DW takes a close look at football squads playing in the World Cup Finals in Russia. We don't care about technique on the field, we focus on the look, the aura, the style.
Russians are embracing their role as hosts for jubilent soccer fans. While some commentators say the international guests will help dispel Western media myths, others argue the exchange could undermine Kremlin control.
World Cup players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer rely purely on skill, right? Not always. These players and coaches have quirky pre-match routines to secure that extra bit of good luck.
Hosts Russia thrashed Saudi Arabia in the opening match of World Cup 2018. Denis Cheryshev and Aleksandr Golovin both scored early contenders for goal of the tournament in an emphatic 5-0 win.
Russia expects to welcome around 3.5 million visitors during the soccer World Cup — and they all need somewhere to stay. DW correspondent Yulia Vishnevetskaya decided to advertise her apartment on Airbnb.
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