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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.

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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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 [.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Football fans should ‘fight elsewhere’, says Russia striker

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia striker Fedor Smolov has called for a stop to fan violence inside the stadiums of Euro 2016, saying fans should "fight elsewhere".

Wales face Russia on Monday in a high risk Group B clash the Russians must win to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16 of the tournament.

Russian fans jailed for Euro 2016 violence

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Marseille (AFP) A French court on Thursday jailed three Russian football supporters over Euro 2016 fan unrest while a far-right Russian agitator was thrown out of the country.

The jailed supporters Alexei Yerunov, Nikolai Morozov and Sergei Gorbachev were among 43 Russians detained by French police on Tuesday after street battles in Marseille before Russia played England.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Russian fans ‘provoked’ by English – Russia striker

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia striker Fedor Smolov has claimed Russian fans who attacked England supporters in Marseille last week were simply acting after being "provoked" by their English counterparts.

Three Russian fans were handed jail terms by the French authorities last week for their role in attacking England supporters.

Russian fans ‘provoked’ by English – Russia striker

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia striker Fedor Smolov has claimed Russian fans who attacked England supporters in Marseille last week were simply acting after being "provoked" by their English counterparts.

Three Russian fans were handed jail terms by the French authorities last week for their role in attacking England supporters.

Football fans should ‘fight elsewhere’, says Russia striker

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia striker Fedor Smolov has called for a stop to fan violence inside the stadiums of Euro 2016, saying fans should "fight elsewhere".

Wales face Russia on Monday in a high risk Group B clash the Russians must win to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16 of the tournament.

Football fans should “fight elsewhere”, says Russia striker

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia striker Fedor Smolov has called for a stop to fan violence inside the stadiums of Euro 2016, saying fans should "fight elsewhere".

Wales face Russia on Monday in a high risk Group B clash the Russians must win to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16 of the tournament.

FIFA should threaten Russia over World Cup hosting: Collins

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London (AFP) FIFA should warn Russia they could be stripped as hosts of the 2018 World Cup if they don't take measures to root out their hooligan element, British lawmaker Damian Collins told AFP on Friday.

Collins said it would be unacceptable for Russia to host a World Cup if the government cannot give assurances over the safety of foreign football supporters.

FIFA should threaten Russia over World Cup hosting: Collins

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London (AFP) FIFA should warn Russia they could be stripped as hosts of the 2018 World Cup if they don't take measures to root out their hooligan element, British lawmaker Damian Collins told AFP on Friday.

Collins said it would be unacceptable for Russia to host a World Cup if the government cannot give assurances over the safety of foreign football supporters.

Russians jailed for Euro 2016 violence, far-right figure expelled

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Marseille (AFP) A French court on Thursday jailed three Russian football supporters over Euro 2016 fan unrest while a far-right Russian agitator was thrown out of the country.

The jailed supporters Alexei Yerunov, Nikolai Morozov and Sergei Gorbachev were among 43 Russians detained by French police on Tuesday after street battles in Marseille before Russia played England.

Russians jailed for Euro 2016 violence, far-right figure expelled

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Marseille (AFP) A French court on Thursday jailed three Russian football supporters over Euro 2016 fan unrest while a far-right Russian agitator was thrown out of the country.

The jailed supporters Alexei Yerunov, Nikolai Morozov and Sergei Gorbachev were among 43 Russians detained by French police on Tuesday after street battles in Marseille before Russia played England.

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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.