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    Re: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

    Post  JohninMK on Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:56 pm

    Just in case you missed it, Sepp Blatter, when interviewed last week, admitted that both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups countries were preselected, the first to Russia and the second to the US, nice and fair! Then Platini came along and screwed the plan and, to further French influence in the Gulf, Qatar got the second. The 'commission' on that must have been huge.

    In the process Platini, primarily by upsetting the US so much it unleashed its financial attack dogs, has brought the whole FIFA pack of cards down, including his bid to be boss.

    Speaking to the Financial Times' Malcolm Moore, the 79-year-old's comments cast further doubt over the legitimacy of the bidding process and also undermine his former ally Platini, 60.

    ‘If you see my face when I opened it, I was not the happiest man to say it is Qatar. Definitely not,’ Blatter said.

    He goes on to say that there had been a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ among FIFA’s leaders that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will go to the ‘two superpowers’ - Russia and the USA.

    - The suspended FIFA president has said the FIFA were set to hand the 2022 tournament to the USA, but Platini backed out of a 'gentleman's agreement'
    - FIFA chiefs had agreed that the 2018 and 2022 competitions would go to the 'two superpowers' Russia and the US, the Swiss says
    - But a week before the vote in December 2010, Blatter said Platini backed out
    - 'I am no longer in your picture because I have been told by the head of state that we should consider the situation of France,' Platini alleged to have said


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3297209/Sepp-Blatter-admits-FIFA-plot-hand-2022-World-Cup-USA-thwarted-Michel-Platini-reneged-gentleman-s-agreement.html

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    Re: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

    Post  flamming_python on Wed Nov 04, 2015 5:31 pm

    That's quite harsh on the US though. No wonder they cooked up a corruption scandal and extradited his ass.

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    Post  George1 on Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:20 am

    Russia will adjust football team’s 2018 preparations to Putin’s instructions — minister

    Vladimir Putin wants more playing match-time for Russia’s perspective young footballers ahead of the World Cup

    MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. A final program of the Russian national football team’s preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be adjusted to reflect suggestions from the country’s president, Russian Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Monday.
    "We do have a plan of preparations of the national football team, but we will have to do some extra work adjusting it to the presidential instructions," Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), said in an interview with TASS.
    Last week Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Sports Ministry to draft a plan of the national team’s preparations for the global football championship pointing out in particular the necessity of giving enough of playing match-time for Russia’s perspective young footballers ahead of the World Cup. The deadline for the implementation of the presidential instructions is March 30, 2016.
    "We were spared some time, we will work on it and think about it jointly with the football clubs and the league [the Russian Football Premier League]," Mutko said. "The instructions’ sole purpose is to successfully prepare the team. We will definitely do this and we have a set of measures currently under the implementation."
    Russia won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup at the FIFA Congress in Guatemala on December 4, 2010 in a tight race against the bid from England, the joint bid from Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.
    The country later selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
    The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.
    In September, a total of 33 cities across Russia involving over 450,000 people were celebrating the 1,000-day countdown to the 2018 World Cup.
    Main celebrations of Russia’s countdown to the FIFA World Cup, which was inaugurated almost a century ago and takes place once in four years, were held in the Russian capital of Moscow.

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    Re: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

    Post  George1 on Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:21 am

    Russia’s main football arena for 2018 World Cup to be commissioned in December 2016. Reconstruction works at the Luzhniki Arena were launched in 2013 and after the works are completed the stadium will boost the spectators’ capacity of over 81,000 seats

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    Re: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

    Post  George1 on Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:31 pm

    Over 60,000 apply for volunteer work at 2018 World Cup — minister

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    Russia to fulfill all guarantees regarding preparation for 2018 FIFA World Cup — deputy PM

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    Re: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

    Post  George1 on Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:05 pm

    Wolf chosen as mascot of 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

    The author of the wolf mascot is Yekaterina Bocharova, student at the Tomsk State University’s graphic design college



    MOSCOW, October 22. /TASS/. A wolf has been chosen as mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, according to the results of public voting announced live in the "Vecherny Urgant" TV program on Channel One on Saturday. The wolf will be named Zabivaka.

    Public voting was launched on September 23 on FIFA’s official website and social networks and closed at 8:18pm Moscow time on Thursday. On Friday, people could also cast their votes for a mascot on the Channel One’s official website.

    The campaign on choosing a mascot kicked off in April 2015 with voting for possible characters. Over 50,000 young fans took part in voting and chose ten most popular characters. At the second stage of the campaign, students of arts colleges across the country came into play, attempting to "bring to life" these characters.

    The author of the wolf mascot is Yekaterina Bocharova, student at the Tomsk State University’s graphic design college. Among finalists of the voting are also a cat and a tiger.
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