Moscow

John Terry

Rio: I was next in line to take a penalty in Moscow

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Rio Ferdinand was on the Clare Balding show and has talked about the night in Moscow when we beat Chelsea in the European Cup final.

Following missed penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo and John Terry, the shoot-out went in to sudden death. Ryan Giggs, on the night be broke Sir Bobby Charlton's appearance record, slotted away his penalty, before Nicolas Anelka stepped up.

Terry Asked For Deciding Penalty In Moscow

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Avram Grant has reflected on the European Cup final of 2008 when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties.

After Cristiano Ronaldo missed his penalty and Chelsea scored all of theirs, it came to John Terry to win it for the blues. Terry slipped and the rest is history but Grant has today talked about how his captain asked to take the deciding penalty in place of Didier Drogba, who had been sent off in extra time.

Russia

The Winter Olympics, Empty Stadiums, and the Redrawing of...

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The Winter Olympics, Empty Stadiums, and the Redrawing of Russian Football History

ByDomm Norris

More so than any other nation across Europe, politics is a powerful beast in Russian society, and its influence has had a significant impact upon the way in which football has evolved throughout the post-Soviet era.

Dynamo Moscow Comes Under Paintball Attack

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So this is a new one: ultras in camo shoot underperforming players with paintballs.

There's no real place in the world for people who take a sport so seriously they need to don field & leaf patterned clothing to dart into the night after launching balls full of paint at other human beings for their inability to kick a ball up to certain standards.

Russia vs Northern Ireland Highlights 2-0 2012 Faizulin Shirokov Goals NI WC 2014 Qualification Video

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Preview RUS-NIR: Capello's Russia

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Fabio Capello will receive his first competitive test tomorrow as Russia take on Northern Ireland in Moscow to start their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign. Since taking charge, Fabio Capello has worked to patch the gaps that resulted in the Euro 2012 campaign. Criticism has been wide spread and intense, [read more]

Andrei Arshavin MUST join a Russian team today – or effectively retire from football

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I fully expect Andrei Arshavin to make a decision on his future today and it is expected that he will be returning to Russia with either Dynamo Moscow or CSKA Moscow being his expected destination. Just like the January transfer window when Arshavin went to Zenit at the last-minute, today is the deadline day for [.

Spurs linked with Euro 2012 star

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Russian international Alan Dzagoev is the latest player to be linked with a move to Spurs in this transfer window but unlike many of the current rumours, there appears to be some substance to this, with claims that an offer has been made. Dzagoev's father and agent states that bids have been received for his son in recent days.

“Arshavin is impudent and a lout!”

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The Russia captain Andrei Arshavin started the European Championships in great style as he helped his country destroy the Czech Republic in their first game, but two distinctly below average games against Poland and Greece saw him lead his country straight home after the Group Stages, while the Czech's recovered enough to progress.

Backpage Roundup: Dzagoev, Kalou, van Persie and More

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English: Alan Dzagoev with the Russia national football team in 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wenger Keen to Recruit Dzagoev

Coach Arsene Wenger is keen to sign Russia's in-form attacking midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who is lightening up the European Championship these days with his goal scoring exploits.

Poland v Russia – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 12 June 2012

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Co-host Poland looks for their first win of Euro 2012 as they face Group A favorites Russia. The match will take place at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Poland manager Franciszek Smuda

"That psychological burden on the players from before the tournament has gone and in the next match we will not be under the same kind of pressure.

Russia seek fast Euro 2012 start against faltering Czechs

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Russia were already most pundits' picks to lead the way in Group A, but last Friday in Zurich they confirmed that in some style... a 3-0 win over Italy, sealed by two late goals from Roman Shirokov, may have said more about the muddle the Italians are in, but it also means the Russians are hot favourites to make a winning start when it matters, against the Czech Republic in Wroclaw.

Russia vs Uruguay 2012 Highlights 1-1 Kerzhakov Suarez Goal Video Friendly

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Preview RUS-URU: Russia take on 2010 Semifinalists

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Russia will be taking on Uruguay later today in a friendly match at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow. This will serve as the first of three warm up matches before commencing the tournament against the Czech Republic on June 8. The other opponents will be Lithuania on May 29 and [read more]

Spartak Moscow fans make the Zenit St Petersburg lion do unspeakable things with a giant penis

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Football banners used to be a hastily assembled slogan painted onto an old bedsheet (probably with a spelling mistake or two). That's no longer the case, especially not in Russia by the looks of it. Spartak Moscow fans taunted opponents Zenit St Petersburg by bringing in a banner of the Zenit mascot a lion [.

