Florence, Italy - Already bored of the soccer World Cup with its single ball, earth-bound players and tiresome reliance on the laws of physics?
More than 6 000km away from Moscow, in the Italian city of Florence, the United States swept to victory at the weekend in a much more magical contest - the Quidditch World Cup, based on the game dreamt up in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.
More than 800 players from as far afield as Iceland and Hong Kong took part in the tournament - the largest yet staged in the muggle universe.
In the real-life game, two teams of seven players run around with broomsticks between their legs and engage in a full-contact, co-ed contest with elements of rugby, dodgeball and wrestling.
In the early rounds it was favourites USA and Australia who set the pace in the groups stages, played in sweltering temperatures.