Fireworks are set off after the medals ceremony following the 2018 World Cup final. Photo: AFP Fireworks are set off after the medals ceremony following the 2018 World Cup final. Photo: AFP
Fireworks are set off after the medals ceremony following the 2018 World Cup final. Photo: AFP
Michael Church
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Michael Church

Fifa World Cup: unrecognisable Russia at odds with its history as the well-heeled pay almost US$20,000 for lavish finale

A gleaming, resplendent and modern Luzhniki Stadium is a reflection of Vladimir Putin’s new Russia

Fireworks are set off after the medals ceremony following the 2018 World Cup final. Photo: AFP Fireworks are set off after the medals ceremony following the 2018 World Cup final. Photo: AFP
Fireworks are set off after the medals ceremony following the 2018 World Cup final. Photo: AFP
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Michael Church

Michael Church

Michael Church first started writing about football in Asia when he moved to Hong Kong in 1995 and he has covered every Asian Cup since 1996 and every World Cup since the finals were held in France in 1998. He spends much more time than is healthy sitting on planes and loitering in hotel lobbies and is also a committed fan of most things featuring loud, distorted guitars.