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FIFA Disband Anti-Racism Taskforce After Declaring Its Mission To Be ‘Completely Fulfilled’

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FIFA have disbanded their anti-racism taskforce after declaringthe mission a complete success.

The taskforce was established by Sepp Blatter in 2013 and in just three short years has totally ended the blight of racism in football.

In a message written to members serving on the force, FIFA proudly announced that the grouphas"completely fulfilled its temporary mission" and as such "is hereby dissolved and no longer in operation.

New captain Manuel Neuer out to raise Germany’s standards

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Berlin (AFP) New captain Manuel Neuer says Germany have room for improvement when the world champions start their journey to the 2018 World Cup on Sunday in their opening qualifier against Norway.

Germany's path to the finals in Russia starts at Oslo's Ullevaal Stadium and they also face Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan and minnows San Marino in Group C of their qualifying campaign.

New captain Manuel Neuer out to raise Germany’s standards

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Berlin (AFP) New captain Manuel Neuer says Germany have room for improvement when the world champions start their journey to the 2018 World Cup on Sunday in their opening qualifier against Norway.

Germany's path to the finals in Russia starts at Oslo's Ullevaal Stadium and they also face Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan and minnows San Marino in Group C of their qualifying campaign.

Blast of fresh air as Europe begins World Cup qualifying

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Paris (AFP) Exactly eight weeks after Eder blasted in the winner for Portugal in the Euro 2016 final against France, European nations start out on the road to the Russia 2018 World Cup on Sunday.

Of the 24 teams that took part in the Euros, 10 have since changed coach, including Russia.

As hosts, they will not be involved in qualifying, but the rest of Europe will vie for nine group winner direct qualification spots, while the eight best runners-up go into play-offs in November 2017 to contest the remaining four berths.

Blast of fresh air as Europe begins World Cup qualifying

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Paris (AFP) Exactly eight weeks after Eder blasted in the winner for Portugal in the Euro 2016 final against France, European nations start out on the road to the Russia 2018 World Cup on Sunday.

Of the 24 teams that took part in the Euros, 10 have since changed coach, including Russia.

As hosts, they will not be involved in qualifying, but the rest of Europe will vie for nine group winner direct qualification spots, while the eight best runners-up go into play-offs in November 2017 to contest the remaining four berths.

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Lopetegui’s new-look Spain begin long road to Russia

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Madrid (AFP) Faint hopes Spain's spectacular fall from grace at the 2014 World Cup was a mere blip were extinguished as another early exit at Euro 2016 finally ended Vicente del Bosque's eight-year reign as coach.

Julien Lopetegui is the man charged with restoring Spain's former glories, but he faces a demanding task in just getting La Roja to Russia in two years' time with Euros' conquerors Italy lying in wait in qualifying.

Lopetegui’s new-look Spain begin long road to Russia

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Madrid (AFP) Faint hopes Spain's spectacular fall from grace at the 2014 World Cup was a mere blip were extinguished as another early exit at Euro 2016 finally ended Vicente del Bosque's eight-year reign as coach.

Julien Lopetegui is the man charged with restoring Spain's former glories, but he faces a demanding task in just getting La Roja to Russia in two years' time with Euros' conquerors Italy lying in wait in qualifying.

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Loew eyes Germany’s rising stars on road to Russia

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Berlin (AFP) With Manuel Neuer confirmed as his new captain, Joachim Loew plans to blood Germany's next generation as part of his team's preparations to defend their World Cup title in Russia.

Germany's journey to the 2018 finals starts on Sunday at Oslo's Ullevaal Stadium in their opening qualifier against Norway.

France expels Russian football activist for second time

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Paris (AFP) France moved Tuesday to expel for a second time a Russian football activist accused of stirring street violence at Euro 2016, as police again fired water cannon and tear gas at fans.

Alexander Shprygin, who has been linked to far-right groups in Russia, will likely be flown to Moscow after he was moved to Paris from Toulouse where he was detained on Monday, according to police.

