Analysis: Russia gets top marks for successful hosting of the World Cup, but can it keep it up?

Off the pitch, Russia's tourism sector should be set for a major boost by the positive reviews from the vast majority of the one million visitors.
Off the pitch, Russia's tourism sector should be set for a major boost by the positive reviews from the vast majority of the one million visitors. PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW - After 32 days of thrilling action, 64 matches, 169 goals and many more standout moments and memories, favourites France prevailed to win their second world title on Sunday (July 15).

But through Croatia's fairy-tale run to the final and Russia's equally improbable successful hosting of this World Cup, a captivated global audience has learnt about football's power, potential and possibilities.

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