The Winter Olympics, Empty Stadiums, and the Redrawing of Russian Football History
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.
Top Secret Adidas 2014 World Cup Boots and Kits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The new Adidas collection press preview came to London this week, with Soccerlens granted exclusive access to some of the hottest upcoming lines from the brand, including a sneak peek at some of the most eagerly anticipated World Cup boots for this summer's showpiece event.
Ever since you announced on December 2, 2010 that Qatar won the bid for the 2022 World Cup over Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the United States, controversies have run rampant over you and your fellow voters. One of the reasons that you provided for Russia, the first Eastern European country to host a World Cup, winning the 2018 World Cup and Qatar, the first Middle Eastern country to host a World Cup, winning the 2022 World Cup bids was "going to new lands" and "development of football," or, as I like to call it, "where the money is.
Last week, two Republican senators told FIFA that they wanted Russia kicked out of the 2014 World Cup. Now, in retaliation, deputies in the Russian State Duma have called for the USA's FIFA membership to be terminated.
One of the Russian deputies wrote on his Twitter page:
Adidas unveil new 2014 World Cup Away Shirts- Spain Germany Russia and Argentina is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Adidas unveil new 2014 World Cup Away Shirts- Spain Germany Russia and Argentina is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Adidas have today (February 13, 2014) unveiled new World Cup away kits for Spain, Germany, Russia and Argentina as the teams prepare for this year's mega event in Brazil.
'2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' game set for April release - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With 121 days still to go before the start of the World Cup, EA Sports have announced the impending arrival of the official '2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' video game, with fans able to get their teeth into the action as soon as April.
Place your Bets! Analysing the 2014 World Cup Betting Favourites - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The summer is fast approaching, and in true World Cup fashion, football fans everywhere have begun to browse catalogues of the latest wide-screen TVs, sound out their favourite watering holes, and pray that the old barbecue will survive in the back garden this winter.
We have been talking a lot in class about the questionable decisions for the World Cup to be in Brazil in 2014 and Qatar in 2022 based on current conditions, but today we found out that officials at the Sochi Olympics will not allow photos and documentation to be shown to the public via many social media avenues and that other reporting will be highly monitored.
Photographs of Russia's home shirt for World Cup 2014 have been leaked on the Internet.
Designed and manufactured by adidas, Russia's new home shirt for 2014 features a red shirt with maroon sleeves and rounded collar, that's accentuated by a gold trim. The classy shirt also features the colors of the Russia flag on each sleeve as well the colors on the back of the neck on the reverse of the shirt.
England, Spain, Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina qualified for FIFA World Cup 2014 tonight, joining the teams who have already qualified â€” Brazil, United States of America, Australia, Japan, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Netherlands, Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany.
In Europe, there's still the playoffs remaining, where the following teams will compete for a chance to reach the World Cup in Brazil â€” France, Greece, Portugal, Ukraine, Sweden, Iceland, Croatia and Romania.
Let's not parse words: when headlines related to racism in football make the rounds, it's understandable to assume the story must be related to one of the countries that's been associated with racism in the past.
You know that soccer has made it in America when the politicians in the United States and Russia are using it as a weapon.
On Friday, Republican U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) sent a letter to FIFA president Joseph Blatter asking that he strip Russia's FIFA membership, ban the country from the 2014 World Cup, and move the 2018 World Cup out of the country.
Euro 2016 Draw: The Big Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Welcome to Soccerlens' preview and upcoming coverage of Sunday's Euro 2016 draw, which will take place at 11:00 GMT in Nice, France.
With qualification for this summer's World Cup in Brazil all sorted, we can turn our attentions to the upcoming European Championships in France, with a whole host of international heavyweights awaiting this Sunday's gala event, which will determine the fate of the 55 teams spread through six seeded pots.
We have four new party passes handed out for Brazil 2014; Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Switzerland are in. So who can make the list on Tuesday and how? We gotchu. Honduras can make it 15 with so much as a draw at Jamaica. If they fail to do that, Mexico could grab the last spot with a win at Costa Rica.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has called on fans to give striker Samuel Eto'o "a little bit of time" as he is still adjusting to Premier League life.
The Cameroon international, who moved from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala to Chelsea in the summer, is set to be handed his third league start against Norwich at the weekend, yet he is still to register a goal for the Premiership club.
I am not sure what either country's duo thinks this would accomplish in the way of quelling improper foreign policy behavior, but I suppose the general idea of excluding unjustified warriors and human rights abusers from such events as World Cup is a fair topic for debate. I can understand arguments for both keeping a barrier to separate the positive unity of sport and for "losing" the bad
Russian football is rotting: the decline of Rubin Kazan
By Domm Norris
The winds of winter continue to reverberate across Russia, as all eyes begin to turn away from the snow-capped mountains of Sochi; however, the carnival atmosphere in the southern reaches of the nation have not been wholly felt in other areas of the world's most vast state.
Once touted as a long-term replacement to David Beckham on the right of England's midfield, the career of former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur winger David Bentley seems to have gone seriously off course, writes Andy Greeves.
Ten years ago, David Bentley scored the first goal of his professional career for Arsenal against Middlesbrough on January 24, 2004.
Sochi - Considered the longest city in Europe (approximately 92 miles), Sochi is a resort destination in the Krasnodar Krai territory.This is the first time Russia will host the Winter Olympics; the Soviet Union (USSR) hosted the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow.
When:The Winter Games will be held February 7-23, 2014.
Ahead of the two upcoming World Cups in the countries of Russia and Qatar in 2018 and 2022, FIFA will be sending a task force to each nation to work on convincing the countries to relax anti-gay legislation. The task force was established last year with the mission of stopping racism within football and it will now be used to help alleviate the issues that face Qatar and Russia.
Top five: Most underrated international teams - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
A lot of international teams have impressed over the past few years, some touted for an excellent World Cup campaign. Find out which will be included in a top 5 list of the most underrated international teams.