Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Kaliningrad students have come up with the game "Atomic football." Two seven-man teams in traditional winter ear-flapped hats and felt boots play soccer with 14 balls of two different colors.
Hooligans and Iranian women heading to the stadium, Maradona and Pelé showcasing their skills: To get in the mood ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, here are 11 of our favorite soccer movies.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in 12 Russian football arenas. Many were specially refurbished, others purpose-built. Paying for their maintenance will be challenging for cities once the excitement dies down.
The never-completed TV tower in Yekaterinburg, Russia's fourth-largest city, has been razed ahead of the soccer tournament. Popular with locals, officials said the 220-meter structure "disfigured the city landscape."
Russian soccer champion Spartak Moscow has been accused of racism after a tweet which appeared to refer to its black players as "chocolates." Authorities have said they will crack down on racism ahead of the World Cup.
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