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Can soccer ease tensions between Moscow and the West? What does camp 1970s disco have to do with the German national squad? And why is Michaela's hamster eagerly awaiting this year's football World Cup in Russia? Damien McGuinness and Michaela Kuefner are joined by Vladimir Episov and Christian Trippe to chat animal oracles and sketchy soccer songs.
Russia is spending billions on its most important event since the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics. The World Cup is an opportunity to showcase Russia’s finest cities, and the country's goodwill and hospitality. Security at the soccer tournament has always been a top priority, and officials say they’re doing everything in their power to organise a safe World Cup, as Jessica King reports.
World Cup fans are already adding a party atmosphere to the streets of Russian host cities. For many it’s the trip of a lifetime, and they’ve forked out enormous sums of money just to be there. But for some, costs are likely to blow out as local businesses raise prices.