Football players in the southern German city of Freiburg face an unusual challenge. The professional team's pitch is actually slanted by one meter. And it's not the only crooked pitch in Germany.
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.
Racist and xenophobic sentiments are widespread in Russian football, but a small group of fans are hoping to change that. The World Cup could provide a good opportunity to transform the country's supporter culture.
Paul Pogba's late lob spared France's blushes after Les Blues were taken to the wire by unfancied Australia. Pogba's intervention was neccessary after Mile Jedinak's penalty had levelled things up for Australia.
The World Cup is back. Until now, DW's Tamsin Walker has skillfully managed to keep her distance. But this time around, the tournament has come dangerously close to home.
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