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    Post  George1 on Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:20 pm

    Number of stadiums for FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia may be reduced to 10

    RIO DE JANEIRO, July 14. /ITAR-TASS/. The number of stadiums to host the World Cup 2018 in Russia may be reduced from 12 to 10, FIFA President Joseph Blatter said on Monday, July 14.

    He said it was important to take into account how the infrastructure was used after the championship and cited South Africa as an example, where three stadiums built for the purpose were not used at all.

    Blatter admitted it was a problem and expressed hope that this would not happen in Russia which is a football country.

    He is planning to visit Russia in September to meet with members of the World Cup 2018 Organising Committee to discuss whether the number of stadiums should be reduced from 12 to 10.

    The World Cup 2018 games will be played in 11 Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Rostov on Don, and Sochi.

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    Post  George1 on Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:43 am

    British Prime Minister David Cameron is not thinking that Russia should be denied the right to host the World Cup in 2018, as previously stated by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the Guardian magazine reported.

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    Post  George1 on Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:47 pm

    Fabio Capello to Remain Russian National Football Team Coach Through 2018

    MOSCOW, July 30 (RIA Novosti) – Fabio Capello announced Wednesday that he will continue to coach Russia’s national football team, but said he would resign should his trust be lost.

    “If I’m not trusted, I’ll resign, [the resignation] is ready, I’m a serious person,” Capello said during a press conference in Moscow.

    He added that he would stay on with Russia since the Russian Football Union and the Sport Ministry trust him.

    Italian-born Fabio Capello has been Russia’s head football coach since July 2012.

    He led Russia into the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, after the team failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and the 2010 championship in South Africa.

    For the 2014 tournament in Brazil, Russia qualified first in Group H, leaving Portugal in second place. After that success, Fabio Capello got an offer to sign a new four-year contract with Russia’s national team.

    Russian fans expected national team to reach the knockout stage as football pundits considered Group H to be one of the weakest in the championship.

    However, fans’ hopes were dashed after Russia drew with South Korea and Algeria, and lost 1-0 to Belgium.

    Russia’s elimination after the group stage in Brazil without winning a game prompted speculations that the Italian would be fired.

    Capello has often been criticized in Russia for receiving an annual salary of about $12 million.

    When Capello returned from Brazil, he was obliged to appear before the Russian parliament to explain the subsequent steps he would take to improve the team’s performance.

    The 68-year-old coach has previously said the Russia job will be his last, so his main goal now is to improve Russia’s squad before they will host the 2018 tournament.

    The 21st FIFA World Cup will take place in 2018 in Russia. The tournament will involve 32 national teams, including that of the host nation.

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    Post  George1 on Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:10 am

    Russian football official: 2018 World Cup to be held at highest level possible

    MOSCOW, July 31. /ITAR-TASS/. The next World Cup, which will be hosted by Russia in 2018, will be organized at the highest level possible as the promoters of the event will take into account the experience gained at the recent football world championship in Brazil. Head of the Russian Football Premier League, Sergei Pryadkin, said this on Thursday.

    Russia’s task group from the “Russia-2018” organizing committee stayed in Brazil for the whole duration of the 2014 World Cup, which ran in the Latin American country between June 12 and July 13.

    “Yes, there were some setbacks in the organization of the championship [in Brazil],” Sergei Pryadkin told journalists on Thursday but did not specify the nature of mentioned setbacks.

    “However, as far as I know, the task group gained the necessary knowledge and I am positive that the next World Cup, which Russia hosts, will be organized at the highest level possible,” he said. “The Olympics in Sochi can prove this.”

    The country won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup over three years ago in a tight race against the joint bid from England, Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.

    Shortly before Brazil’s fabulous city of Rio de Janeiro dropped the curtains on the 2014 World Cup with the final Germany-Argentina clash on July 13, the baton of the global football tournament’s hosting nations was passed on to Russia.

    The symbolic hand-over ceremony of the right to host the World Cup tournament was held at the iconic over 74,700-seat capacity Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and was attended by FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Blatter said earlier that he intended to pay a visit to Russia in September to monitor the preparation work for the championship in 2018.

