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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.

Zenit St. Petersburg

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.

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.

Russia

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.

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.

RoM anniversary

Remember when… we won a trophy on a rainy night in Moscow?

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I was still a bit wet behind the ears when I went to Barcelona so the size of what we achieved in 1999 hadn't registered as much to me as it did with my father, who had endured some slightly bleaker times.

The morning of the flight to Domodedovo Airport and the terminal was awash with noisy Reds fuelled with hope and alcohol ready for the journey ahead.

MARK OGDEN ON… Selling Ronaldo, atmosphere for Barcelona in 08 and Moyes’ press conferences

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Mark Ogden, Chief Football Correspondent at The Independent, has shared some memories from the past decade from reporting on United.

RoM: What do you think the best moment of the past 10 years has been for United?

Cristiano Ronaldo

Terry: Moscow miss still keeps me awake

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John Terry has reflected on the night when he helped win the European Cup for Manchester United, after missing Chelsea's fifth penalty in Moscow.

After Cristiano Ronaldo's miss, Terry's inability to score took the penalty shoot out to sudden death, which we won after Edwin Van der Sar saved Nicolas Anelka's spot-kick.

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.

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 [.

The Rest

Summer striker target to get Arsenal transfer in January?

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Arsenal fans and the football media were left pretty bemused and baffled by the transfer doings of Arsene Wenger in the latest summer transfer window, so we can only guess and cross our fingers that the Frenchman is planning to be a bit more proactive when the winter transfer window opens in January.

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.