MOSCOW (Sputnik) – FIFA said on Tuesday that it had completed an investigation into possible anti-doping rule violations by Russian football players, finding insufficient evidence to claim that any of those who may take part in the World Cup committed any violations.
Less than a month before the beginning of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, British football hooligans are threatening to unleash an orgy of violence during the event.
On May 20, supporters of the Peruvian national football team have gathered in the capital to celebrate the squad's participation in the upcoming World Cup and practice their chants. Among them is Enrique de la Lama, who's traveling to Russia this summer to see his team play in the tournament for the first time in 36 years.
The Kaliningrad stadium, also known as Arena Baltika, was built especially for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and is now ready to accommodate fans of the most anticipated sporting event of the year.
The Ekaterinburg Arena is located in the heart of the city of Yekaterinburg. Sputnik presents all the greatness of the stadium in which the architectures of Russia and the Soviet Union merge.
The 1.2 million city of Rostov-on-Don has received its brand-new stadium and an opening ceremony, which included a Russian Premier League match between FC Rostov and FC Ural, which took place last Sunday. The ceremony was quite unpretentious, as FIFA experts requested to be as careful as possible with the new football ground.
The New York-based NGO has issued a 49-page "guide for reporters" devoted to what it says is Russia's "deteriorating human rights situation" ahead of the World Cup. Commenting on the report, Spanish journalist Ignacio Ortega and German lawmaker Petr Bystron told Sputnik they were disappointed to see this attempt to politicize a sports celebration.
England manager Gareth Southgate has named Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the squad for next month's World Cup in Russia. Sputnik looks at some of the other unheralded players heading for Russia, might end up becoming big name stars.
England fans traveling to the World Cup in Russia next month have been warned by British police to beware of "sensitive sites" especially in Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad. But England supporter Kevin Miles said he sensed they would get a welcome similar to the one fans received in Japan in 2002.
VOLGOGRAD (Sputnik) - Volgograd will ensure a high level of security for foreign football fans arriving for the 2018 World Cup, Volgograd Region Governor Andrei Bocharov announced after the trial matches at the new Volgograd Arena.
Sputnik Press-Office - Sputnik international news agency and radio, both part of the Rossiya Segodnya media group, have launched special media portals for their subscribers ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
The 1.2 million Rostov-on-Don got its brand-new stadium and an opening ceremony, which included a Russian Premier League match between FC Rostov and FC Ural that took place last Sunday. The ceremony was quite unpretentious as FIFA experts asked to be as cautious as possible with the new football ground.
SOCHI (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday invited leaders of the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) to attend the FIFA World Cup, set to be held in Russia this summer.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called on the UK football fans on Monday to obey Russian laws during the 2018 World Cup this summer.
BERLIN (Sputnik) - Russian and German Foreign Ministries are in talks about allowing German journalist Hajo Seppelt to cover the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebar said.
Last month, a British intelligence expert warned English footballers against exquisite Russian women, who might distract them from the FIFA World Cup, held in Russia.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD (Sputnik) - Russia's Nizhny Novgorod Region, which will host six 2018 FIFA World Cup matches, expects up to several thousand of tourists from Austria to come for the tournament this summer as well as afterward, the Nizhny Novgorod Region's acting governor Gleb Nikitin said on Friday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Part of Moscow Kremlin's towers and wall facades will be unveiled after restoration on June 10-12, ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the head of the restoration project, Ivan Orynchuk, told Sputnik.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will be present at the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
SOCHI (Sputnik) – Russia has almost completed its preparations for the football World Cup, only "precision tuning" is left, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
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