    Following an official ceremony held in September 2012 and attended by Blatter, Russia eventually selected 11 out of the earlier proposed 13 cities, excluding Krasnodar and Yaroslavl. The final list of the 2018 World Cup host cities includes Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

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    Post  George1 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:07 pm

    Russia to start building 6 stadiums for 2018 FIFA World Cup in August-September

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    Post  AlfaT8 on Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:28 pm

    UEFA won’t recognize Crimean clubs playing in Russian league
    European football’s ruling body UEFA said that the three Crimean Republic clubs that have joined Russian competitions this season will not have their games officially recognized.

    “In light of the complex and difficult factual and political considerations, and until an agreed solution can be found with regard to the situation in Crimea, the UEFA Emergency Panel has today decided that any football matches played by Crimean clubs organized under the auspices of the Russian Football Union (RFS) will not be recognized by UEFA until further notice,” said an official statement. .....
    http://rt.com/news/182248-crimea-football-club-uefa/
    Who give a sh#t about the UEFA  Rolling Eyes 

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    Post  sepheronx on Sat Aug 23, 2014 5:17 pm

    Give it about a year or 2, and things will end up going back to normal and they will be recognized. Maybe even less than that.

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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:36 pm

    sepheronx wrote:Give it about a year or 2, and things will end up going back to normal and they will be recognized.  Maybe even less than that.

    I'm shocked sepheronx...you didn't catch the ridiculous amount of irony from the limp-wristed sanctimonious hypocrites that run UEFA League? Here's a reminder:

    Disciplinary decisions show anti-racism stance
    UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body announces sanctions against Budapest Honvéd FC, KKS Lech Poznań and GKS Piast Gliwice following UEFA Europa League qualifiers.



    UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body (CDB) has made the following decisions regarding recent cases from UEFA Europa League matches:

    FK Vojvodina v Budapest Honvéd FC, UEFA Europa League second qualifying round, first and second legs (18/07/13 and 25/07/13)

    Budapest Honvéd have been charged for the improper conduct of supporters (Article 14DR) – racist behaviour and racist chanting. The Hungarian team have been ordered to play their next home game behind closed doors. The Control and Disciplinary Body has also decided to enforce the suspended sanction against Honvéd, as established in the CDB's decision of 22 August 2008, of playing one UEFA competition match behind closed doors. Consequently the CDB has ordered Honvéd to play one additional fixture as host club behind closed doors. They have also been fined €50,000.

    KKS Lech Poznań v VMFD Žalgiris, UEFA Europa League third qualifying round, second leg (08/08/13)

    Lech Poznań have been charged for the improper conduct of supporters (Article 14DR) – racist behaviour and display of a racist banner. There will be a partial closure of Lech's stadium, in particular the stand containing the Polish side's Ultras, during their next UEFA competition match as hosts. Lech have also been fined €5,000.

    GKS Piast Gliwice v Qarabağ FK, UEFA Europa League second qualifying round, second leg (25/07/13)

    Piast have been charged for the improper conduct of supporters (Article 14DR) – racist behaviour and display of a racist banner. There will be a partial closure of Piast's stadium, in particular the stand containing the Polish side's Ultras, during their next UEFA competition match as hosts. Piast have also been fined €5,000.

    The fight against racism is a high priority for UEFA. The European governing body has a policy of zero tolerance towards racism and discrimination on the pitch and in the stands. All forms of racist behavior are considered as serious offences against the disciplinary regulations and are punished with the most severe sanctions.

    http://www.uefa.org/social-responsibility/anti-discrimination/index.html


    ...And...

    Anti-discrimination

    The campaign against discrimination, not just in and around football, but in European society as a whole, is a key tenet of UEFA's social responsibility programme.

    The European governing body believes the power of football can be used to tackle such issues as racism, homophobia, discrimination against ethnic minorities and institutional discrimination such as under-representation of women, or lack of diversity. To this end, UEFA has forged partnerships with the following anti-discrimination organisations:

    Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) is UEFA's core strategic partner in this field, having first joined forces in 2001. UEFA has collaborated with FARE on activities to heighten awareness of discrimination including the October FARE Action Weeks which include the prominent platform of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches for the anti-discrimination message.

