• Russian cities. Nizhny Novgorod
    Last update: 21:03 29.04.2018
    21:03 29.04.2018

    'By Engaging in FIFA 2018 I Feel I'll Receive High-Quality Training' - Volunteer

    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.

  • Flag of England
    Last update: 14:38 26.04.2018
    14:38 26.04.2018

    England Soccer Fans Reassured: National Flags Safe to Use at FIFA World Cup Games

    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.

  • Lobby of Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi decorated for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup
    Last update: 06:24 22.04.2018
    06:24 22.04.2018

    Polish Team Halfback Maciej Rybus Tries to Predict FIFA World Cup Outcome

    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.

  • Uruguayan footballer Diego Forlan during the final draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup
    Last update: 17:49 11.04.2018
    17:49 11.04.2018

    Diego Forlan on 2018 FIFA World Cup 'Surprises'

    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.

  • Art objects installed on Manezhnaya Square in Moscow ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final Draw
    Last update: 18:49 20.03.2018
    18:49 20.03.2018

    Who Are These Mysterious 'Activists' Calling for Boycott of World Cup in Russia?

    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.

  • 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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  • Spartak
    Last update: 16:45 14.01.2018
    16:45 14.01.2018

    Why the UK Media Go Bonkers Over Spartak Moscow "Racism", and What They Don't Tell You

    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?

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Final Draw
    Last update: 14:49 21.12.2017
    14:49 21.12.2017

    How Russia Prepares to Host FIFA World Cup 2018

    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.

  • A 2018 FIFA World Cup installation outside the Russia 2018 Organizing Committee at Luzhnetskaya Embankment in Moscow.
    Last update: 19:38 13.12.2017
    19:38 13.12.2017

    Moscow Clearly Ready for FIFA World Cup 2018 - Interstate Hotels & Resorts Head

    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.

  • Art objects installed on Manezhnaya Square in Moscow ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final Draw
    Last update: 21:40 12.12.2017
    21:40 12.12.2017

    World Cup in Russia: 'I Don't Care About Politics, I Want Football' - Fan

    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.

  • World Cup 2018
    Last update: 21:20 11.12.2017
    21:20 11.12.2017

    Bavaria's Former Head: Russia 'Will Be Good Host' of 2018 FIFA World Cup

    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.

  • World Cup 2018
    Last update: 21:38 04.12.2017
    21:38 04.12.2017

    'Russia Has Good Chances' to Do Well at 2018 World Cup - Sports Analyst

    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.

  • FC Rostov player Christian Noboa during an open training ahead of the Champions League group stage match against Bayern at Allianz Arena, Munich. (File)
    Last update: 21:29 22.08.2017
    21:29 22.08.2017

    Ecuadorian 'Tsar' of Russian Football Who Beat FC Barcelona Shares Expectations of FIFA 2018

    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.

  • The official mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia at the presentation of a program to train volunteers for the 2017 Confederations Cup Russia and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, at Moscow's Russian State University of Social Sciences.
    Last update: 19:45 17.08.2017
    19:45 17.08.2017

    Why the World Cup Might Change British People's Minds About Russia

    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.