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Zenit win to boost Champions League hopes

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Moscow (AFP) – Zenit St Petersburg gave their hopes of reaching next season’s Champions League a major boost with a 2-0 win at bottom club Tomsk on Monday.

Midfielder Oleg Shatov and skipper Danny both scored to give Zenit a well-deserved win which lifted them into second, eight points behind the league leaders Spartak Moscow with four games left.

Zenit win to boost Champions League hopes

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Moscow (AFP) – Zenit St Petersburg gave their hopes of reaching next season’s Champions League a major boost with a 2-0 win at bottom club Tomsk on Monday.

Midfielder Oleg Shatov and skipper Danny both scored to give Zenit a well-deserved win which lifted them into second, eight points behind the league leaders Spartak Moscow with four games left.

People vs the army in Spartak-CSKA Moscow derby

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Moscow (AFP) – One club represented the mighty Soviet Red Army, the other was named after an ancient gladiator-slave - now Moscow’s CSKA and Spartak fight out one of the fiercest rivalries in Russian football.

The two teams face off Sunday in a furious city derby that comes with added spice this year: Spartak are top of the Russian Premier League and chasing their first title in 16 years, while CSKA are the reigning champions and are second.

People vs the army in Spartak-CSKA Moscow derby

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Moscow (AFP) – One club represented the mighty Soviet Red Army, the other was named after an ancient gladiator-slave - now Moscow’s CSKA and Spartak fight out one of the fiercest rivalries in Russian football.

The two teams face off Sunday in a furious city derby that comes with added spice this year: Spartak are top of the Russian Premier League and chasing their first title in 16 years, while CSKA are the reigning champions and are second.

England-based pair give Ivory Coast football win in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – England-based pair Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha fired Ivory Coast to a 2-0 win over Russia in a friendly at Krasnodar on Friday.

It was Russia’s third defeat in six matches since Stanislav Cherchesov took over as manager in August - the other two coming against Costa Rica and Qatar last year.

CSKA keep in touch at top in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – Brazilian striker Vitinho netted after just 32 seconds as reigning champions CSKA Moscow eased to a 4-0 win over bottom-placed Tomsk on Saturday to narrow the gap on Russian Premier League leaders Spartak Moscow.

The Red Army side are now level on points with Zenit St Petersburg, who visit Amkar Perm on Sunday, and five points behind Spartak, who take on Anzhi Makhachkala also on Sunday.

Hooliganism should be a sport, says top Russian lawmaker

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Moscow (AFP) – Football hooliganism should be recognised as a sport with a set of written rules, said a top Russian politician Sunday who even described violent fans as “cordial supporters”.

Igor Lebedev, the deputy speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, and a member of the executive board of the Russian Football Union (RFU), says his country could even be a pioneer in the new “sport”.

Kremlin to host World Cup finals draw

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Moscow (AFP) The draw for the 2018 World Cup finals hosted by Russia will take place in the Kremlin on December 1, the country's Football Union (RFU) chief Vitaly Mutko said Monday.

Mutko, Russia's deputy prime minister, said that FIFA had approved the plan, which world football's ruling body later confirmed.

Kremlin to host World Cup finals draw

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Moscow (AFP) The draw for the 2018 World Cup finals hosted by Russia will take place in the Kremlin on December 1, the country's Football Union (RFU) chief Vitaly Mutko said Monday.

Mutko, Russia's deputy prime minister, said that FIFA had approved the plan, which world football's ruling body later confirmed.

Zenit beat Ufa to keep tabs on leaders Spartak

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Moscow (AFP) Zenit St Petersburgbounced back from a disappointing defeat in their previous Premier League match at Krasnodar beating Ufa 2-0 on Wednesday to narrow the gap on leaders Spartak Moscow.

The late goals by Brazilian Giuliano and Russian international forward Alexander Kokorin set Saint Petersburg side on their way to a hard-fought win to stay in second, three points adrift of Spartak.

