Golden Ball for World Cup run

England's World Cup dream continues on, while Croatia broke Russian hearts in the penalty shootout.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hailed Sweden's World Cup campaign, writing on Twitter that "every player should get a Golden Ball in Sweden."

Sweden's run ended when they were beaten 2-0 by England in the quarterfinals on Saturday, but former captain Ibrahimovic said Janne Andersson's side had enjoyed a memorable tournament.

"Every player should get a Golden Ball in Sweden," he wrote."What they did will be remembered forever. Thank you for the show."

Sweden's defeat meant Ibrahimovic lost a bet with David...

England fans don't let wedding season stop them from following England-Sweden match

Three Lion supporters Nadine and Lee Hanlon were not going to miss England-Sweden even on their wedding day.
Nadine and Lee Hanlon were not going to miss England-Sweden despite it being their wedding day.

With the summer comes warm weather, and with warm weather comes wedding season. Everyone getting married wants good photos, and a sunny day is usually the desired backdrop -- even if it forces men to sweat it out in their suits and tuxedos and women to heat up in their gowns!

When planning a wedding, Saturday, July 7, seemed like a decent date to get hitched in England. One problem: the World Cup quarterfinals.

Considering England's recent woes, maybe these couples figured incorrectly that England...


Zlatan Ibrahimovic loses England-Sweden bet to David Beckham

Steve McManaman and the FC crew agree Sweden did not ask many questions of England in the quarterfinals.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is headed to Wembley to watch England play in the near future and will be sporting a Three Lions shirt while downing fish and chips after losing a bet to former teammate David Beckham.

Ibrahimovic and Beckham -- teammates at four clubs during their playing days -- made a wager on the World Cup quarterfinal between England and Sweden on Saturday. England won 2-0, and now Ibrahimovic will have to live up to his end of the bargain.

Ibrahimovic's side of the bet would have had Beckham...