In the 19th Swamp Soccer World Championships in the small town of Hyrynsalmi, the Russian team Lakes Profi won their second consecutive title by beating Finland's Horstin Honkays in the final in a penalty shootout.
Putin was at Russia's opening game against Saudi Arabia but skipped the following four — despite the national side, the tournament's lowest-ranking, defying expectations and reaching the quarter-finals.
Rescue teams in northern Thailand were giving crash courses in swimming and diving on Wednesday as part of complex preparations to extract a young soccer team trapped in a cave, and hoping for a swift end to their harrowing 11-day ordeal.
A new French documentary looks back at the 20 years since a victory that made all of France proud. In it, defender Lilian Thuram wonders: ”The French team was composed of players of different colors and different religions; can we also accept this in our society, outside of sports?”