PV Sports Desk:
France Vs Croatia
We’re almost there – the 2018 World Cup final in Russia goes down on Sunday, and history awaits either France of Croatia.
Ahead of the game, which kicks off at 11pm Hong Kong time, here are all the statistics and nuggets of information that you need to know.
The final will be played in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which was opened in1956 and has a capacity of 80,000. Built in the 1950s as the flagship stadium of the Soviet Union, it hosted the 1980 Olympic Games and the 2008 Champions League final, when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties.
The match ball on Sunday is the Telstar 2018, a modern interpretation of the iconic Telstar used from 1970-74, based on a similar carcass to the 2014 Brazuca.
France are helmed by Didier Deschamps, who had a distinguished playing career as a defensive midfielder for Les Bleus.
The 49-year-old scored 4 goals in 103 caps, and lifted the 1998 World Cup on home soil as well as the 2000 European Championship in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic was also a defensive midfielder in his playing days, but never earned an international cap.
He was previously an assistant coach for the Croatia Under-21 team, and managed Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates before taking the national job in 2017.