• Fans before World Cup 2018 soccer match between the national teams of Uruguay and France
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    Over 30,000 Foreigners Visited Russia Using Fan ID After 2018 World Cup - Moscow

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – More than 30,000 foreigners visited Russia after the 2018 FIFA World Cup using the FAN IDs that were given out to match ticket holders, and which allowed them to enter the country without visas, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Ivanov told Sputnik in an interview.

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  • Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Mexico vs Sweden - Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia - June 27, 2018 Sweden's Marcus Berg misses a chance to score
    Last update: 23:05 29.06.2018
    23:05 29.06.2018

    ‘Not At All Double Standards’: Sweden Drops World Cup Boycott After Team Advances

    The Swedish government has announced that it will no longer be boycotting the 2018 FIFA World Cup after its national team advanced to the knockout stage on Wednesday when it beat Mexico 3-0.

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  • Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 16, 2018 Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts after the match
    Last update: 19:30 16.06.2018
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    'Winter is Here': Twitter Hails Iceland's Defense, Mocks Messi Over Penalty Fail

    Twitter users have been enjoying themselves since Argentina and Iceland left the World Cup field in Moscow with a 1:1 draw. What put Messi fans into an abyss of hopelessness, gave others a Klondike of inspiration.

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  • Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Spain - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 15, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal
    Last update: 15:38 16.06.2018
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    Twitter Argues Messi Teased by Cristiano Ronaldo Ahead of Argentina-Iceland Game

    After the Portuguese football star added another record to his profile with a World Cup hat-trick, his gesture during the game against Spain prompted social media rumbling. Some are convinced that Cristiano Ronaldo teased his long–time rival, Argentinian Lionel Messi, dubbed “greatest of all-time” in the latest ads.

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  • Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - France vs Australia - Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia - June 16, 2018 France's Antoine Griezmann before the match
    Last update: 12:53 16.06.2018
    12:53 16.06.2018

    France's Griezmann "Pisses Off" Barcelona FC Pres. as He Refuses Transfer

    After the star of the French national team announced his decision to stay at Madrid’s Atletico, the President of Barcelona FC Josep Maria Bartomeu couldn’t contain his emotions at the thought of losing the top player.

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  • Подготовка Сочи к ЧМ-2018 по футболу
    Last update: 23:59 14.06.2018
    23:59 14.06.2018

    Chinese Customs Seizes Huge Amounts of Counterfeit FIFA Merchandise

    Chinese customs officials have seized huge amounts of fake FIFA World Cup products ahead of the championship soccer tournament being held in Russia.

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  • A Russian fan is seen here ahead of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup match between Mexico and Russia. File photo
    Last update: 14:33 28.05.2018
    14:33 28.05.2018

    'Horror Story': UK Media Scaremongers on Russian Cities 'Hiding' Ugly Sights Ahead of FIFA-2018

    It seems like British mainstream media cannot make it through a single day without scary stories about Russia: first it was the Skripal case, now it’s the forthcoming World Cup.

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  • Soccer ball
    Last update: 19:09 25.05.2018
    19:09 25.05.2018

    French President Wants to Support National Team at FIFA World Cup in Russia

    PARIS (Sputnik) - French President Emmanuel Macron said he believed in the French national football team and hoped that he would be able to come to Russia to support them at this summer's FIFA World Cup, French news channel BFMTV reported Friday.

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  • Kaliningrad Stadium
    Last update: 13:47 25.05.2018
    13:47 25.05.2018

    Minsk, Moscow to Sign Visa Recognition Deal for FIFA World Cup Tuesday – Foreign Ministry

    MINSK (Sputnik) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makey will sign an agreement on mutual visa recognition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 European Games during Lavrov’s working visit to Minsk on Tuesday, the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry told Sputnik Friday.

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  • World Cup 2018
    Last update: 22:53 16.05.2018
    22:53 16.05.2018

    ‘Do Not Ask Stupid Questions About Sex’: Argentine Football Group Tells Players How to Pick Up Russian Women at World Cup (PHOTOS)

    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.

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  • World Cup 2018
    Last update: 23:19 13.05.2018
    23:19 13.05.2018

    Russian Envoy to Mexico Prepares Mass World Cup Souvenir Hand Out

    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.

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  • Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri speaks to the press at the Olivos presidential residence in Buenos Aires, where he arrived to meet outgoing president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to define the transition, on November 24, 2015
    Last update: 07:59 12.05.2018
    07:59 12.05.2018

    Source Reveals Reason Argentine President Cancelled Trip to World Cup 2018

    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.

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  • (File) Russian President Vladimir Putin kick starts the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour at the Grand Sports Arena, which was opened after a reconstruction, during the visit to the Luzhniki Olympic Complex in Moscow. Left: FIFA President Gianni Infantino
    Last update: 10:09 05.04.2018
    10:09 05.04.2018

    Danish Official on Calls for FIFA-2018 Boycott: 'Dead Tired of Putin Debate'

    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.

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  • 2018 FIFA World Cup official logo
    Last update: 02:05 18.01.2018
    02:05 18.01.2018

    Former French Footballer Laurent Blanc Says Successful World Cup Will Be Russian Victory

    Renowned French football player and coach Laurent Blanc shared his thoughts with Sputnik on the upcoming World Cup that will take place in Russia.

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  • Art objects installed on Manezhnaya Square in Moscow ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final Draw
    Last update: 12:22 20.12.2017
    12:22 20.12.2017

    Rossiya Segodnya Launches 2018 FIFA World Cup Website for Non Accredited Media

    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.

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  • Preparations for the World Cup 2018 draw
    Last update: 16:58 28.11.2017
    16:58 28.11.2017

    The 2018 World Cup Draw: What to Expect on Friday in the Kremlin

    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.

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  • Football fans during a Gentlefan campaign to hand out raincoats before the UEFA Champions League group stage match between CSKA Mosxcow (Russia) and Manchester United (England)
    Last update: 16:35 27.11.2017
    16:35 27.11.2017

    Russian Fans Are Adequate, Non-Aggressive – Italian Goalkeeper Who Played in Moscow

    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.

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  • FIFA World Cup European Play-Off Draw - Zurich, Switzerland - October 17, 2017 Former Spanish player Fernando Hierro displays the name 'Italy' during the draw
    Last update: 17:01 17.10.2017
    17:01 17.10.2017

    Four-Time Winners of the World Cup Italy Have to Beat Sweden to Reach Russia

    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.

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  • Football. 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Closing ceremony
    Last update: 15:37 06.08.2017
    15:37 06.08.2017

    'Uniting People and Countries': FIFA 2018 in Russia Going Without a Hitch

    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.

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  • The 2018 FIFA World Cup stand
    Last update: 13:57 05.07.2017
    13:57 05.07.2017

    Russia Provides Enough Hotels for 2018 World Cup Fans - Russian Tourism Agency

    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.

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