As the World Cup kicks off in Moscow, Amnesty International's Stefan Simanowitz reflects on the similarities between the beautiful game and international human rights.
Here's a roundup of the World Cup opener.
Who scored the first ever hat trick? Which player was shot following an own goal? If you think you know all this and more, our 20 question World Cup trivia quiz is for you. Test your knowledge here.
Nine elephants, painted with flags of countries competing in the 2018 event in Russia, played a 15-minute football match to raise awareness against illegal gambling
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The Saint-Petersburg Stadium is thought to be one of the most expensive sporting arenas ever assembled, the 67,000-seater costing almost €1 billion.
After pressure from Palestinians, Argentina won't play in Jerusalem.
Did this mattress company accidentally reveal Belgium’s World Cup roster?
England played a friendly against Nigeria before jetting off to the World Cup in Russia.
World Cup fever is mounting in much of the world but these students at Moscow State University are not going football crazy.
Spains 23-man World Cup squad has been announced with some surprises.
There have been calls for Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Manchester City's İlkay Gündoğan to be excluded from Germany's World Cup squad after posing for photos with Turkey's controversial President.
Khalida Popal was the first captain of the woman's football team in Afghanistan until she was forced to flee after receiving death threats from the Taliban.
The programme aims to encourage youngsters around the world to play football
President Gianni Infantino says VAR will bring more transparent and fairer football.
Video replays set to be used at World Cup after IFAB approval.
The world's most expensive player may take three months to recuperate.
Young persons' sporting and cultural programme opens in Moscow.
Wales have appointed former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs as their manager on a four-year contract
Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will miss next year's football World Cup finals after being handed a one-year ban for taking cocaine
Country's first qualification since '82 sees crowds on streets, public holiday declared.
Australia beat Honduras 3-1 on aggregate to book place in Russia for fourth World Cup in a row.
The heat is on for Italy ahead of tonights's second-leg playoff against Sweden.
Switzerland's 1-0 win over Northern Ireland was marked by controversy
Moving on from the group stages, the play-offs will now decide who will take the final spots in the World Cup 2018
Paris Saint Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi was interrogated for hours by Swiss prosectors investigating the sale of World Cup media rights