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China Fans Hit World Cup Despite Team’s Absence

Though almost invisible at previous tournaments, Chinese fans are impossible to miss at this year’s World Cup. Russian stadiums are filled with with droves of dedicated fans. (June 21)

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World Cup brings no lasting cheer for Russian beer

Football fans from around the world are flocking to Russia’s bars, beer gardens and craft beer pubs, to quench their thirst as the World Cup heats up. But the surge in sales will not have a lasting impact on Russia’s beer industry, where consumption has been losing fizz for years.

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England football delegates lay flowers at Stalingrad memorial

Representatives of the England Football Association and the British embassy lay wreaths at the Stalingrad battle memorial in the Russian city of Volgograd ahead of Monday’s game between England and Tunisia.