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What we know so far about Russia’s alleged corruption to win 2018 World Cup bid

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When people around soccerspeak about vote bribing surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, many will immediately jump to Qatar. The stories about bribery coming from the Qatar committee are numerous, public and accepted by many as the truth. But the Russia 2018 bid isn't presented by singing angels either.

What we know so far about Russia’s alleged corruption to win 2018 World Cup bid

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When people around soccerspeak about vote bribing surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, many will immediately jump to Qatar. The stories about bribery coming from the Qatar committee are numerous, public and accepted by many as the truth. But the Russia 2018 bid isn't presented by singing angels either.

What should happen to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups?

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The shockingly sudden resignation of Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA prompts a number of questions, many of which are a long way from being answered. Some will remain unanswered until the prosecutors and various police forces announce the results of various investigations, but practically there is now a major question that needs to be answered, as it may have precipitated the whole take-down:

What about the 2018 and 2022 World Cups?

What should happen to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups?

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The shockingly sudden resignation of Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA prompts a number of questions, many of which are a long way from being answered. Some will remain unanswered until the prosecutors and various police forces announce the results of various investigations, but practically there is now a major question that needs to be answered, as it may have precipitated the whole take-down:

What about the 2018 and 2022 World Cups?

Calendar notes time!

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CONCACAF has announced the dates for World Cup 2018 qualifying, and the USMNT will kick off their application for a berth this November with the hex set to begin almost exactly one year later.Yup. It is almost already that time again.- Greg Seltzer

FIFA’s Ethics And Principles Nothing Short of Disgraceful

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FIFA was back in the news this week, which almost always means a good hearty laugh followed by a sustained period of crying.

This week, we found out that the report conducted by American investigator Michael Garcia into the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was, in fact, a practical joke.

FIFA Report Clears Qatar To Host World Cup; Report Contains Erroneous Details, Says Investigator

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FIFA today announced that after an 18-month investigation by former New York district attorney Michael Garcia, there is not sufficient evidence to justify stripping either Russia or Qatar of the 2018 or 2022 World Cups.

German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert ruled that there was not enough evidence to justify re-opening the process.

Telemundo Announces Broadcast Plans Ahead of 2018 World Cup

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Spanish-language television station Telemundo has announced that they will be broadcasting the 2018 FIFA World Cup here in the United States. The NBCUniversal Television Group station will be taking over the U.S. Spanish-language World Cup broadcasting rights from Univision. Not only will Telemundo be airing the world's largest soccer tournament four years from now, but they will also begin broadcasting additional FIFA soccer events starting in 2015.

Analyzing How The World Cup Bidding Process Works

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For many people, whilst football has continued to grow around the world, one thing still seems to be shrouded in mystery. How do you bid to host the World Cup? As viewing figures continue to grow across the world, the games global reach now spans everywhere from South Korea to Ghana, from Qatar to Belgium and FIFA has responded by taking the competition to new territories.

Russia Unveils Official Emblem For World Cup 2018

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The Organizing Committee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup has unveiled the official emblemin Moscow.

"The launch of the Emblem is a wonderful event to kick things off and I'm certain that the World Cup will be a success here in four years," said FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Seemore — Official posters for World Cup 2018 Russia host cities.

Like Sochi, the West’s Smear Campaign Against Russia’s 2018 World Cup Won’t Work

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In the latest of brewing Cold War sentiments between the US and Russia, controversial Republican Senator John McCain recently reissued a demand to pull the plug on Russia's right to host the World Cup in 2018. Speaking to ESPN/ABC podcast Capital Games program, McCain asked whether it was "appropriate to have this venue in Russia," — although he's not the first Republican to struggle at his own language, by venue he must have clearly meant event or tournament — "and aren't there other countries that would be far less controversial?

The Four Year Frenzy Part 2 – 2016, 2017, and 2018

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What a time to be an American soccer fan. Despite a 2-1 loss to Belgium to be eliminated from the round of 16 at this summer's World Cup, soccer's increasing popularity in the United States continues on. Fans are firing on all cylinders, and blowing up social media with talk..

Russia Unveils Official Posters For World Cup 2018 Host Cities [PHOTOS]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says that his country will spend $20 billion on hosting the 2018 World Cup, which will see 11 host cities building stadiums and infrastructure spanning 1,500 miles across the country.

With the 2018 World Cup only four years away, let's take a look at the posters for the official World Cup host cities:

Kaliningrad Kazan Nizhny Novgorod Moscow Rostov On Don Sochi Saransk Volgograd Saint Petersburg Ekaterinburg Samara

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FIFA Corruption Scandal: A World Cup Boycott Will Cost England Millions And Achieve Nothing

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Should European footballing nations boycott theWorld Cup shouldSepp Blatterremain head of FIFA? Would Russia, hosts of the 2018 World Cup, agree to any boycott of the tournament it 'won' the right to host?

