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    Development of physical culture and sport in Russia for 2006-2015

    Post  George1 on Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:52 pm

    http://sportreestr.ru/content/news/detail.php?SECTION_ID=71&ELEMENT_ID=11317

    Funding for sport in the Arkhangelsk region are planning to triple 28/09/2012

    Arkhangelsk regional government has made changes to the regional target program "Sport White Sea (2011-2014)." Its funding from the regional budget will increase from 75 million in the year to 209 million in 2013, as reported in the press service of the regional government.

    It must be recalled that the program "Sport White Sea" which is designed for four years, was adopted in 2010, and in 2013 the regional budget was planned only 20 million rubles. This amount does not actually give a guarantee of all obligations of the program. This, in turn, would deprive athletes of Pomerania from traveling to the Russian Championship, to acquire a quality sports equipment and equipment. Municipalities would be left without support during public events and is unlikely to have the opportunity to declare their representatives to participate in the regional multi-sport event. Necessary repairs to the sports facilities would not have been taken in respect of shortage of appropriated funds.

    Realizing that sports complex solves many of the social issues in the region, highlighting the development of sport and physical culture in Pomerania, the construction of new sports facilities and reconstruction of facilities, the need to support municipalities, Regional Ministry for Youth and Sport launched an initiative to increase funding for the program "Sport White Sea" . Thus, the implementation of its activities in the following year prompted more of an additional 189 million rubles from the regional budget. And in 2014, decided to send an additional 200 million. For all four years will be allocated to the program over 1 billion 146 million rubles (about 475 million of federal money, 567 million of the 104 million regional and local budgets). Recall was originally a four-year program to support and develop sports in Pomorie in a planned 291 million rubles.

    "Together with the Ministry of Construction and Regional Housing, we have done a great job of raising the federal funds - said Elena Dotsenko, Minister of Youth and Sports. - In particular, a number of our projects will receive support from the federal and regional budgets, including sports and health center in the stadium "Trud".

    As the minister said, the funds under the program "Sport White Sea" in 2013, will also for the construction and reconstruction of other sports facilities in a number of municipalities. Already this year, is scheduled commissioning of sports and recreation center in the village Severoonezhsk Plesetsk District. By 2013, it will complete construction of a sports center with a game room and a pool in Archangel, built playground at school number 7 in Kotlas. In 2014, plans to build ski and biathlon center in the village of robin Ustyansky district.

    Increased funding will allow for increased maintenance in the field of sports facilities, equip them with the necessary equipment and sufficient equipment. Also, the money will be used to ensure the athletes out of the region at the national and international competitions, the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic relays lights in the Arkhangelsk region, training of specialists in physical culture, regional competitions, sports days and of sports and sporting events, the festival of martial arts, " White Sea Games "," Summer Sports "," White Sea rhythms, "marathon" Gandvik "Solovki Regatta and others.

    "We all know that 2013 - the year of the Universiade in Kazan, the 2014-th - Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi. 2016 - Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Necessary to prepare the reserve in sport - said Elena Dotsenko . - Look how much we have gold medals in this year's "Gold" at the Paralympic Games in London took Svetlana Sergeeva, athlete-coach sports training center "Pomerania". Kosintseva sisters brought victory with the World Chess Olympiad. This year our athletes Pomorie brought more than 900 medals, this is a huge potential: If a program were in the form in which it was adopted the previous leadership of the region, we could advance to give up important results in sports for our area in the coming years ", reports IA REGNUM.

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    Post  flamming_python on Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:25 pm

    In St. Petersburg over the past few years; outdoor exercise yards (complete with all sorts of pneumatic-based, muscle-building machines), children's playgrounds and 'sport-cities' (just a bunch of monkey ladders, pull-up & exercise bars in a 10m x 10m area; maybe with a tennis-court or small football pitch next to it) - have been mushrooming like crazy. Now there is at least one of these things in every residential apartment block and green space.

