World Cup 2018 Soccer Stories

BBC Sport's Soccer Stories explores the tales of success from some of the 2018 Fifa World Cup's biggest stars.

From humble beginnings to the world's greatest stage, we hear from coaches, friends and family of Harry Kane, Paul Pogba, Luis Suarez, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Mohamed Salah.

We also go inside the Nigeria dressing room with forward Alex Iwobi, discover the history of the World Cup match ball and capture the mixed emotions of the winners and losers in the semi-final and final in Russia.

Harry Kane - England

BBC Sport charts the journey of England's Harry Kane from Ridgeway Rovers to Tottenham Hotspur and the 2018 World Cup.

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The making of England's Kane

Paul Pogba - France

The story of France's Paul Pogba progression from small suburban town Roissy-en-Brie to Manchester United and the 2018 World Cup.

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The making of France's Pogba

Luis Suarez - Uruguay

We explore the highs and lows of one of football's most explosive characters, Uruguay's Luis Suarez.

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The making of Uruguay's Suarez

Raheem Sterling - England

In this exclusive interview, England forward Raheem Sterling credits his mum for steering him in the right direction in life.

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I could have gone down wrong life path - Sterling

Kevin De Bruyne - Belgium

The Belgian star who dazzled the Premier League in 2017-18 is hoping for a similar impact at the World Cup. Here, we chart his journey to becoming one of the world's best.

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The making of Belgium's De Bruyne

Alex Iwobi - Nigeria

The Arsenal midfielder reveals his greatest career moments, the best and worst room-mates in the squad, and even gives us a preview of Nigeria's Shaku Shaku dance routine.

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I still need to learn my Nigeria's Shaku Shaku dance moves - Iwobi

Mohamed Salah - Egypt

Mohamed Salah's first professional coach says the Egyptian player could become the best footballer in the world. We catch up with the man who inspired Salah to greatness.

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'Mohamed Salah could be like Pele'

The history of the World Cup match ball

Freestyle world champion Liv Cooke takes us on a spin through the history of the World Cup match ball.

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History of World Cup match ball - with freestyle world champion Cooke

Why England fans will return as heroes

England's bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 may be over - but these fans are optimistic about the future.

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England fans and celebrities are calling for "a heroes' welcome" home for the players

France's triumph and Croatia's tears

Fans from both nations experience the joy and pain of the World Cup final.

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Paris erupts into celebration as Zagreb weeps after France beats Croatia

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