Russia's neglected goal posts

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A goalpost stands in the village of Zhuravli, Crimea, May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov 
A goalpost stands at a tourist centre on the bank of the Belyo Lake in the Republic of Khakassia, Siberia, Russia, April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin 
A goalpost stands in front of an Orthodox church in the Siberian village of Tyulkovo in Krasnoyarsk region, Russia, April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin 
A goalpost stands in Yevpatoria, Crimea, April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov 
Goalposts lay on the ground as people gather at a flooded beach on the bank of the Volga River in Samara, Russia, May 5, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov 
A goalpost stands in the village of Lesnovka, Saksky district, Crimea, May 5, 2018. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov 
A man sits on a goalpost in the settlement of Novo-Schedrinskaya, Chechnya, Russia, April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Said Tsarnayev 
A goalpost stands in the village of Pribrezhnoye, Saksky region, Crimea, May 5, 2018. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov 
A goalpost stands in the village of Glinka, Saksky region, Crimea, May 5, 2018. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov 
Cossacks sit on a bench next to a goalpost covered with a screen during the traditional Cossack games outside the village of Arkhonskaya in the Republic of North Ossetia - Alania, Russia, March 18, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko 
A cadet holds a model of a sword in front of a goalpost as he trains at the stadium of the General Yermolov Cadet School in Stavropol, Russia, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko 
Goalposts stand in the town of Chkalovsky in Moscow region, Russia, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva 
People and dogs walk near a goalpost on the Ostrov Otdykha (the Island of Rest), located in the middle of the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin 
Self-made goalposts stand on a soccer pitch in Verkhnyaya Biryusa village, located in the Taiga area near the Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin 
A goalpost stands in Sevastopol, Crimea, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov 
A goalpost stands in the town of Dolgoprudny in the Moscow region, Russia, April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov 
Goats walk near a goalpost in the village of Pervomayskoye, Crimea, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov 
A dog stands near a goalpost in Ryazantsevo settlement in Yaroslavl region, Russia, May 13, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
A car is seen through a goalpost while driving along a road in the Siberian village of Tyulkovo, Krasnoyarsk region, Russia, April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin 
Children play with a puppy near a goalpost on a football pitch in the Siberian settlement of Novosyolovo, Krasnoyarsk region, Russia, April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin 
A boy rides a bicycle near a goalpost in Yevpatoria, Crimea, April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov 
A man runs near goalposts on a football pitch in a settlement in Stavropol region, Russia, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko 
A boy rides a gyro-scooter near a goalpost on a football pitch in the Siberian town of Divnogorsk, Russia, April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin 
A participant is seen through a goalpost during an amateur football tournament at a stadium made from straw and named Zenit Arena, in the settlement of Krasnoye in Stavropol region, Russia, July 22, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
A man rides a horse near a goalpost in the village of Bolshaya Dzhalga in Stavropol region, Russia, March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko 
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 
A boy hangs from a goalpost in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov 
A goalpost in a yard of a Stalin-era high-rise building in Moscow, Russia, May 27, 2018. Picture taken using long exposure and freeze light. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov 
Children play at 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 
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MOSCOW, May 30 (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.

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 fervor 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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