May 30, 2018 / 10:15 AM / 3 months ago

Wider Image: Away from the World Cup, the secret lives of goalposts

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Never mind Russia’s state of the art World Cup stadiums, Reuters photographers have been capturing the eclectic settings of communities’ spartan goalposts and pitches.

Hay fills a goalpost during the traditional Cossack games outside the village of Arkhonskaya in the Republic of North Ossetia, Alania, Russia, March 18, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko/Files

The sometimes ramshackle goalposts were photographed in Russia and the Crimean peninsula, which it seized from Ukraine in 2014, giving a glimpse of life away from the fervour of a tournament that will be watched by fans from around the world.

Young Russians do pull-ups from the crossbar and run around on pitches in the shadow of golden onion domes, old Soviet concrete walls and modern high-rises.

Locals also find alternative uses for the rusty, netless posts that have seen better days. One man ties his goat to the upright, children take a dog for a walk, and a man gallops past another on horseback.

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Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams

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