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World Cup Russia Headlines

The Luzhniki stadium and the skyscrapers of the Moscow International...

Soccer World Cup de-toxifies Russia's global brand

When the last fan files out of Moscow's Luzhniki stadium on Sunday after the soccer World Cup final, Vladimir Putin can bask in the knowledge that his objective for the tournament has been met: Russia has, for now at least, been re-branded.

World Cup - Quarter Final - Russia vs Croatia

Croatia search for missing sparks ahead of England clash

They have experience, bags of talent and there is no questioning their fighting spirit yet there is something still strangely lacking in the Croatia team which has reached the World Cup semi-finals for the second time in their history.