    Certainly a positive development; I've noticed plenty of people making use of them.

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    Post  George1 on Mon May 13, 2013 5:58 pm

    Saint Petersburg 2028 Olympics bid fan pagehttps://www.facebook.com/SaintPetersburg2024

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    Post  George1 on Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:30 am

    This is a forum that follows all olympic sports for anyone who is interested
    http://totallympics.com/forum.php

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    Post  AlfaT8 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:42 pm

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    Flameless torch puts spotlight on heroic champion

    Russian media were up in arms when the Olympic torch went out at the Kremlin on Sunday. It was relit by a security guard. The spotlight was back on the man with the torch, although the fact he was a Soviet champion who had saved many lives was overlooked.

    Immediately after the incident, Russian social network users and media representatives started to question the symbolism of the whole ceremony of kindling the fire from the sun’s rays in Olympia, Greece and spending so much effort to bring the flame to Moscow.

    Certain members of the Russian clergy stated it was the will of God as the flame was lit in worship to pagan Gods. “The fire was kindled with a prayer to Zeus and Apollo by a certain high priestess," said a deacon, Andrey Kurayev, adding that it is the reason the holy Orthodox sites located in the Kremlin did not let the fire pass through the premises.

    Others called the scene of the federal security officer relighting the torch with a Zippo lighter “surrealistic.”
    http://rt.com/news/olympic-torch-relay-moscow-854/

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    Post  George1 on Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:18 am

    MOSCOW, December 26 (R-Sport) – Ticket sales for Formula One’s first Russian Grand Prix will start March 4, organizers said Thursday.

    F1’s Russian debut is set for October 12 at a new circuit that winds around the venues for February’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.

    “The main channel to buy [tickets] will be the website of the Russian Grand Prix promoter, which will start operations in February,” the race’s promoters said in a statement to media.

    The support events for the Grand Prix will be GP2, GP3 and Porsche Supercup races, organizers said.

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    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:47 pm

    Spartak Moscow Hockey Club Unlikely to Get Bailout, Minister Suggests

    ST. PETERSBURG, April 8 (R-Sport) - One of Europe’s best-known hockey clubs, Spartak Moscow, is unlikely to be rescued from its current financial plight with government funds, Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Tuesday.

    Spartak won fame as a four-time Soviet champion and key source of players for the national team’s “Big Red Machine,” but has failed to thrive in Eastern Europe’s modern KHL league and was tipped into a financial crisis when its sponsor Investbank collapsed in December.

    Spartak’s reliance on private funds was a comparative rarity in Russia, where most professional sports teams are backed by funds from regional governments or state-controlled companies, but hopes of a government rescue appeared to be dashed Tuesday.

    A delegation of Spartak representatives arrived at the Sports Ministry on Tuesday morning, expecting to speak with Mutko, but they were turned away.

    “It wasn’t in my meeting plans today. Maybe I’ll meet in the coming days, today, tomorrow,” Mutko told R-Sport.

    Mutko suggested that Spartak was not an attractive target for a government bailout.

    “I don’t have the possibility to give out 700 million. The product has to be interesting. The club has to be interesting,” he said. Seven hundred million rubles is around $20 million. It's unclear what he was referring to; perhaps the wage bill.

    Several Spartak players have left the club as free agents in recent months under a KHL procedure allowing the league to declare contracts invalid if players go unpaid.

    Spartak has repeatedly been in financial peril in recent years and has one of the oldest and smallest arenas - the 1950s Sokolniki Sports Palace that seats 5,500 - in the KHL. It skipped the entire 2006-07 season as a result of financial trouble, and last qualified for the KHL playoffs in 2011.

    Spartak won the Soviet title four times and regularly finished second behind its fierce rival CSKA Moscow, but is trophyless since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The club has won the international invitational Spengler Cup five times, but most recently in 1990.