    UEFA also has an associated partnership with the Homeless World Cup, a network of over 70 international partner organisations that use football to improve the lives of homeless people throughout the world.

    More information on UEFA's anti-racism initiatives.

    http://www.uefa.org/social-responsibility/anti-discrimination/index.html

     Rolling Eyes  Rolling Eyes  Rolling Eyes 

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    UEFA Official: "Hey Russia you don't like our decision??? Well guess what Crimean a River...Let Lvov and Lviv..."

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    Re: Russia Sports News:

    Post  KomissarBojanchev on Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:22 pm

    I think a world cup in russia was one of the dumbest decisions ever made. So much money will be wasted on some stupid ego increasing  and what will russia get in return? Surplus useless rotting stadiums as well  Complete embarassment as the sbornaya fucks up again, this time on its own territory.

    Unless some absolute miracle happens, we've never seen the sbornaya not fuck up in the world cup in its entire history.

    Russians are as adept as bulgarians in football.

    The most accurate representation of what will happen

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    Post  Mike E on Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:10 pm

    I don't think it is a great idea myself... FIFA and the Olympics do have their "connections".

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    Post  Werewolf on Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:05 pm

    FIFA and UEFA are just oligarchic caravans that loot and rape countries budgets for a dick waving fest without any money leaving the hosting country.
    Just ridiculous what Football is, bln of Euroes and mio. of euros are traded just to sell/buy players while they do actually nothing that would worth more than 5 digit yearly payment. Look at women football and see who of them have actually balls, if they beat each other they don't pretend to be hurt that looks sometimes like Icehockey in 60s and they got payment what all footballers should get not mio. over mio. euros.

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    Post  Mike E on Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:07 pm

    You hit the nail on the head! FIFA isn't exactly what I call a "corruption free company".

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    Post  Werewolf on Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:12 pm

    Mike E wrote:You hit the nail on the head! FIFA isn't exactly what I call a "corruption free company".

    Well that is probably the underestimation in human history. To keep the political correctness towards oligarchy? Very Happy


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    Post  George1 on Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:51 am

    Russia’s St. Petersburg to host four matches of UEFA 2020 Euro Cup

    GENEVA, September 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg has been selected to host three group stage and one quarterfinal stage football matches of the 2020 Euro Cup.

    The decision regarding the hosting cities of the 2020 Euro Cup matches was made on Friday in Geneva by the Executive Committee of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

    In its bid to host four matches of the European football championship in 2020, St. Petersburg offered Zenit Arena, which is currently under construction and is planned to be commissioned in 2016. The 69,000-seat capacity Zenit Arena is also one of the 12 stadiums in Russia selected to host the 2018 World Cup.

    The other three cities, which were also selected to host three group stage matches and a quarterfinal match each, are Rome (Italy), Munich (Germany) and Baku (Azerbaijan).

    Copenhagen (Denmark), Bucharest (Romania), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland), Bilbao (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium) and Glasgow (Scotland) will each host three group stage matches and one match of the Last 16 round.

    UEFA’s Executive Committee decided that the semifinals and the final of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup, which in six years will be celebrating its 60th anniversary, will be held at the Wembley Stadium in London.

    The decision to hold the anniversary Euro Cup in various European countries instead of in one or two hosting countries was made at the UEFA Executive Committee’s meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on December 6, 2012. The decision came as a result of UEFA President Michel Platini’s initiative, who proposed concept of the 2020 tournament “EURO for Europe.”

    In January of 2013, the Executive Committee decided that the UEFA Euro Cup 2020 final round will be staged in 13 cities around Europe.

    Addressing the Ordinary UEFA Congress in London in May of 2013, Platini said "In 2020, the EURO will never have better lived up to its name."

    "It will be decidedly continental and profoundly European. It will be a EURO of unity and shared experiences. It will, of course, be a new challenge - a challenge of a new kind … [and with] one single language: football," UEFA website quoted him as saying.

    UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino said the decision to hold the tournament across various European countries instead of one or two was also made proceeding from the scale of the anticipated event at all levels, including the financial one.