France expels Russian football activist for second time

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Paris (AFP) France moved Tuesday to expel for a second time a Russian football activist accused of stirring street violence at Euro 2016, as police again fired water cannon and tear gas at fans.

Alexander Shprygin, who has been linked to far-right groups in Russia, will likely be flown to Moscow after he was moved to Paris from Toulouse where he was detained on Monday, according to police.

Russia’s coach Slutsky to leave after Euro 2016 failure

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia coach Leonid Slutsky said he will quit to let someone else run the 2018 World Cup hosts' national team as he apologised for their failure at Euro 2016.

After a campaign tainted by football hooliganism, Russia dropped out of the European Championship finals following defeats by Slovakia and Wales.

Russia’s coach Slutsky to leave after Euro 2016 failure

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia coach Leonid Slutsky said he will quit to let someone else run the 2018 World Cup hosts' national team as he apologised for their failure at Euro 2016.

After a campaign tainted by football hooliganism, Russia dropped out of the European Championship finals following defeats by Slovakia and Wales.

Russia’s Slutsky says new coach needed after Euro elimination

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia coach Leonid Slutsky said after his side's elimination from Euro 2016 on Monday that a new coach would prepare the country's team to host the World Cup in 2018.

"After a tournament like this you need someone else in charge," Slutsky said following the 3-0 defeat to Wales which left his side bottom of Group B.

Russia’s Slutsky says new coach needed after Euro elimination

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia coach Leonid Slutsky said after his side's elimination from Euro 2016 on Monday that a new coach would prepare the country's team to host the World Cup in 2018.

"After a tournament like this you need someone else in charge," Slutsky said following the 3-0 defeat to Wales which left his side bottom of Group B.

Russian far-right agitator Shprygin arrested at Euro 2016 in France

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) French police on Monday arrested Russian far-right football fan leader Alexander Shprygin watching his country at Euro 2016 just two days after being expelled from France over fan violence, the interior ministry said.

"Alexander Shprygin was arrested in the stadium this evening and placed in custody," ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.

Russian far-right agitator Shprygin arrested at Euro 2016 in France

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) French police on Monday arrested Russian far-right football fan leader Alexander Shprygin watching his country at Euro 2016 just two days after being expelled from France over fan violence, the interior ministry said.

"Alexander Shprygin was arrested in the stadium this evening and placed in custody," ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.

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Euro 2016 violence and what it means for the 2018 World Cup in Russia

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Euro 2016 in France has seen a return of football hooliganism which had been largely absent from recent international competitions. Hooliganism and football is a phrase everyone is familiar with, but it has been largely absent from recent international competitions. However, Euro 2016 in France saw a return of this ill-affair.

Russia Players Punished By Clubs After Blowing €250k On Champagne After Euro 2016 Exit

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Russian international duoAleksandr Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev have both been punished by their respective clubs after footage emerged of the two players supposedly blowing their way through€250,000 of champagne shortly after Russia's inglorious Euro 2016 exit.

According to RT, Kokorin and Mamaev spent a fortune buying 500 bottles ofArmand de Brignac for everyone in the Twiga nightclub in Monte Carlo.

Il Galles strapazza la Russia ed è primo. Inghilterra in bianco, avanti da seconda

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Ramsey-Taylor-Bale, 3 a 0 pazzesco alla Russia (che torna mestamente a casa, e senza il Ct Slutski dimessosi a fine match, ndr) e il Galles vola agli ottavi di finale di Euro 2016 come prima forza del Gruppo B con 6 punti. Davanti addirittura ai più quotati (e odiati) "cugini" dell'Inghilterra che sprecano occasioni su [.

Russian far-right agitator, expelled by France, says back at Euro 2016

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russian far-right football fan leader Alexander Shprygin, expelled from France at the weekend over fan violence at Euro 2016, told AFP Monday he returned to the country and was at Russia's match against Wales.

"The French authorities told me I was not deported but just expelled, my Schengen visa has not been cancelled and all the stamps are there.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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With global soccer hitting a bit of a lull on Monday, one competition will be in action in the afternoon.