Zenit face Krasnodar boosted by Europe run

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Moscow (AFP) Zenit St Petersburg face Krasnodar this weekend boosted by a fifth straight win in the Europa League and the return of three players from suspension.

Zenit are placed second in the Russian Premier League, three points behind Spartak Moscow who play Terek Grozny.

After Thursday's 2-0 Europa League defeat of Israeli side Maccabi Tel-Aviv Zenit coach Mircea Lucescu said: "I'm happy with the wins in our last matches against Samara and Maccabi.

Setbacks endure as Russia preps for World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) Corruption scandals, extended deadlines and even a wobbly pitch are just a few of the setbacks Russia has faced ahead of the 2018 World Cup, though authorities vow everything will be ready on time.

Putting the final touches on the infrastructure in four host cities Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi has become all the more pressing because they will also host the Confederations Cup next year, a dress rehearsal for the 2018 tournament.

Setbacks endure as Russia preps for World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) Corruption scandals, extended deadlines and even a wobbly pitch are just a few of the setbacks Russia has faced ahead of the 2018 World Cup, though authorities vow everything will be ready on time.

Putting the final touches on the infrastructure in four host cities Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi has become all the more pressing because they will also host the Confederations Cup next year, a dress rehearsal for the 2018 tournament.

Russia’s Putin to meet FIFA chief Infantino

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Moscow (AFP) Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in Moscow on Friday ahead of this weekend's draw for the Confederations Cup, the Kremlin announced on Thursday.

"The head of state will meet the FIFA president in Moscow," read a brief statement from the Kremlin, with Infantino on his way to Kazan for the draw for next year's tournament.

Leverkusen hold on for CSKA draw in Champions League

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Moscow (AFP) Bayer Leverkusen played out a 1-1 draw at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday to put the German club on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages.

Kevin Volland put Leverkusen ahead after 16 minutes before Israeli international Bibras Natcho converted a second-half penalty to snatch a draw for the Russian club.

Spartak, CSKA fined over Moscow fan violence

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Moscow (AFP) Russian arch-rivals Spartak and CSKA were each fined nearly $8,000 on Wednesday over fan violence that halted their Moscow derby at the weekend and shone another damning spotlight on the World Cup host.

The latest crowd trouble to tarnish Russian football erupted on Saturday when Spartak and CSKA supporters clashed at Spartak's Otkrytie Arena, a 2018 World Cup venue, forcing the referee to stop the match for five minutes in the second half.

Spartak, CSKA fined over Moscow fan violence

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Moscow (AFP) Russian arch-rivals Spartak and CSKA were each fined nearly $8,000 on Wednesday over fan violence that halted their Moscow derby at the weekend and shone another damning spotlight on the World Cup host.

The latest crowd trouble to tarnish Russian football erupted on Saturday when Spartak and CSKA supporters clashed at Spartak's Otkrytie Arena, a 2018 World Cup venue, forcing the referee to stop the match for five minutes in the second half.

Zenit beat Ural to join Spartak on top in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) Zenit St Petersburg beat Ural Yekaterinburg 2-0 on Sunday to go level on points with Russian Premier League leaders Spartak Moscow.

Spartak kept top spot having won more games, with Zenit joining them on 22 points after maintaining their unbeaten start to the season.

Reigning champions CSKA, who beat Ufa 1-0 on Friday, are one point behind in third.

Zenit beat Ural to join Spartak on top in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) Zenit St Petersburg beat Ural Yekaterinburg 2-0 on Sunday to go level on points with Russian Premier League leaders Spartak Moscow.

Spartak kept top spot having won more games, with Zenit joining them on 22 points after maintaining their unbeaten start to the season.

Reigning champions CSKA, who beat Ufa 1-0 on Friday, are one point behind in third.

CSKA play down fan fears at Tottenham clash

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Moscow (AFP) CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky insisted there would be no repeat of the Euro 2016 fan violence when the Russian champions host Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.

