Russia has invested billions in hosting the World Cup. But little of that has trickled down to the country's small soccer clubs. Outside of Russia's big cities, some stadiums are still in disrepair, and pitches need to be refurbished.
The World Cup, which is now coming to an end, has offered surprises in many ways. The greatest and most beautiful was the cheerful atmosphere in Russia's cities, says Juri Rescheto.
Leroy Sane and Niklas Süle both scored their first goal for Germany as Joachim Löw's side eased past Russia. Löw made a number of changes and several young players impressed as the hosts blew Russia away early on.
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.
Russian footballers Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamayev are the subject of a criminal investigation for hooliganism. The pair are accused of carrying out violent attacks in Moscow, which were captured on CCTV.
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