The Moscow Derby Gets A Postmatch Subway Brawl

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Hey, Russia's just full of excellent PR this week.

After the Moscow derby on Monday, CSKA defeating Spartak 2-1 away, a kerfuffle erupted on the escalators in the capital's famed underground. It involved lots of surprisingly calm observers and one guy who decided to use the railings as parallel bars in hopes of landing a spot on the Russian Olympic martial artnastics team in the summer.

Samba Gets Abused, Fan Gets The Guus Death Stare

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This is pretty tragic, more so because it's neither surprising nor uncommon in the Russian Premier League. In fact, one fan was recently acquitted of racial abuse for throwing a banana at Roberto Carlos because he'd simply chucked it out of anger. Mmhmm.

Christopher Samba, new to Anzhi in the last month, received a rude welcome to go with the boffer pay packet they're handing out in Dagestan these days.

Champions League

POTD : Snow’s The Norm In Moscow For Champions League

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A man was seen removing the snow from the lines on the pitch during half time of the Champions League group D soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich in Moscow this evening (currently, the score reads 3-1 to the German Champions) Due to the time difference and the fact that is winter, Champions League matches in Russia usually kick off two hours than the prescribed time by UEFA.

Barca - 3, Spartak Moscow - 0

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  • FC Barcelona secures Champions League Knock-out Qualification with thumping win.
  • Lionel Messi scored twice to take tally to 80 Goals in 2012.

FC Barcelona secured qualification to UEFA Champions League Knock-out stage with a 3-0 victory against Spartak Moscow.

Results for Champions League for Wednesday 29th August 2012

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19:45 Lille (2-0) FC Copenhagen at Lille Metropole19:45 Celtic (2-0) Helsingborg at Celtic Park19:45 Fenerbahce (1-1) Spartak Moscow at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium19:45 Dynamo Kiev (1-2) M'gladbach at NSC Olimpiyskiy19:45 CFR Cluj-Napoca (1-0) FC Basel at Dr. Constantin Radulescu Stadium

Gianfranco Zola: ‘Pain of 2008 Champions League Final will double Chelsea’s strength against Bayern Munich’

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Gianfranco Zola says the pain of Chelsea's Champions League Final defeat to Manchester United four years ago will help them as they take on Bayern Munich tomorrow night. When OTP caught up with the Stamford Bridge legend, we asked him whether Chelsea can defy the odds in Europe one last time and defeat Bayern in [.

The Chelsea View: The big man with a final point to prove.

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Imagine you are in your first Champions League final and after a losing your head for a moment, you have been sent off and are taking that long lonely walk back to the dressing room and out of the game. What must that have been like for Didier Drogba? What was going through your mind then and has been ever since?

The Chelsea View: Creative Lampard to lead us to glory?

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Saturday night, on that pitch in Munich and without John Terry there the focus of leadership will turn to Frank Lampard. Chelsea have plenty of leaders on the pitch but there will be only one wearing the armband, one voice above everyone else's the man the others will look to.

You see, Lampard has been there and done that as far as his experience goes and once again on the biggest stage of all, he has a chance to put right the wrongs of Moscow.

The Chelsea View: Robbie focuses on second chances.

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I spent yesterday on the blog focusing on the Bayern Munich perspective and now today I want to focus on Chelsea's coming into the game on Saturday. So let's start with Robbie Di Matteo and what I believe to be an important message to his players within his press conference that took place on media day at Cobham yesterday.

The Chelsea View: Robbie focuses on second chances.

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I spent yesterday on the blog focusing on the Bayern Munich perspective and now today I want to focus on Chelsea's coming into the game on Saturday. So let's start with Robbie Di Matteo and what I believe to be an important message to his players within his press conference that took place on media day at Cobham yesterday.

Catharsis Lounge: 2008 Champions League final edn.

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I know what you're thinking. 1. You don't want to revisit that wretched night in Moscow. 2. You don't want to revisit that wretched night in Moscow. However, we're going to, not just because we have a final coming up in three days and change but also because, dammit, it's time we extinguish this nightmare from the memory once and for all.

The Bayern View: The Talisman's wary of wounded Chelsea.

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Next in my series of views coming out of Munich as we build up to Saturdays final is the view of Talisman, Bastian Schweinsteiger. I have posted some interesting views from the Manager and the President and now it's the turn Schweinsteiger. The German international was part of the side that lost to Jose Mourino's Inter Milan and has been quick to point out that Bayern are a better side now.