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    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:13 pm

    On the rebound: The dilemma facing Russian hockey

    After Russia’s hockey failure at its home Olympics, ideas differ on how best to rebuild. The root of the problem may lie in the conflicted identity of the Kontinental Hockey League – should it be a rival to the NHL or an incubator for the Russian national team?

    Amid Russia’s cascade of gold medals at its home Sochi Olympics last month, there was one black mark on the host nation’s record.

    Of all the sports on the program, men’s hockey has the widest following in Russia and the national team’s 3-1 defeat to Finland in the quarterfinals was nothing short of a catastrophe.

    “The most disgraceful and disastrous performance in the entire history of the Olympic Games,” one online commenter raged in all caps. “A disgrace for everyone who was on the ice or on the coaches’ bench.” Another was more succinct. “Fire them all.”

    Change at the top
    Zinetula Bilyaletdinov: Russia’s ice hockey coach

    Zinetula Bilyaletdinov: Russia’s ice hockey coach

    National team coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov raged against the dying of the light, taunting journalists to “eat me alive” in the aftermath of the Finland game, but he was fired shortly after Canada beat Sweden 3-0 for the gold medal.

    The start of a rebuilding process began on March 26 when Bilyaletdinov’s replacement was named. Oleg Znarok, who has coached Dynamo Moscow to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) championship in the last two seasons, is to take charge of Russia for the world championships in May.

    Znarok (sometimes known as Olegs Znaroks in a nod to his Latvian connections) is best known internationally for coaching Latvia at the 2010 Olympics, but during his time at Dynamo has become known for his devotion to playing a team game on the ice, without much reliance on star players.

    For Russia, which in Sochi looked more like a group of individuals than a team, Znarok’s approach could be just what’s needed.

    A foreign affair

    One option that was never on the table, despite something of a campaign by some Russian hockey writers, was bringing in a non-Russian coach (Znarok may hold German and Latvian citizenship, but he was born in Russia).

    A string of foreign coaches, most recently Italian Fabio Capello, have turned the Russian soccer team around in the last 10 years, but the deeply traditionalist Russian Hockey Federation remains wedded to the notion that a Russian must coach the team, even though that means choosing a coach who has little contact with the country’s North American-based NHL stars.
    World Cup 2014: Capello building Russian team

    World Cup 2014: Capello building Russian team

    Meanwhile, there has also been a growth in the number of foreign coaches in the KHL, the main league for Russia and Eastern Europe. The most prominent this season is Dave King, who coached the Canadian team at three Olympics, winning silver in 1992.

    In a twist of fate, King and Znarok met in the first round of this season’s KHL playoffs. Znarok’s Dynamo came in as reigning champion and top seed, but fell in a seven-game thriller to King’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, which plays a high-tempo forechecking game in the opponent’s zone.

    Lokomotiv now has the upper hand in its Western Conference semi-final duel with another big name team, SKA St. Petersburg.

    A win there would continue a fairytale run for Lokomotiv, which lost its entire roster and coaching staff in an air crash in 2011 and has been gradually rebuilding as a club ever since.

    The contradictions of the KHL

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    The Olympic aftermath has also shown how the KHL as a whole is torn between its struggle to rival the NHL as a major international competition and a more Soviet-style view of club hockey as an incubator for the national team.

    While 28 teams in eight countries play in the KHL, 21 of those teams are in Russia and the league’s president is Russian politician Alexander Medvedev, meaning it can never quite be considered politically independent.

    The clearest example of that is in the league’s limits on foreign players. Russian teams can have a maximum of five non-Russians on the roster, but the equivalent limits for non-Russian teams are so lax as to be meaningless.

    The stated aim is to ensure that young Russian talents get ice time without being crowded out by foreigners, but in practice means that mid-level older Russians can ask for higher wages, secure in the knowledge that one of the Russian teams will have to meet those demands to fill its roster.

