Chechnya is Putin's link to the Arab world, and it’s the base of the Egyptian national team during the World Cup. Ramzan Kadyrov, the autocratic Head of the Chechen Republic gets a kick out of posing with international soccer stars.
The streets of Zagreb have turned into a sea of red and white chequered colors. Celebration of Croatia's World Cup success was expected to continue into the night.
Croatia is euphoric after the country's run to the last four of the World Cup. But problems are being ignored, including scandals surrounding the stars of the national team. Any criticism is considered unpatriotic.
With four Arab teams at the World Cup, hopes were high one would reach the round of 16. Instead, all four are headed home after the group stage. Meanwhile Egyptian star Mohamed Salah has sparked controversy in Chechnya.
Russia are through to the quarterfinals of their own World Cup after eliminating 2010 winners Spain on penalties. The game finished 1-1 after Spain struggled to break down the resolute hosts.
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