CSKA take on the Londoners in Moscow on Tuesday in the first visit by an English side to the country since fans from the two countries clashed at the summer tournament in France.

CSKA play down fan fears at Tottenham clash

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Moscow (AFP) CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky insisted there would be no repeat of the Euro 2016 fan violence when the Russian champions host Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.

CSKA take on the Londoners in Moscow on Tuesday in the first visit by an English side to the country since fans from the two countries clashed at the summer tournament in France.

Key arrest in Russian hooliganism probe

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Moscow (AFP) Russian special police on Saturday publicly detained the far-right football fan leader implicated in this summer's Euro 2016 violence in France.

Moscow police said its criminal investigation department hauled in the head of Russia's national supporters association Alexander Shprygin for questioning and searched his home and office.

Key arrest in Russian hooliganism probe

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Moscow (AFP) Russian special police on Saturday publicly detained the far-right football fan leader implicated in this summer's Euro 2016 violence in France.

Moscow police said its criminal investigation department hauled in the head of Russia's national supporters association Alexander Shprygin for questioning and searched his home and office.

Veteran Ignashevich heads winner for champions CSKA

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Moscow (AFP) Veteran full-back Sergei Ignashevich shrugged off his 37 years to head the winning goal as reigning Russian champions CSKA Moscowbeat rock-bottom Samara 2-1on Sunday.

Midfielder Alexander Golovin was also on target as CSKA ground out a win which left them in second place in the table, two points behind leaders Spartak.

FIFA head to delay-hit Worl Cup 2018 stadium

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Moscow (AFP) FIFA on Wednesday said work on Moscow's flagship Luzhniki stadium for the 2018 World Cup appeared to be on course, ahead of a visit to the delay-hit arena in Saint Petersburg.

"We're very pleased with the progress here in Luzhniki," the major stadium for the World Cup," Colin Smith, the FIFA chief competitions and events officer, said after checking up on construction.

I want to return to Euro 2016 – Russian agitator

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Moscow (AFP) The Russian far-right football fan leader expelled from France over unrest at Euro 2016 on Saturday swaggered through a Moscow airport, his outstretched arms holding a Russian flag with a snarling bear and vowed to return to France before the end of the tournament.

Alexander Shprygin, who heads Russia's national supporters association, was among the 20 Russian fans expelled from France for disrupting public order after violent clashes between Russian and English fans last weekend before their countries met in Marseille.

I want to return to Euro 2016 – Russian agitator

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Moscow (AFP) The Russian far-right football fan leader expelled from France over unrest at Euro 2016 on Saturday swaggered through a Moscow airport, his outstretched arms holding a Russian flag with a snarling bear and vowed to return to France before the end of the tournament.

Alexander Shprygin, who heads Russia's national supporters association, was among the 20 Russian fans expelled from France for disrupting public order after violent clashes between Russian and English fans last weekend before their countries met in Marseille.

Russia summons French envoy over Euro 2016 fan arrests

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Moscow (AFP) Russia's foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned France's ambassador to Moscow over the detention of 43 Russian fans in southern France after street violence in Marseille.

"The Russian foreign ministry summoned the French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert," the ministry said, warning that "further stoking of anti-Russian sentiments.

Russia summons French envoy over Euro 2016 fan arrests

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Moscow (AFP) Russia's foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned France's ambassador to Moscow over the detention of 43 Russian fans in southern France after street violence in Marseille.

"The Russian foreign ministry summoned the French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert," the ministry said, warning that "further stoking of anti-Russian sentiments.

Moscow calls detention of Russian fans in France ‘unacceptable’

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Moscow (AFP) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday slammed the detention of Russian football fans in France as "absolutely unacceptable" while French authorities remain wary of more clashes at Euro 2016.

"It was an absolutely unacceptable incident when a bus with more than 40 Russian fans was stopped by police," Lavrov said, referring to the group of 43 Russian supporters taken into custody Tuesday over clashes around Russia's match against England on Saturday.

