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Congratulations France, well done hosts Russia! - 9 months ago, 16 July 00:42

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Over the past one month, the world has been united by sport — specifically the Fifa World Cup, whose final was played last night in Moscow.

France may have reclaimed the trophy after a thrilling final against a brave Croatia side but, ultimately, sport was the biggest winner. The 32-nation tournament has drawn many positives — including technological revolution introduced through the use of video assistant referees (VAR).

For hosts Russia, the competition was a major public relations coup and fitting return on investment for a nation that spent $13 billion (Sh1.3 trillion) to put together the most popular sports event.

Political tensions ahead of the tournament almost led to a boycott by some Western nations, principally England, following a diplomatic spat between Moscow and London ensuing from incidents involving Soviet-made nerve agent Novichok in England.

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