    “Obviously the fact that the EURO will feature 24 teams instead of 16 puts an additional burden on countries hosting such an event,” he said. “It becomes much more difficult for many countries - the requirements are becoming bigger and bigger.”

    "An opportunity like this, to give many cities and many countries the possibility to host even just one part of a EURO, is certainly an excellent thing, especially in times when you have an economic situation where you cannot expect countries to invest in the facilities such an event requires,” Infantino said. “Certainly one of the purposes of this decision is to help countries who are perhaps not sure today whether they should build a national stadium - giving them the impetus to build such a stadium.”

    “Instead of having a party in one country, we will have a party all over Europe in 2020," UEFA General Secretary Infantino concluded.

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    Post  Mike E on Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:23 am

    Nearly all tickets sold out for Russia’s F1 Grand Prix in Sochi

    Russia’s first ever Formula One Grand Prix is scheduled to be held in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on October 10-12

    MOSCOW, September 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Almost all tickets have been sold out for Russia’s first ever Formula One Grand Prix, scheduled to be held in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on October 10-12, the press service of the Russian racing organizing committee said in a statement on Monday.

    “Last tickets for the Gran Prix of Russia remain currently on sale and we recommend to hurry all those wishing to make it to the historical event,” the statement said.
    A total of over 45,000 tickets were printed for the race with the price ranging between 5,000 and 49,000 rubles ($127 and $1,240).
    Russia’s chief promoter of the royal race Sergey Vorobyov earlier said that the ticket pricing policy for the event in Sochi was based on tickets’ sales for F1 GPs in other countries and the recently held Olympics.
    In February and March, Sochi hosted the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which, according to international sports officials, athletes and visitors, were organized at the highest level possible and provided up-to-date infrastructure at all levels.

    Last December the International Automobile Federation (FIA) officially announced the calendar of the 2014 Formula One races, and the Grand Prix in Russia’s Sochi was scheduled for October 12 as the 16th out of 19 F1 Grand Prix races this year.
    The Russian Grand Prix will be held at the racing track located near the Olympic Village in the coastal area of Sochi. The contract to include Russia in the calendar of F1 racing for the 2014-2020 period was signed in 2010 in Sochi by then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.
    About three weeks after the contract was signed Putin, known for his avid support of sports development in Russia, gunned down a F1 bolide on a race track outside Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg.
    In what can be called the ‘fastest president in the world,’ he reached a speed of 240 kmph (150 mph). His racing lap added to his previous motorized stunts, which included piloting fighter jets and strategic bombers as well as riding Harley Davidson motorcycles with Russian bikers.
    Russian President Putin and Formula One supremo Ecclestone met again in Sochi in the wake of the Winter Olympics, which ran between February 7 and 23. At that meeting F1 supremo Ecclestone suggested that it would be interesting to hold Sochi GP in the night time.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:31 pm

    Putin stresses importance of mass sports as major military aspect

    SOCHI, October 23. /TASS/. Development of mass sports in the country is a vital military aspect giving Russia an advantage in the competitive struggle with other states in the economic and other spheres, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

    Putin met with the members with the Association of Students Sports Clubs (ASSC) who are passing a sports test in the Winter Olympics city of Sochi, similar to the GTO (Russian acronym for "Ready for Labor and Defense") physical training norms for people in the Soviet Union.

    “I want to focus mainly on the military aspect as it is important, but of course, the health of the nation is more important,” Putin, who earned a black belt in judo, said.

    In the modern conditions of the development of the economy and social sphere, the winners will be those states that “pay special attention to the humanitarian aspect: healthcare, sports, science and education,” he said.

    Putin stressed that Olympic champions should be recognized in Russia to promote sports. “We need popularization of sports in general, and one of the means of popularization is the glorification of our champions,” he said.

    In an effort to make sport popular among Russians, “we need to use all the means of promoting the Olympic achievements and educate people on their examples, and morally support those who start practicing sport and physical culture.”

    “We will support you,” Putin said.

    One of the most important tasks for Russia is to make sport a fashion trend for people of all ages, the Russian leader said.

