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.
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.
In his second blog from Moscow, Nigerian journalist Samson Omale describes his experiences in getting to grips with the sheer size of the host country and learning how to walk the Russian way.
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