Drogba, Iniesta praise midfield maestro

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Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta have both paid tribute to veteran Blues midfielder Frank Lampard's ability to impact big matches.

As the Blues prepare to host the UEFA Champions League holders in tonight's highly anticipated semifinal first leg at Stamford Bridge, it is clear that Lampard is hungrily seeking to get a step closer to his European dream.

Videos

Video: Usain Bolt dedicates gold medal to Manchester United

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Usain Bolt has dedicated his 100m World Championships victory to Manchester United. The Jamaican sprinter regained his world title in Moscow yesterday evening, but his thoughts were also on the Community Shield at the time. After his race, he said: "I think if they [Manchester United] dedicated their win to me and I dedicated my [.

Golazo en Hockey sobre hielo Nikolay Zherdev KHL’s Atlant Moscow

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Hay quienes siguen pensando que en el Hockey solo hay peleas en la pista de hielo, pero la verdad es que se necesita mucha habilidad para manejar todo el equipo en este deporte, de repente vemos muy buenas jugadas como esta del jugador ruso Nikolay Zherdev.
No todo el hockey sobre hielo es la NHL.

North And South: Irish Sides Struggle In The East As World Cup 2014 Gets Underway (Photos)

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By Alan Duffy

That's some divot

Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland produced poor performances on Friday night in their opening World Cup qualifiers of the new campaign.

The North travelled to Moscow to face Fabio Capello's Russia.

Russian Captain Andrei Arshavin Booed By Own Fans In Moscow (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Russia fans finally  got a chance to reply to Andrei Arshavin's Euro 2012 put-down in Moscow on Wednesday night, booing the pint-sized schemer when he came on as a sub.

After Russia's shock Euro 2012 exit at the hands of Greece, Arshavin had a little contretemps with some fans who were less than pleased by their team's limp performance.

Russian Premier League

SWOL Top 100: The Best U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (25-21)

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SWOL analyst Mohamed Al-Hendy continues his countdown of the best U21 footballers in the world that you should watch in 2013 as we finish up the 20's with places 25-21.

Note: This article was written in January as part of a series. Some of the players have switched teams, or progressed dramatically since then.

CSKA Moscow adidas 2012/13 Home and Away Kits

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Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow (Full name: FC Central Sport Club of the Army / Профессиональный футбольный клуб – ЦСКА) has launched its 2012/13 home and away kits from new technical...

English Premier League

Liverpool Failed With January Bid For Winger

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Dinamo Moscow's Hungarian winger Balazs Dzsudzsak has claimed that Liverpool had a bid rejected for him during the January transfer window.
The player only moved to Dinamo last January, but is open to moving clubs again after a year in Moscow.
Part of his desire to move is the lure of playing in the Premier League, something that few players can resist.

Backpage Roundup: Dzagoev’s Confession, Ljungberg’s Advice, Clichy, Bendtner and More

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Dzagoev Admits Desire to Switch Club

Reported Arsenal target Alan Dzagoev has alerted his potential suitors by confessing that he might want to leave his current club CSKA Moscow when his contract with them expires at the end of the year.

Spurs defender set to move

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According to a report by The Guardian, Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong could be leaving White Hart Lane this summer. The giant center back spent the second half of last season on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers after seeing a lack of playing time at Tottenham, and is strongly linked with the exit door this summer.

The Rest

Cribs With Samuel Eto’o

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Sammy went to Anzhi for the football. Serious.

You may or may not know the players for Anzhi Makhachkala do not actually live in Dagestan for predictable reasons, but in Moscow, where they train, only flying to their "home" for "home" games. Samuel gave a tour of his pad in Moscow. Only 80k euros a month.

Russia and Poland fans fight before match resulting in 10 injuries

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Russia and Poland played out a 1-1 draw in perhaps the most feared match of Euro 2012 from a security standpoint. The two countries have a long history of military invasions and occupations and supporters from both sides seemed intent on continuing those hostile relations. Prior to the match, approximately 100 fans from both sides were involved in various fights around Warsaw, resulting in 56 arrests and 10 injuries.

Kickette Catch Up: Your Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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We met a man carrying a "Big Ass Beers" sign over the weekend, Kickettes.

He was a lot of fun.

This is not a picture of him and we'll explain why not in a sec.

Saturday

- Louise Redknapp was named the new face of WallisFashion's petite range.