Russia's President Vladimir V. Putin called the arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich on Wednesday "another blatant attempt by the United States to extend its jurisdiction to other states.

Why the US as host of World Cup 2022 is not so far fetched; By Steve Davis

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Some sort of re-vote on the tainted tallies that awarded FIFA World Cups in 2018 and 2022 to Russia and (most stunningly, most notoriously, most annoyingly) Qatar still seems unlikely.

Even with the dizzying wave of corruption charges that swept over world soccer's power brokers on Wednesday, the World Cup in Russia would seem impossible to dislodge at this point.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia – Will It Go Ahead?

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FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia Will It Go Ahead? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Russia as a country, as a movement and as a powerful force has one of the most fascinating histories. A self-proclaimed world-empire in the seventeen hundreds, an increase of socialist regimes in the late nineteenth century, the infamous revolution of 1917, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union under Lenin and Stalin and the country's alliance with Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Germany.

More bad news for FIFA with Sony set to end World Cup sponsorship

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More bad news for FIFA with Sony set to end World Cup sponsorship - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

FIFA has been dealt another blow to its image with the news that Sony is set to end its partnership with world football's governing body.

Reuters reports that the company – a FIFA sponsor for the past eight years, with a $280 million contract – will not renew its World Cup sponsorship.

Fabio Capello – Where Did It All Go Wrong?

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Fabio Capello Where Did It All Go Wrong? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After leading Russia out of the 2014 World Cup without a single win, the Fabio Capello paradox seems to be stretching even wider. From a managerial genius of clubs to a managerial failure internationally, we uncover where Fabiohas gone so badly wrong.

Algeria 1-1 Russia: Match Highlights (VIDEO) – Algerians Advance

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Algeria advanced to the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time in the nation's history with a 1-1 Group H draw against Russia. Fabio Capello's Russian side was highly touted entering the tournament but ultimately underwhelmed.

By contrast, Algeria who failed to record a goal in all three group games in 2010 were a high-flying side in this World Cup.

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It's Going Down For Real

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With just 48hrs to go before the election of FIFA president in Switzerland, 6 arrests were made by the Swiss in conjunction with the FBI over racketeering, bribery and money laundering done on US soil by several CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and CAFU (Central America's soccer federation) as well as executives from a handful of sports marketing companies.

Mix and matches

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No, I am not suggesting that Mikkel Diskerud is a pyromaniac. Or even that he loves old school Def Leppard. It is just time to shed a little (but not all) light on the chase scene for his free agent services. There will be a full MLS report on this probably tomorrow, but for now I can now confirm he currently has interest from clubs in MLS, Greece, Russia, Ukraine and two western European

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Barcelona set to open its first youth camp in Sochi, Russia

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Barcelona will open its first youth campin Russia, specifically Sochi, on June 12th.

The FCB Escola will be the only official one on Russian soil during the summer and will be open to youngsters between 6 and 13 years of age, regardless of their footballing abilities.

It will be the biggest football academy in Russia and will feature a contingent of Spanish coaches with international experience, who will teach both theory and practical classes to boys and girls.

Barcelona set to open its first youth camp in Sochi, Russia

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Barcelona will open its first youth campin Russia, specifically Sochi, on June 12th.

The FCB Escola will be the only official one on Russian soil during the summer and will be open to youngsters between 6 and 13 years of age, regardless of their footballing abilities.

It will be the biggest football academy in Russia and will feature a contingent of Spanish coaches with international experience, who will teach both theory and practical classes to boys and girls.

Europe

Invincible Milan: The Forgotten Story of AC Milan’s Unbeaten Season under Fabio Capello

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by Mathew Burt

The football world is often quick to judge and can suffer from memory loss when it comes to judging players and managers. The descent from hero to villain is often a rapid one; past glories soon get buried under a bad run of results and the ensuing media pressure.

Sepp Blatter urged to publish full Michael Garcia report

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Sepp Blatter urged to publish full Michael Garcia report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sepp Blatter has been urged to publish the full Michael Garcia report

The British government has asked FIFA president Sepp Blatter to publicly reveal the details of Michael Garcia's report, that led to the controversy surrounding the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cup bidding process.

3 to See: Manchester City v Manchester United, Der Klassiker and a Russian title clash

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Four of Europe's best sides face-off this weekend, with the Premier League featuring Manchester City v Manchester United and a huge game forBorussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker.

3 Football Blogs we’re enjoying this week: Manchester City’s Bitter, post-Soviet football & Scotland

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Continuing our football blogs we're enjoying this week feature it's time to bring you three more to tuck into. After last week's long-awaited revival of the series this week we bring you another three sites which we don't think you should miss.

