Russia won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup in a tight race against England, Portugal and Spain (jointly), and Belgium and the Netherlands (jointly).
Journalist Ignacio Catullo committed an act of wig snatching this week after revealing that a manual approved by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) on Russian culture included - though only briefly - a chapter on how to seduce Russian women.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Russian Ambassador to Mexico Eduard Malayan will give small copies of football-shaped artworks to representatives of the 2018 FIFA World Cup participating nations, the Mexican artistic group that painted the balls told Sputnik on Sunday.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Argentine President Mauricio Macri will not go to Russia in June to cheer on the national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup amid a deepening economic crisis at home.
While a host of Danish politicians have argued in favor of Denmark boycotting the upcoming football World Cup in Russia “as a token of solidarity” with the UK, other Danish leaders were unimpressed.
Renowned French football player and coach Laurent Blanc shared his thoughts with Sputnik on the upcoming World Cup that will take place in Russia.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency has launched a website, operating in Russian and English, for the Russian and foreign media outlets not accredited to the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches.
The countdown to the 2018 World Cup in Russia begins in earnest this Friday, when the draw for next summer’s football extravaganza takes place at 15.00 GMT in Moscow’s fabulous State Kremlin Palace.
Ivan Pelizzoli, the first Italian goalkeeper who played in the Russian championship, has shared his memories of his life in the country, which is preparing to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup in less than 200 days.
Italy, who have won the World Cup four times, will have to defeat Sweden in order to make it to next year's tournament in Russia. If they fail to qualify it would be the first time since 1958.
In June Russia hosted the FIFA Confederations Cup tournament for the first time as a prologue to next year’s FIFA World Cup. Radio Sputnik talked to Yekaterina Petelina, general director of Russia at VISA Incorporated, which is a sponsor of the 2018 World Cup.
Russia’s regions will provide enough accommodation for the fans of the FIFA World Cup to be held in the country in 2018, Russia's state tourism agency Russiatourism head Oleg Safonov said Wednesday.
Yevgeny Ivanov, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Consular Department, confirmed to Sputnik in an interview that foreign football fans possessing tickets to the 2017 Confederations Cup, as well as to the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia will not need visas to attend.
The Moscow mayor vowed to provide full security during the upcoming international football tournaments.
Russia will provide a proper level of security on the streets and in public places during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the country, Vladimir Markin, the head of the Russian Football Union’s security committee, said Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, amid preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, has signed a federal law that will toughen administrative responsibility for football fans and introduce penalties for gross violations of rules of conduct during sporting events.
Russia can be stripped of the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup if important national teams refuse to participate in the event, yet the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) will take the final decision, Richard Pound, the former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), said Thursday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Friday that all stadiums for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup would be built in time.
The Russian sports minister said he saw no reasons do cancel the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the country amid the ongoing doping scandal.
The Russian president and Security Council members discussed preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino welcomed on Friday the preparatory work that Russia and Qatar have done as the host countries of the next two FIFA World Cup football championships.
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