From Russia with love - Brief stories from the World Cup - 8 months ago, 14 June 14:13

By: Afp


AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed as the World Cup starts in Russia.

Cast a spell on you


With the help of two priestesses and a rain stick shaped like an ancient Mesoamerican god, Mexico's "Grand Warlock" has cast a spell to help the national team.

In a public ceremony, Antonio Vazquez — better known as the psychic "El Brujo Mayor" — invoked the plumed serpent god Quetzalcoatl to help Mexico end their 32-year wait to reach the quarter-finals.

The Mexicans have lost in the last 16 in six successive World Cups.

"Quetzalcoatl, give me all your force and power to break through heaven's doors," he said, his long white beard standing out against his green Mexico jersey.

Up in the gods

People seated in the Yekaterinburg Arena's now-infamous temporary stands behind each goal will certainly need to be fit.

Fans will have to scale 250 metal steps to reach ...
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