    Meanwhile, the non-Russian clubs can hire cheaper U.S. and Scandinavian players at will, creating rosters that can compete for a fraction of the cost.

    While the disparity has always been there, the KHL’s expansion has brought matters to a head this season. Three non-Russian teams are in the last eight of the playoffs, the highest number ever, and with much smaller budgets than their Russian opponents.

    In the starkest contrast, tiny Croatian team Medvescak Zagreb stacked its roster with minor-league North Americans (and ex-NHL All-Star Jonathan Cheechoo) and finished above CSKA Moscow in the regular season despite having less than one-eighth the payroll of the Russian club. In effect, the foreigner limit is acting as a brake on Russian clubs.

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    The KHL clubs have voted overwhelmingly for a modest raise in the foreigner cap next season, but that could be blocked after Russian President Vladimir Putin used a televised address to signal his disapproval.

    While the government can’t formally alter KHL rules, most of the 21 Russian clubs in the league rely on the state for funding, so a U-turn could be on the agenda.

    Whatever happens, the question of how Russian hockey should bounce back from its Olympic failure is sure to prompt heated debate for a long time to come.
    Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines - http://rbth.com/sport/2014/03/27/on_the_rebound_the_dilemma_facing_russian_hockey_35421.html)

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    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:14 pm

    FIFA turns down U.S. request to ban Russia from hosting the 2018 World Cup

    The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has turned down a request by U.S. senators to ban Russia's national team from participating in the World Cup in 2014 and strip Russia of its right to host the world soccer championship in 2018.

    In early March, Senators Mark Kirk and Dan Coats sent FIFA a request to suspend Russia's membership in the organization. According to them, in Crimea, Russia violated Article 3 of the FIFA statutes on discrimination based on racial, political or other grounds.

    It was unlikely from the beginning that the senators would receive any answer to their appeal. At FIFA, as well as UEFA, they frown on outsiders who try to meddle in their affairs, especially when they try to mix soccer and politics.

    But yesterday U.S. media sources published a reply signed by FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.

    "We would like to emphasize that teams participate in the World Cup and other competitions under the auspices of FIFA solely on the basis of the principle of sports and nothing else."
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    FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said much the same in a comment on the senators' request. "On behalf of FIFA and all national federations, I urge us to unite our efforts and to protect the game from the interference of politics and politicians."

    UEFA is in full agreement with FIFA. UEFA president Michel Platini also reacted quite sharply to this question.

    "We are tired of such requests," said Platini. “If you want to boycott, boycott the embassy, interfere with economic transactions. Just don't expect anything from us. Unfortunately, there are lots of people in the world who don't like sports, and they are aren't afraid to show it, speaking out with requests like this. Let politicians take care of politics. Sports needs to be a place that brings people together."

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    Post  George1 on Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:06 pm


    19 cities, including St. Pete, bid for the right to host Euro-2020

    19 cities, including St. Petersburg, have submitted bids for the right to host the UEFA Euro -2020, according to the UEFA website. The aspirants are Baku, Azerbaijan; Minsk, Belarus; Brussels, Belgium; Sofia, Bulgaria; Copenhagen, Denmark; London, England; Skopje, Macedonia; Munich, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; Jerusalem, Israel; Rome, Italy; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Dublin, Ireland; Bucharest, Romania; St. Petersburg, Russia; Glasgow, Scotland; Bilbao, Spain; Stockholm, Sweden; Cardiff, Wales.

    Bids for the right to host semifinals and the final game have only been submitted by England (Wembley Stadium) and Germany (Allianz Arena).

    During a meeting in Lausanne in December 2012, the UEFA Executive Committee chaired by UEFA President Michel Platini took the decision to hold a 'UEFA Euro for Europe' in 2020, rather than a tournament in one or two countries.

