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It wasn't only on the pitch that everything moved fast at the World Cup. Social media was also in full flow with players, famous guests and fans sharing photos and videos of their various stories and activities in Russia. We saw national teams conducting match preparations and enjoying down-time, but also euphorically celebrating victories and sadly dealing with defeat. We learned more about football technicalities, as well as many things the public don't usually get to see. Here are some of the most popular posts.
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COACH GARETH SOUTHGATE CAME UP WITH A GREAT WAY TO RELIEVE TENSION.
ENGLAND PLAYERS SWAM WITH UNICORNS
THE URUGUAYANS ENJOY A BARBECUE IN NIZHNY NOVGOROD
DIEGO GODÍN AND JOSÉ GIMÉNEZ TOOK THEIR TEAM OUT TO CELEBRATE ADVANCING TO THE KNOCKOUT STAGE.
JAPANESE GRATITUDE
AFTER THEIR DEFEAT IN THE KNOCKOUT STAGE, THE JAPAN TEAM CLEANED THE LOCKER ROOMS AND THANKED RUSSIA FOR THE COMPETITION. COME VISIT US AGAIN!
PAUL POGBA UPLOADED A VIDEO OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONS' CELEBRATION WITH FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON.
A DANCE WITH THE PRESIDENT
PEPE THEN AND NOW
THE TOURNAMENT HOSTS DECORATED THE PORTUGAL TEAM'S BASE CAMP WITH PHOTOS OF THE PLAYERS, INCLUDING FROM THEIR CHILDHOOD, TO HELP THEM FEEL AT HOME.
A SURPRISE FOR THE FRENCH
ANTOINE GRIEZMANN FOUND A PORTRAIT OF HIMSELF AT THE FRENCH TEAM'S BASE CAMP.
RONALDO'S CULTURAL PROGRAMME
THE LEGENDARY BRAZILIAN TOOK A KICK SCOOTER RIDE AROUND MOSCOW.
WILL SMITH IN RED SQUARE
THE FAMOUS ACTOR AND MUSICIAN PERFORMED AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY AND TOOK HOME THIS LASTING IMAGE.
ENGLAND DREAMS OF THE TROPHY COMING HOME
THE ROYAL AIR FORCE SHOWED ITS SUPPORT FOR THE ENGLAND TEAM WITH THIS IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY BEFORE THE SEMI-FINALS.
THE NEYMAR MURAL
BRAZIL'S ACE STRIKER WILL HAVE ENJOYED SEEING HIMSELF FROM THE WINDOW OF HIS TEAM'S HOTEL IN KAZAN.