Euro 2016 continues to determine its Round of 16 field as Group B play concludes from France.

Both matches will be played simultaneously, as Englandmeets Slovakia and Wales takes on Russia.

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Euro 2016 Best and Worst Fans

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Euro 2016’s Best (and worst) Fans So Far

We’re only just into the quarter finals, and already some pundits are naming Euro 2016 as one of the worst tournaments in recent memory. Many of the teams tipped for glory before the championships haven’t turned up, and although big names like Germany and France are through to the quarters, the football they’ve played along the way has been surprisingly pedestrian.

Eric Dier, Marek Hamsik stand out among top five players of Euro 2016 Group B

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As the group stages of Euro 2016 conclude we're wrapping up proceedings with our pick of the top five players from each group on Just Football. After Group A yesterday, in which Granit Xhaka...

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Bale says Wales happy to take plaudits after trouncing Russia

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Gareth Bale insists Wales will not be celebrating to excess but said the tournament debutants will happily soak up the plaudits as they wait to find out their last 16 opponents at their "amazing" Euro 2016.

On only their second appearance at a major finals following their elimination to a Pele winner for Brazil in the quarter-finals of the 1958 World Cup, Wales have returned to the international football stage with a bang.

Bale says Wales happy to take plaudits after trouncing Russia

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Gareth Bale insists Wales will not be celebrating to excess but said the tournament debutants will happily soak up the plaudits as they wait to find out their last 16 opponents at their "amazing" Euro 2016.

On only their second appearance at a major finals following their elimination to a Pele winner for Brazil in the quarter-finals of the 1958 World Cup, Wales have returned to the international football stage with a bang.

Euro 2016: Arsenal star impressive, Manchester United's £94m target scores in three consecutive games

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Gareth Bale scored yet again (his third in this competition) as Wales beat Russia 3-0 to finish top of Group B on Monday night at Stadium de Toulouse. It was one of those nights that will go down into the Wales folklore, and one that Wales fans will talk about for ages. Appearing for the first time in a major tournament in 58 years, their incredible journey so far is nothing short of a fairytale stuff.

Coleman ‘immensely proud’ as Wales top group

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Wales manager Chris Coleman could not contain his joy as his team beat Russia 3-0 on Monday to qualify for the knockout phase of Euro 2016 as winners of Group B, ahead of England.

Man of the match Aaron Ramsey put Wales ahead in Toulouse before a rare goal by Neil Taylor doubled their lead and Gareth Bale's third goal in as many matches at the tournament secured a famous win.

Coleman ‘immensely proud’ as Wales top group

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Wales manager Chris Coleman could not contain his joy as his team beat Russia 3-0 on Monday to qualify for the knockout phase of Euro 2016 as winners of Group B, ahead of England.

Man of the match Aaron Ramsey put Wales ahead in Toulouse before a rare goal by Neil Taylor doubled their lead and Gareth Bale's third goal in as many matches at the tournament secured a famous win.

Bale inspires as brilliant Wales into Euro 2016 last 16

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Gareth Bale struck his third goal in as many Euro 2016 games as brilliant Wales cruised into the last 16 as winners of Group B with a clinical 3-0 dismantling of Russia on Monday.

First-half strikes by Aaron Ramsey and Neil Taylor sent Chris Coleman's men well on their way to a comprehensive win in Toulouse against an overwhelmed Russian side.

Bale inspires as brilliant Wales into Euro 2016 last 16

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Gareth Bale struck his third goal in as many Euro 2016 games as brilliant Wales cruised into the last 16 as winners of Group B with a clinical 3-0 dismantling of Russia on Monday.

First-half strikes by Aaron Ramsey and Neil Taylor sent Chris Coleman's men well on their way to a comprehensive win in Toulouse against an overwhelmed Russian side.

