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Circus artists in knots watching Russia's heart-breaking defeat

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Is there anything more unlucky than having to work when your country are playing in the World Cup quarter-finals?


Need a World Cup mural? Russian paints giant portrait of his wife on Moscow wall

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of a Russian advertising agency tasked with decorating Moscow facades ahead of the soccer World Cup used the opportunity to commission a 12-storey high mural of his wife.


Nigeria fans heartbroken after World Cup exit

LAGOS (Reuters) - Supporters of Nigeria's soccer team described their heartbreak after watching the elimination of the national side from the World Cup on Tuesday following a late Argentina goal.


Once-closed Russian city opens doors for the World Cup

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - During the Soviet era, foreigners were prohibited from entering the closed city of Nizhny Novgorod, the site of secret weapons programmes and the city where the famous dissident Andrei Sakharov was sent into internal exile.


Ukrainian artist paints Russia's World Cup in grisly light

KIEV (Reuters) - Soccer players at the World Cup will not be kicking skulls around the field, but that is what they are doing in posters created by a Ukrainian artist as a protest against the event being held in Russia.


Street painting of 'Egyptian King' Salah unveiled in Liverpool

LONDON (Reuters) - A street mural of footballer Mohamed Salah was painted in Liverpool on Friday ahead of his team's Champions League final against Real Madrid, replicating images that have popped up across Egypt.


World Cup divides fans with 'Live It Up' Will Smith anthem

LONDON (Reuters) - Soccer's World Cup organisers divided fans by releasing the tournament's official song on Friday - a fast-paced dance tune titled "Live It Up" featuring American actor and rapper Will Smith.


New PSG boss Tuchel backs 'artist' Neymar to express himself

(Reuters) - Brazilian forward Neymar is an "artist" and Paris St Germain need to build their team around the 26-year-old if they are to get the best out of him, the Ligue 1 club's new manager Thomas Tuchel has said.


World Cup goals; Scored in Russia, made in Poland

GDANSK, Poland (Reuters) - It takes artistry to win the World Cup -- and to make the goals that the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be aiming at next month.


Masters will be more than a one-man show as Tiger returns from the wilderness

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - The unmistakable presence of Tiger Woods looms large over the U.S. Masters but a bunch of talented, hungry and in-form players ensure that the year's first major championship will be much more than a one-man show.