The 2018 FIFA World Cup of football was hosted by Russia from June 14 to July 15. Thirty-two teams took part in the 21st edition of the world's biggest international football tournament.
Russia was granted the right to host the 2018 World Cup after a vote by the FIFA Executive Commitee in late 2010, the same meeing at which the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar.
World Cup winner Mario Götze has left the Bundesliga after signing a two-year deal with Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven. Elsewhere, Bayern Munich completed four signings to close out the window. Recap the deadline day deals.
World Cup winner Nadine Angerer now works for Portland Thorns in the USA. She told DW she welcomes the addition of a new team backed by Serena Williams and says the Black Lives Matters movement has changed her thinking.
He's known across the world for his starring role in Germany's 2014 World Cup win. But Andre Schürrle has now retired at 29, bravely admitting that the mental demands of top level football had stopped his enjoyment.