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) - The Spanish national team will use a training base in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Spanish football federation's Sporting Director Fernando Hierro said on Thursday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia’s largest information agency, Rossiya Segodnya, has launched a hotline for the host city press centers for Russian and foreign media, which will operate until the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on July 15.
While preparations for the football tournament are in full swing, Aeroflot launched a new initiative that will give Russian football fans an opportunity to buy tickets at "affordable price."
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian government has approved a bill that allows foreign nationals to enter Russia without a visa, using a personalized spectator card for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, the official statement read on Wednesday.
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.
With Iran’s football team drawn with 2010 winners Spain and current European champions Portugal in Group B for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, former team members Mehrdad Minavand and Reza Shahrudi told Sputnik that the Iranians would be much better off taking on Panama and Poland instead.
Russia will host its first FIFA World Cup on June 14 — July 15, 2018. The games will take place in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg and Sochi.
Peru became the 32nd and final side to qualify for the World Cup with a 2-0 play-off victory over New Zealand on Wednesday night. Sputnik takes a look at all the teams who will be traveling to Russia next summer.
For the first time in 60 years Italy will not be taking part in the 2018 World Cup football finals in Russia.
The match ball for next year’s tournament was unveiled during a solemn ceremony in the Russian capital.
The UK envoy to Russia has commented on the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Russia's Ministry of Communications and Mass Media has unveiled the design of the official FAN ID for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The document will serve as soccer fans' multi-purpose key to attending matches at the highly anticipated sporting event next year.
Russia will host the FIFA World Cup for the first time in history in 2018, with the games taking place in the cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd and Yekaterinburg.
Soccer fans from Argentina were jubilant following their win but there was heartbreak for Ecuador, after Lionel Messi put three goals past them, driving his team to next year's World Cup finals in Russia.
Nigeria, Poland, Egypt and Costa Rica have qualified for the World Cup in Russia over, but Scotland will not be there and it looks highly unlikely Holland - finalists three times - will make it unless they can pull off a miraculous result in their final match.
England and Germany qualified for next year's World Cup in Russia by virtue of wins on Thursday night, October 5. But two-time winners Argentina drew in Peru and are now in great danger of missing out on the tournament altogether.
Some football fans consider Lionel Messi the omniscient God of the game, and it’s is no wonder why. In the latest picture of the Argentine football star with his fans, Leo can be finally seen with a real halo above his head!
The tiny enclave of Kaliningrad, positioned between Poland and Lithuania, may be home to almost 1 mln Russians, but I would hazard a guess that with the exception of the Russians, the majority of the world’s population would be hard pressed not only to know its name but its location too.
Less than a year remains before the FIFA World Cup takes place in Russia, and Brazilian travel agencies are actively selling packages for the tournament; fans are hopeful for their teams under the leadership of Tita, and Russian language teachers are seeing an unprecedented interest in their services.
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