    In January 2013, the UEFA Executive said that the finals games would be played in 13 cities.
    Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_26/19-cities-including-St-Pete-bid-for-the-right-to-host-Euro-2020-6275/

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    Post  George1 on Tue May 13, 2014 12:53 pm

    Moscow Could Replace Rio as Host of 2016 Olympics

    MOSCOW, May 12 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian capital is being considered as a possible replacement host for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games amid doubts that facilities in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro will be completed on time, a source in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told R-Sport Monday.

    The source added that Moscow's ability to afford the Games was still a question, and that the city could face a few difficulties in preparing certain sport facilities, such as in sailing, equestrian events and cycling.

    The London Evening Standard reported last week that the IOC had secretly asked if the British capital, which hosted the 2012 Olympics, would be able to take over from Rio de Janeiro because of the delays in Brazil’s preparations.

    The International Olympic Committee said there is "not a shred of truth" to the British newspaper’s report.

    Meanwhile, the IOC source said it was highly likely that London venues could be used for the 2016 Games, adding that this decision would be taken after the FIFA World Cup Brazil, to be held between June 12 and July 13.

    “The transfer of the Olympics to London is possible. I think the procedure will be like this: the IOC will wait for the results of the World Cup and how they will hold it, and will take a decision after, if no progress is made,” the source said.

    With two years to go before the Games, Rio has come under severe scrutiny for chronic delays. IOC Vice President John Coates called Brazil’s preparations “the worst” he had ever witnessed.

    London hosted the Olympic Games in an emergency in 1908, replacing Rome after a disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

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    Post  George1 on Wed May 28, 2014 3:06 pm

    Putin Hails Russian Hockey Team World Victory as Important for Promoting Sports

    MOSCOW, May 27 (RIA Novosti) – The victory of Russian team at the 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship is significant for the development of hockey and other sports within the country, President Vladimir Putin said during a prize-giving ceremony for team members in the Kremlin.

    “Our triumph in Minsk is very important for promoting hockey and sport within the country,” Putin said.

    He underlined that with its superb performance, the team made a contribution to the victorious traditions of Russian hockey. The Russian president underlined that the sportsmen defeated their rivals despite the numerous injures they had suffered in the course of the championship.

    Putin said that one of the main problems of the Russian national team was lack of coordination between the players from different clubs, but by the time the world cup started, the issue had been resolved. The president congratulated the new coach of the team, Oleg Znarok, on the accomplishment and expressed hope that the team will repeat this success in 2016, when the tournament will be held in Russia.

    On Sunday, Russia defeated Finland 5-2 in the finals of the 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk to be crowned the world’s best hockey team for the fourth time in the last seven years.

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    Post  George1 on Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:50 am

    Sharapova supreme once more at French Open

    Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years at Roland Garros on Saturday, defeating Romania's Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 in a gripping final, the first to go the full distance in Paris in 13 years and the second longest on record.

    It was the 27-year-old Russian's fifth Grand Slam title, bringing her level with Martina Hingis in the all-time list and it came 10 years after she won her first major at Wimbledon 2004.

    Sharapova, who completed a career sweep of all four Grand Slam titles in Paris in 2012 before losing to Serena Williams last year, also moved to number two on the all-time prize money earnings, with only the American ahead of her.

    But it took all her legendary grit and resolve to recover from the loss of the second set on a tie-break after she had stood just two points away from the title at 5/3.

    "It's the toughest Grand Slam final I have ever played," said Sharapova.

    The consolation for Halep, whose meteoric rise to the top bracket in women's tennis over the last 18 months has projected her as a potential champion, was that she will climb to a career-high third in the world rankings.

    The two finalists reached the championship match in starkly contrasting styles.

    Fourth-seeded Halep did not drop a single set in her six matches, while seventh-seed Sharapova needed to battle back from first set losses in her three previous outings.

    But experience was massively on the Russian's side. This was her ninth Grand Slam final dating back 10 years, while Halep was playing in her first at the age of 22.