Wales advances after dominant win vs. Russia

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Coming off of a disappointing loss against England, Wales needed at least a tie to give them a chance at advancing to the Round of 16 in their Group B finale. Gareth Bale and co. made certain that the Dragonswouldn't miss out on the knockout round.

Wales booked their spot in the next round on Monday, defeating Russia, 3-0, behind a goal and an assist from the Real Madrid playmaker.

Vokes starts up front for Wales against Russia

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Wales coach Chris Coleman sprung a surprise as Sam Vokes was handed a starting place alongside Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale for the crunch Euro 2016 Group B match with Russia on Monday.

Hal Robson-Kanu, who scored the winner in Wales' opening game against Slovakia after coming off the bench, started just in front of Bale in the 2-1 defeat to England last week but he now drops to the bench.

Vokes starts up front for Wales against Russia

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Wales coach Chris Coleman sprung a surprise as Sam Vokes was handed a starting place alongside Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale for the crunch Euro 2016 Group B match with Russia on Monday.

Hal Robson-Kanu, who scored the winner in Wales' opening game against Slovakia after coming off the bench, started just in front of Bale in the 2-1 defeat to England last week but he now drops to the bench.

Russia won’t man-mark ‘superstar’ Bale in Euro 2016 clash

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia coach Leonid Slutsky says his side will not focus on Real Madrid "superstar" Gareth Bale and insists they are favourites against Wales as they look to save their Euro 2016 campaign with a win in Toulouse Monday.

Bale has struck twice for Wales, in a 2-1 win over Slovakia and a 2-1 defeat to England that has left Chris Coleman's men on the verge of a place in the last 16 on their European Championship debut.

Russia won’t man-mark ‘superstar’ Bale in Euro 2016 clash

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia coach Leonid Slutsky says his side will not focus on Real Madrid "superstar" Gareth Bale and insists they are favourites against Wales as they look to save their Euro 2016 campaign with a win in Toulouse Monday.

Bale has struck twice for Wales, in a 2-1 win over Slovakia and a 2-1 defeat to England that has left Chris Coleman's men on the verge of a place in the last 16 on their European Championship debut.

Where to find Wales vs. Russia on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Wales vs. Russia in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

The match between Wales and Russia could have plenty of ramifications on how Group B finishes. With a victory, Wales will advance to the Knockout Round, but even a lopsided win for Russia could give them an opportunity to advance as one of the best third place teams in the competition.

Where to find Wales vs. Russia on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Wales vs. Russia in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

The match between Wales and Russia could have plenty of ramifications on how Group B finishes. With a victory, Wales will advance to the Knockout Round, but even a lopsided win for Russia could give them an opportunity to advance as one of the best third place teams in the competition.

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Qatar appoint Fossati in bid to revive World Cup hopes

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Doha (AFP) Qatar confirmed on Saturday that Jorge Fossati is the new national team coach, tasked with trying to revive the country's fading hopes of makingitsfirst ever World Cup finals in Russia in 2018.

The appointment was confirmed in a message posted on Twitter by the Qatar Football Association, which read simply: "Mr Jorge Fossati is back officially to be the head coach of our national team.

FIFA Ask Russian Fans To Vote For 2018 World Cup Mascot From Three Equally Uninspiring Options

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FIFA have opened the onlineballotfor the 2018 World Cup mascot, with the good people of Russia now able to vote which anthropomorphic animal they want to represent their home tournament.

The field is hardly what you might call diverse, with fans able to vote for, A) a cutesy cartoon tiger, B) a cutesy cartoon cat, or,C) a cutesy cartoon wolf.

Nazi Death Match: Remembering Kiev’s Fallen Heroes

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74 Years ago, a team mainly consisting of players from Dynamo and a few from Lokomotiv Kyiv, played a game of football against the German Luftwaffe in Nazi occupied Ukraine. The match has since then cemented its place in the annals of history, albeit, amid much debate and dissension.

It is difficult to provide a definitive version of what exactly happened in the ‘Death Match’, given the nature of the circumstances and the contradicting stories inculcated as propaganda by both the Soviets and the Nazis.