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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.

Top Secret Adidas 2014 World Cup Boots and Kits

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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.

Fear and Loathing in Qatar: A Letter to Sepp Blatter

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Dear FIFA President Sepp Blatter,

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.

Russian State Duma Deputies Call for Ending of US FIFA Membership: Daily Soccer Report

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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:

"It's an eye for an eye, a ball for a ball.

World Cup 2014: Russia Away Kit

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World Cup 2014: Russia Away Kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Adidas present official away kit of Russia national football team, which the players will present during the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Innovative Features

The best feature of this uniform is its lightness.

Adidas unveil new 2014 World Cup Away Shirts- Spain Germany Russia and Argentina

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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.

Russia 2014 World Cup adidas Away Kit

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The Russia 2014 World Cup away kit has been unveiled by RFU outfitter adidas. The [...]

’2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil’ game set for April release

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'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

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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.

Russia Away Shirt For World Cup 2014: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo has been leaked on the Internet featuring Russia's away/change shirt that they'll be wearing at World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

Designed and manufactured by adidas, Russia's away shirt is a uniquely designed white jersey with waves of different shades of blue covering the upper chest and upper sleeves.

Budweiser Captures the Unique Emotion of the World Cup Draw

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Budweiser Captures the Unique Emotion of the World Cup Draw - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After months of eager anticipation, the World Cup draw was finally broadcast around the world, slowly filling football fans everywhere with contrasting feelings of hope and dread.

With the mainstream eye firmly fixed on the draw in Sao Paulo, Budweiser took the show to ground level; filming the immediate reactions of those who matter the most the people.

World Cup Draw: England vs Suarez and Balotelli, Australia’s group of death and much more

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World Cup Draw: England vs Suarez and Balotelli, Australia's group of death and much more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The World Cup draw was completed today, with the groups decided for next summer's spectacle in Brazil.

There are a number of standout groups, with mouth-watering clashes galore, grudge matches and what is sure to be some scintillating action.

Russia World Cup Shirt For World Cup 2014 From adidas: Official [PHOTOS]

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adidas has unveiled Russia's World Cup 2014 kit for the tournament that will be held in Brazil.

Russia's home shirt for World Cup 2014 is maroon with gold stripes down the sleeves, as well as different shade of maroon as a secondary trim color.

Original features of the shirt include a printed tribute to the Conquerors of Space celebrating Russia's great space achievements, three adidas golden stripes and the Flag of Russia.

Russia 2014 World Cup adidas Home Jersey

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The Russia 2014 FIFA World World Cup home shirt was launched by technical sponsor adidas [...]

Censorship in Sochi

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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.

Russia World Cup Home Shirt For Brazil 2014: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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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 Qualify For World Cup, While Playoff Spots Decided [VIDEO]

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England, Spain, Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina qualified for FIFA World Cup 2014 tonight, joining the teams who have already qualified — 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 — France, Greece, Portugal, Ukraine, Sweden, Iceland, Croatia and Romania.

World Cup qualification roundup: England and Spain through

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World Cup qualification roundup: England and Spain through - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A 2-0 win over Poland booked England's place at the World Cup finals as the European qualifiers came to an end..

Late goals in either half from Wayne Rooney and skipper Steven Gerrard sent Roy Hodgson's team to Brazil.

Ukraine

The Fight Against Racism Rises in Japan Let’s not parse...

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The Fight Against Racism Rises in Japan

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.

US and Russian Politicians Using Soccer As a Weapon In New Cold War Over Ukraine

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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

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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.

The In Crowd

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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.

U.S. Women's National Team

The After Bar: USWNT 7 - Russia 0

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A beat down reminiscent of Rocky IV the United States women's national team beat Russia 7-0 in Boca Raton, Florida.

Carli Lloyd and Christen Press led the charge with two goals a piece. Heather O'Reilly, Abby Wambach, and Sydney Leroux also tallied in the slaughter.

Saturday's match was the first of two games against Russia.

USWNT 7, Russia 0: Field-Level Highlights

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Lloyd’s first-half brace sets tone as USWNT embarrass Russia

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By FRANCO PANIZO

BOCA RATON, Fla. After missing the U.S. Women's National Team's first game of the year, Carli Lloyd came back with a vengeance.

Lloyd set the tone for the U.S. with a first-half brace as they routed Russia, 7-0, in a friendly at FAU Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Rodriguez, O’Hara among USWNT call-ups for friendlies vs. Canada, Russia

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By DAN KARELL

Tom Sermanni's latest U.S. Women's National Team roster marks the return of two players who haven't played for the Stars and Stripes in more than a year.

The USWNT head coach selected a squad of 24 players to take on Canada next Friday and Russia in two friendlies in February, and the roster includes forward Amy Rodriguez and left back Kelley O'Hara.

USWNT to face Russia in Atlantla for second game in mini-series

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The U.S. Women's National Team is finally heading to Atlanta.

For the first time in the USWNT's 29-year history, the team will host a friendly against Russia in Atlanta on at 7:30 pm on Feb. 12 at the Georgia Bowl.

USWNT sets friendly against Russia in Florida

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The calendar for the U.S. Women's National Team is filling up fast as they plan to face Russia in next month.

The USWNT will host Russia at 3:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 8 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.

It's unclear what to expect from Russia as the USWNT has not faced the Russians in more than a decade.

English Premier League

The Transfer Lens: Live Deadline Day

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The Transfer Lens: Live Deadline Day - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Hello and welcome to 'The Transfer Lens: Live Deadline Day'

Today, Soccerlens.com will be blogging live from the centre of London, endeavouring to bring you the very latest news, gossip and information in the final chaotic hours of the January transfer window.

The Transfer Lens – M’Vila to Liverpool? Garay to Man Utd?

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The Transfer Lens M'Vila to Liverpool? Garay to Man Utd? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool take centre stage in today's 'Transfer Lens', with rumours concerning Manchester United and Arsenal also under scrutiny.

1. Yann M'Vila to Liverpool?

The former Rennesdestroyer only signed for Russian club Rubin Kazan last year for a fee of around £9.

Chelsea News: Mourinho Backs Striker Ahead of Norwich Match

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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.

Where will Willian fit in the Chelsea side?

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Where will Willian fit in the Chelsea side? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have recently gazumped London rivals Tottenham to sign Anzhi attacking-midfielder Willian.

The 25-year old was undergoing a medical with Spurs, but the Blues swooped in matching his asking price and subsequently pinching him off their hands.

Samuel Eto’o placed on the transfer list

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Samuel Eto'o placed on the transfer list - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A host of clubs across Europe are on red alert after hearing the news Anzhi striker Samuel Eto'o has been placed on the transfer list this summer. His asking price is said to be around £5M.

The 32-year old is the highest earner at the Russian Premier League side who have slashed their budget in half, and are subsequently forced to put up every player for sale.

Willian could be moving to the Premier League

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Willian could be moving to the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Anzhi attacking-midfielder Willian has been linked with Tottenham, Manchester City, and Chelsea of the Premier League this summer.

The 24-year old has been placed on the transfer list as the Russian Premier League side are looking to cut costs following a poor start to the new season.

The Rest

It's all a game to some.

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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

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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.

The Curious Case of David Bentley

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Andy Greeves

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.

Fast Facts about Sochi Winter Olympics

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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.

Qatar and Russia to be pressured by FIFA

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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

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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.