Russia Racism Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon And There Are Historical Reasons For That

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During the negotiations atPotsdambetween Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill that would settle the fate of post-war Europe, the three men made a fascinating and now mostly forgotten decision.

Hulk and Andre Villas-Boas: A Match Made in Heaven

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It's not always easy to pick out exactly how much of a player's performance is down to his manager as opposed to his own natural talent. Credit for sparkling form is therefore often dished out on the basis of how fashionable the manager or player is at the time.

Algeria

The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast – Conspiracy! Conspiracy!

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So FIFA spoke, and when they did, it was with a mighty, vengeful wrath. Luis Suarez's World Cup is over, and Uruguay is apoplectic over the decision, with both journalists and the public crying foul play over the decision to ban Suarez from all football related activities for four months and from his country's next nine international fixtures.

Germania e Usa a braccetto, fuori Ronaldo. Algeria agli ottavi, la Russia torna a casa

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Gli Usa del tedesco Klinsmann cedono di misura alla Germania (non c'è stato il tanto annunciato "biscotto", con il pari passavano entrambe senza , ancora vittoriosa con lo scatenato Muller, capocannoniere del Mondiale con 4 reti in coabitazione con Messi e Neymar, ma festeggiano ugualmente l'accesso agli ottavi di finale.

The Rest

Russian Cesar?

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According to RPL club Amkar Perm (who once felt the Europa League wrath of Clint Dempsey), they will be auditioning FC Pyunik free-agent-to-be Cesar Romero at their Turkish preseason gathering next month. He has had interest from Serbian champs Partizan Belgrade and reportedly from Mexico, but I am still trying to get the full word.

Video Igor Akinfeev hit by flare- Montenegro vs Russia 2015 abandoned

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Video Igor Akinfeev hit by flare- Montenegro vs Russia 2015 abandoned is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter This shocking Igor Akinfeev hit by a flare (VIDEO BELOW) incident took place during Montenegro's European qualifier against Russia in Podgorica on 27th March, 2015.

Generation Next: Sardar Azmoun – Meet the Team Melli star with the Bergkamp style touch

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FIFA in full support of World CUP 2018 in Russia

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Amidst huge protests against organizing 2018 World Cup in Russia that has led many to doubt about the venue, FIFA has declared full support for organizing 2018 World Cup in Putin's territory.

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter has clearly opposed all boycotts of World Cup 2018 in Russia & has whole heartedly backed all preps undertaken by Russian President Vladimir Putin's administration for the esteemed mega event.

Qualificazioni Euro 2016: big match Svezia-Russia. Spagna all’esame di slovacco

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Ferma la Serie A, tocca alle Nazionali sfidarsi nelle gare di Qualificazione ad Euro 2016. Il Programma della 2^ giornata inizia questa sera, alle 20 e 45, con il big match tra Svezia e Russia. Ibrahimovic è in dubbio, solo all'ultimo sapremo se il campione svedese del Psg sar protagonista contro la nazionale di Fabio [.

Poor Old Cheadle Town FC Suffer Pretty Rough Day At The Office, Lose 0-22 To Russia U19s

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By Chris Wright

Bad day at the office? Spare a thought for Cheadle Town FC...

FT: Cheadle Town 0-22 Russia U19

— Cheadle Town FC (@CheadleTownFC) October 5, 2014

Yeesh.

A cursory glance at Cheadle Town's Twitter timeline shows Russia scored their first goal just four minutes in, before further adding to their tally in the 13th, 18th, 25th, 30th, 33rd, 38th, 42nd, 44th, 46th, 47th, 50th, 54th, 57th, 62nd, 67th, 68th, 69th, 73rd, 76th, 80th and 83rd minute before easing up for the final stretch.

This is what is known as too perfect.

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In the time-honored tradition of annoying visitors ahead of a big match, there was a fire alarm pulled in Bayern Munich's Moscow team hotel on Sunday night (they play CSKA in the Champions League today). One photographer snapped the above pic of Arjen Robben standing outside in a blanket, and naturally a Photoshop genius somewhere went quickly to work.

The Four Year Frenzy Part 1 – Rest of 2014 & 2015

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What a time to be an American soccer fan. Despite a 2-1 loss to Belgium to be eliminated from the round of 16 at this summer's World Cup, soccer's increasing popularity in the United States continues on. Fans are firing on all cylinders, and blowing up social media with talk of soccer and the US Men's National team.

Recaps: Portugal Beats Ghana, Belgium Fights Past South Korean and Russia Ties Algeria

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Portugal 2 - Ghana 1 NSC Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo A late Ronaldo goal sunk the Black Stars, who needed to win at least 2-1 to progress onward from the Group of Death. The United States somewhat comfortably moved on despite a 1-0 loss to Germany, in part because of this game's result. Belgium 1 - South Korea 0 NSC Man of the Match: Not Steven Defour A red card to Defour brought