Russia will host the World Cup for the first time in its history. The games are scheduled to take place in 12 arenas in 11 cities. Sputnik spoke with Afolabi Olaniyi Olatokunbo, volunteer for the World Cup from Nigeria, asking him about his experience.
English football fans can "absolutely" wave national flags in support of their team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer despite warnings by a police chief in Britain, according to a spokesperson for Visit Russia office in the UK.
Sputnik Polska reporter Grażyna Garboś spoke with Maciej Rybus, the FC Lokomotiv Moscow and Polish national team halfback about his marriage, living in Russia and chances of his national team winning the World Cup 2018.
Diego Forlan, the former Uruguayan striker, is looking forward to the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. This time around he'll be a broadcaster for this colossal competition; previously he has been a FIFA ambassador and a simple spectator.
A campaign encouraging the boycott of the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia is gaining steam. Avaaz, a US-based 'cyber-activist' civic organization is behind it. However, as Sputnik has discovered, the group has not-so-open links to financial speculator George Soros and his Open Society Foundations.
Renowned French football player and coach Laurent Blanc shared his thoughts with Sputnik on the upcoming World Cup that will take place in Russia.
The dust has not yet settled around the Roberto Firmino – Mason Holgate scandal in the English Premiere League, but the British newspapers have found a new scapegoat, and have turned to launching racism accusations against Spartak Moscow just months before the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Was it just a coincidence or a pre-planned campaign?
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Less than half a year is left before the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will host the opening match of the most popular football competition held every 4 years – the FIFA World Cup.
On December 11-12, a Tourism Industry Professionals Forum was held in Moscow. While the attention of the participants was focused on preparations of Moscow for 2018 FIFA World Cup, Sputnik's correspondent managed to interview Konstantin Goryainov, the Vice President of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, global hotel management company.
UK newspaper The Sun has warned England’s football fans against travelling to Russia for next year’s World Cup saying that hundreds of Russian football hooligans will be free to attack English supporters at the upcoming matches. Radio Sputnik spoke with Diego Cione, a hardcore football fan from Berlin about these accusations.
As Russian athletes are increasingly coming under pressure amid the doping scandal and the recent IOC decision on Russia's participation in the 2018 Olympic Games, Bavaria's former Minister President Dr. Edmund Stoiber shared his view on the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia and the issue of "politics and sports" in an interview with Sputnik.
On Friday, the draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia took place in the heart of Moscow, defining the groups in which football teams will compete. The editor-in-chief of German sports magazine Kicker, Jörg Jakob, commented on the results of the draw and shared his projection about next year's competition.
Christian Noboa, an Ecuadorian midfielder of FC Zenit in St. Petersburg has an almost 10-year career on the Russian team, which has ensured him the nickname Tsar. In an interview with Sputnik he shared his experience of beating FC Barcelona, living in Russia and what to expect from FIFA 2018.
A new World Cup 2018 information center is launching in London and Alexei Cherepanov, the Deputy Director of Visit Russia UK, told Sputnik why British football fans should visit the host nation.
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