Moscow calls detention of Russian fans in France ‘unacceptable’

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Moscow (AFP) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday slammed the detention of Russian football fans in France as "absolutely unacceptable" while French authorities remain wary of more clashes at Euro 2016.

"It was an absolutely unacceptable incident when a bus with more than 40 Russian fans was stopped by police," Lavrov said, referring to the group of 43 Russian supporters taken into custody Tuesday over clashes around Russia's match against England on Saturday.

‘The English are girls’, says Russian hooligan

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Moscow (AFP) Russia are just 29th in the world football rankings but fighting for top spot in the hooligan stakes thanks to the efforts of characters like Vladimir, a Moscow public relations manager who considers violence a sport.

Vladimir, who is married with two children, returned Sunday from the latest battleground at the European Championship finals in France and declared "the English are girls.

Neustadter gets Russian passport ahead of Euro

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Moscow (AFP) Twice-capped Germany international Roman Neustadter has received a Russian passport allowing the defender to play for the country at the Euro, a post on the national team's Twitter site announced on Monday.

The Twitter site posted a picture of the 28-year-old Schalke player holding up his new Russian passport at Russia's Consulate in Bonn.

Neustadter gets Russian passport ahead of Euro

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Moscow (AFP) Twice-capped Germany international Roman Neustadter has received a Russian passport allowing the defender to play for the country at the Euro, a post on the national team's Twitter site announced on Monday.

The Twitter site posted a picture of the 28-year-old Schalke player holding up his new Russian passport at Russia's Consulate in Bonn.

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Zenit St Petersburg face stern test of unbeaten start

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Moscow (AFP) Russian Premier League joint leaders Zenit St Petersburg face a tough game at Terek Grozny on Sunday as they look to maintain their unbeaten run after making progress in the Europa League.

Zenit, the Premier League's only unbeaten side, sit second, level on points with Spartak Moscow, who top the table having won more matches this term.

Leaders Spartak regroup for Zenit after Ufa flop

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Moscow (AFP) Russian Premier League table-toppers Spartak Moscow hope to bounce back from last week's 1-0 home defeat to minnows Ufa when they visit Zenit St Petersburg on Sunday.

Despite last weekend's shock, Spartak still have a one-point lead at the top over second-placed reigning champions CSKA, while Zenit sit third, two points further back.

Leaders Spartak regroup for Zenit after Ufa flop

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Moscow (AFP) Russian Premier League table-toppers Spartak Moscow hope to bounce back from last week's 1-0 home defeat to minnows Ufa when they visit Zenit St Petersburg on Sunday.

Despite last weekend's shock, Spartak still have a one-point lead at the top over second-placed reigning champions CSKA, while Zenit sit third, two points further back.

CSKA look for response after Cup drubbing

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Moscow (AFP) Russian Premier League leaders CSKA Moscow hope to bounce back from Monday's 4-1 defeat to Zenit St Petersburg in the domestic cup final when they host Terek Grozny on Saturday.

The Red Army side moved top of the table following a 3-0 win at Ural Yekaterinburg last week but are just two points ahead of second-placed Rostov with reigning champions Zenit in third, two points further back.

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Igor Akinfeev a Russian icon despite World Cup blunder

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Moscow (AFP) Igor Akinfeev's international name has been marked by a calamitous error at the 2014 World Cup, but he remains Russia's best goalkeeper and he is looking to make amends at Euro 2016.

As the clock ticked towards 70 minutes in Russia's opening group match in Brazil, South Korean Lee Keun-ho hit a speculative shot that looked an easy take.

Igor Akinfeev a Russian icon despite World Cup blunder

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Moscow (AFP) Igor Akinfeev's international name has been marked by a calamitous error at the 2014 World Cup, but he remains Russia's best goalkeeper and he is looking to make amends at Euro 2016.

As the clock ticked towards 70 minutes in Russia's opening group match in Brazil, South Korean Lee Keun-ho hit a speculative shot that looked an easy take.