    Sharapova also towered over her opponent at 1.88 metres (6 feet 2 inches) compared to Halep's 1.68 metres (5 feet six inches).

    It was yet another shaky start from Sharapova as the final got underway on a sun-splashed and sultry centre court.

    She dropped serve in the first game and was soon 2-0 down, but the Russian promptly found her range and she was back level after a thrilling fourth game that saw several deuces and some big hitting from both ends.

    "I can't believe that at 27 I have won the French Open more times than any other Grand Slam."

    In what was developing into a final of the highest quality, the first five games all went to deuce, but it was Sharapova who was gradually gaining the ascendancy.

    She broke Halep's serve again, this time to 15, to lead 4-2, but three games later her suspect serve once more let her down and the Romanian broke back.

    Halep thought was unable to level the score as she dropped serve for the third time, handing Sharapova the set in 57 minutes.

    Sharapova opened the second set with a confident love game on serve and then came out on top in another lengthy deuce tussle to move 2-0 ahead.

    The biggest earner in women's sport and global superstar was in the driving seat, but her level unaccountably dipped as Halep broke back to level at 2-2.

    Two double faults to start the next game had Sharapova looking anxious, but she compensated with some hefty hitting off both flanks to regain the lead.

    Three games later the Russian squandered two break points to serve for the match and she played a sloppy service game to follow allowing Halep to break from 15-40 down.

    Halep was twice unable to serve out for the set, but she stunned Sharapova in the ensuing tie-break, winning four points in a row from 5-3 down to level the set scores.

    The final was into the third set for the first time since 2001 when Jennifer Capriati defeated Kim Clijsters 12-10 in the decider and it was Sharapova who found a new gear just when she needed it.

    The Russian broke clear to lead 4-2, before Halep once again reeled her in to level at 4-4.

    But the 16th break of serve in the next game finally saw Sharapova on the way to stagger past the winning post after three hours and two minutes of enthralling tennis, according to French Press Agency.

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    Post  Firebird on Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:54 am

    Good to see Masha get a 5th Grand Slam. I suppose in some ways, she's the biggest international star of Russian sports.

    I cant help but think she hits the ball too hard. When she won Wimbledon at 17, she looked so effortless and full of guile. Now I notice she seems to win a grand slam every 2 yrs, without fail. I know she had lots of v tough opponents. But I wonder if hitting it too hard causes fatigue, during matches and during the season. This might explain the times she's slipped against lesser opponents, the huge shoulder injury and the barren years.

    Anyway, 5th grand slam means she's close to joining the ranks of the true, true greats.

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    Post  macedonian on Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:31 pm

    Whomever chose Capello to be the Russian coach should effin' shoot himself! Funny, I think it might well be VVP... Laughing 
    I've watched and cheered for Russia during this world cup, but this defensive, unattractive football is really below sportsmanship!

    Either attack or go home!
    Stop this agony!

    @#$%%$$#!!!
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    Post  macedonian on Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:55 pm

    Aaand as I've mentioned before...DEFENSIVE FOOTBALL DOESN'T GET YOU ANYWHERE!

    Russia is out!

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    Post  Firebird on Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:32 am

    Compare this to the 2008 team, and there was a big difference.

    They seemed pretty good closing down. But wow, they just couldn't keep possession. And didn't see to have any footballing brain.

    Not a terrible team, but I was hoping for much, much more.
    I wonder how much they could improve by 2018.
    This need lots of money on coaching. Perhaps not having players learning abroad is helping the club game, but not so good for the national team.

    I wonder if Russia could "poach" players from CIS/similar states eg the Ukraine.

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    Post  macedonian on Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:40 am

    Firebird wrote:Compare this to the 2008 team, and there was a big difference.

    They seemed pretty good closing down. But wow, they just couldn't keep possession. And didn't see to have any footballing brain.

