The 2018 World Cup kicks off in a few months in Russia. Ahead of the star-studded staging of the draw for the tournament, DW's Emily Sherwin checked out the mood among Russian fans.
In the end, World Cup 2018 belonged to France. But the path to Sunday's final was far from predictable. Fallen giants, rising stars, VAR controversies and 70 set piece goals all played a part. DW takes a look back.
After the win over heavyweights Saudi Arabia, tiny Qatar look a real threat in the knockout stages of the Asian Cup. The success of the 2022 World Cup hosts comes despite a regional trade blockade and power struggle.
They enter the World Cup with low expectations and a low FIFA ranking, but Russia's players are determined to prove their critics wrong. The hosts' opener could prove critical to their hopes of making World Cup history.
FIFA has opened a disciplinary case against Mexico after supporters used a homophobic chant during their team's 1-0 victory over Germany. The fans could have their "Fan ID" confiscated.
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