    “It is vital that this is not obliging and people should seek this themselves and come to an understanding that this is important for each person, for their health, future , including successful professional future,” Putin stressed.

    “The result depends on how successful we are in this direction,” Putin stressed, adding that he expects that the ASSC will help the effort. If people fail to understand that sport is “interesting, pleasant and useful they won’t practice it,” he added.

    The Association of Students Sports Clubs has opened 49 regional units and 79 student clubs in the past 18 months in the country. New clubs are expected to be created in 120 universities across Russia.

    An opinion poll by the state-run All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center revealed in mid-October that more than 50% of Russians are doing sports but only 13% exercise regularly.

    The survey said that 21% of the respondents do sports from time to time and 18% exercise on rare occasions. Half of the respondents prefer exercising at home, while 22% practice jogging and others visit gyms and health clubs, the pollster said.

    The survey was conducted among 1,600 respondents from 130 cities and towns in 42 Russian regions. The margin of error is less than 3.4%

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:55 am

    Another aspect is that lots of people who would otherwise not visit Russia will go there and hopefully find a country that is not grey and the people are not machines that do as they are told by their government etc.

    They have been shown a Russia from movies and TV and media that is not very real... actually going to Russia and finding out Russian people are just like people everywhere... a big Russian city is just like any other big city around the world...


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    Post  KomissarBojanchev on Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:33 am

    Only to see the russian football team get destroyed, and after that russia geting half a dozen useless abandoned stadiums after that...

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    Post  George1 on Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:28 pm

    Russian Olympic authorities approve list of candidates for 2018 Winter Games national team

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    Post  George1 on Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:41 pm

    Russian Sports Ministry to backup national bid for 2018 FIVB Men's World Championship

    MOSCOW, November 6. /TASS/. The Russian Ministry of Sports will provide its full support in case the All Russian Volleyball Federation will submit a bid for holding the 2018 FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) Men’s World Championship in Russia, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday.

    “We will certainly support it [the bid], but the All-Russian Volleyball Federation needs to clearly state its position,” Mutko said. “We [Russia] have all possibilities for hosting the world championship and there is nothing needed to be constructed.”

    FIVB President Ary Graca earlier said that the 2018 Men’s World Championship should be hosted by Russia as the country had everything necessary to organize a tournament of such high level.

    The 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship was held in September in Poland and was won by the hosting team, which defeated Brazil 3-1 in the final encounter. The bronze went to Germany, while Russia finished in the 5th place.

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    Post  Regular on Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:50 pm

    KomissarBojanchev wrote:Only to see the russian football team get destroyed, and after that russia geting half a dozen useless abandoned stadiums after that...
    I agree with first part, but stadiums will be used. I hope they will build training facilities with them for youngsters

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    Post  KomissarBojanchev on Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:01 pm

    Regular wrote:
    KomissarBojanchev wrote:Only to see the russian football team get destroyed, and after that russia geting half a dozen useless abandoned stadiums after that...
    I agree with first part, but stadiums will be used. I hope they will build training facilities with them for youngsters
    IMO a country shouldn't choose to have a FIFA cup in its territory unless its team is has been world champion multiple times before. Do you think there is still some hope in the russian national team not sucking by 2018?

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    Post  Werewolf on Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:03 pm

    KomissarBojanchev wrote:
    Regular wrote:
    KomissarBojanchev wrote:Only to see the russian football team get destroyed, and after that russia geting half a dozen useless abandoned stadiums after that...
    I agree with first part, but stadiums will be used. I hope they will build training facilities with them for youngsters
    IMO a country shouldn't choose to have a FIFA cup in its territory unless its team is has been world champion multiple times before. Do you think there is still some hope in the russian national team not sucking by 2018?

    Russia will suck, maybe not completley horrible due the pressure they have since they are hosting it and are motivated to do better not to blame themselfs, but not much to expect.

    Russia should host hockey because that is a game they have mastered.

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    Post  Regular on Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:34 am

    Werewolf wrote:
    Russia should host hockey because that is a game they have mastered.
    x2

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    Post  George1 on Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:33 pm

    Russia’s sports ministry to allocate 613 mln roubles to sports organisations in 2015

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