    Not a terrible team, but I was hoping for much, much more.
    I wonder how much they could improve by 2018.
    This need lots of money on coaching. Perhaps not having players learning abroad is helping the club game, but not so good for the national team.

    I wonder if Russia could "poach" players from CIS/similar states eg the Ukraine.

    Russia just needs a Russian coach.
    That's all. No sh/tting around, just hard work, and - put the f-ckin' ball behind the goal line! That's not Capello, that's someone like Karpin or late Streltsov or someone similar. Someone that understands Russian players.

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    Post  TR1 on Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:17 am

    Hiddink was not Russian, and had amazing results.


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    Post  macedonian on Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:18 am

    TR1 wrote:Hiddink was not Russian, and had amazing results.


    Only because he chose the best players princess, not because he was a great strategist...though he was far better than what Capello could EVER be.

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    Post  TR1 on Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:20 am

    Team is meh through and through.

    Plus, even if they made it out of the stage, Germany.....almost gurenteed loss.
    Or even worse, losing to America. Half the forum would kill itself Very Happy .

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    Re: Russia Sports News:

    Post  macedonian on Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:30 am

    TR1 wrote:Team is meh through and through.
    Agreed. They need Pavlyuchenko and Arshavin to get things done.
    But now, I'm just being your typical Balkaneer...see, we're all good Prime-ministers and Football Coaches... Laughing 

    TR1 wrote:Plus, even if they made it out of the stage, Germany.....almost gurenteed loss.
    Perhaps. The Krouts are pretty strong. One can't help but admire their game.

    TR1 wrote:Or even worse, losing to America. Half the forum would kill itself Very Happy .
    That would never happen princess, but even if it did, why would someone 'kill themselves' over it?!
    Wasn't the Algeria game even more degrading? The Americans (surprisingly) play well this time around.

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    Post  George1 on Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:24 am

    Russia to cancel visas for World Cup fans in 2018 - Putin

    "Russia plans to take the FIFA World Cup a step further in some areas. For example, we passed a federal law, establishing a special visa regime for foreigners who will help to organize the 2018 Championship, and enabling not only the official participants, such as the athletes, referees, coaches and others, but also the fans to visit Russia without visas before and during the competition. The history of football championships has never seen anything like this before," Putin told ITAR-TASS ahead of his Latin American tour beginning on Friday, July 11.

    "In 2018, Russia will host this most popular global sporting event for the first time in its history," the president said and promised that the authorities would "do everything possible to give the world an unforgettable football celebration and show genuine Russian hospitality".

    He recalled that "in February-March, we successfully hosted the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games in Sochi and know exactly what a challenge it is to organise such a huge event. We are observing Brazil's experience very carefully" and the relevant Russian ministries and agencies were in constant contact with their Brazilian counterparts.

    "Representatives of several ministries and organizations, including the Ministry of Sports and the Russia-2018 Organizing Committee, are in constant contact with Brazilian colleagues. They have already visited Brazil and I am sure they will go there again more than once," he said.

    Putin expressed confidence that the "the World Cup in Brazil will be a bright page in the history of football" and wished the Brazilian organizers "every success in completing it".

    The president said he was trying to follow the World Cup "as far as my work schedule allows".

    "The Latin American countries' teams have shown football that has real flare and talent. Unfortunately, our team left the group, but, in my opinion, they tried their best," he said.

    At the invitation of Brazil and FIFA Presidents, Putin will visit the final match of the Championship to attend the ceremony of passing the baton from Brazil to Russia.
    Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_07_11/Russia-to-cancel-visas-for-World-Cup-fans-in-2018-Putin-9017/

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    Post  Strizh on Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:26 pm

    Mhm tey should do it but exclude some nations.

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    Post  Austin on Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:03 pm

    I just wonder if Western Press 6 months before FIFA will start with their anti-Russian propaganda ,Gay Rights , Putin Evil etc like they did for Sochi and almost ruined the event but for the brade and hard working athlete who won for Russia

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