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Russia

Facing hurdles, Russia gears up for World Cup draw

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Moscow (AFP) – The World Cup draw in the Kremlin on Friday launches Russia’s bid to turn a page on its history of football hooliganism and racism while warding off a terror threat linked to Moscow’s intervention in Syria.

The success of the tournament is also a matter of personal pride for Vladimir Putin after the Russian strongman helped wrest the June 14-July 15 competition from England in an ugly 2010 battle before relations with the West dramatically collapsed over Ukraine.

Facing hurdles, Russia gears up for World Cup draw

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Moscow (AFP) – The World Cup draw in the Kremlin on Friday launches Russia’s bid to turn a page on its history of football hooliganism and racism while warding off a terror threat linked to Moscow’s intervention in Syria.

The success of the tournament is also a matter of personal pride for Vladimir Putin after the Russian strongman helped wrest the June 14-July 15 competition from England in an ugly 2010 battle before relations with the West dramatically collapsed over Ukraine.

Russia readies for FIFA World Cup with a year to go

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Moscow (AFP) – Despite fears over security and construction delays at several stadiums, Russia looks largely on course one year from the kick-off of the World Cup in June 2018.

There was already a whiff of scandal around the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe after Swiss authorities opened a probe into possible corruption during the bidding for the event.

Russia readies for FIFA World Cup with a year to go

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Moscow (AFP) – Despite fears over security and construction delays at several stadiums, Russia looks largely on course one year from the kick-off of the World Cup in June 2018.

There was already a whiff of scandal around the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe after Swiss authorities opened a probe into possible corruption during the bidding for the event.

Don’t boycott Russia World Cup, British MPs told

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London (AFP) – British lawmakers should not boycott the 2018 World Cup in protest at Russian leader Vladimir Putin, a parliamentary committee said on Thursday.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said last year “all options” were being considered as means of putting pressure on Russia over its role in the ongoing conflict in Syria.

FIFA World Cup 2018 News: (OVER) Russia to Host FIFA World Cup 2018 – La Prensa Latina

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24 de enero de 2011, 00:05 Moscow, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) Russian PM Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Joseph Blatter signed an official statement in which his country is committed to host FIFA World Cup 2018 in a ceremony in San Petersburg. After signing ...

Daily Dose: December 2nd, 2010.

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Vladimir Putin celebrates victory by making everyone really sad.

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Neither England nor Sepp Blatter come off looking good

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The "simple football player" made a passionate and successful case for his country

The BBC is getting a lot of anger for exposing FIFA vote buying in their Panorama section which a lot of misguided souls are blaming for England's failed 2018 bid. Whether the investigation was monumentally badly timed or driven by a political agenda, the perception is it spooked the 22 FIFA members into giving the World Cup to Russia where such a free press is anathema.

Not England's finest hour

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Only two votes cast in favour as England crash out in the first round. Russia topped the first round voting with 9 votes and then runs away with 13 votes in the second.

This comes on the heels of Wikileaks fingering Vladimir Putin as having prior knowledge of Alexander Litvinenko's assassination.

Sepp Blatter

Russia 2018: Exiled Ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter Will Attend World Cup As ‘Old Friend’ Of Vladimir Putin

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"Sorry Sepp, but you've not made it through to the judges' houses..."

Thanks to an assist from the Kremlin, Cinderella that is to say Sepp Blatter will go to the ball in Russia next year after all.

Despite serving a six-year ban from all football-related activities after being found guilty of corruption during his time in office, the deposed ex-FIFA president will still be attending the 2018 World Cup after receiving a personal invite from Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Union and league news, Linc Copa Centenario dates today, USlose as Wambach retires, more

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StubHub announced as Union's "official secondary ticket provider." Copa Centenario dates at the Linc to be announced today. US loses first home game since 2004 in Wambach's final farewell. More.

Vladimir Putin States For The Record (Once Again) That Sepp Blatter Should Win Nobel Peace Prize

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Sepp +Vlad 4 eva

As Sepp Blatter continues to stand trial in the very ethics court he created, one of his long-time allies has once again reared his head to blow smoke up the deposed FIFA president's bung-hole.

Speaking in defence of his friend during a press conference in Moscow today, Vladimir Putin stated for the record that he believes Blatter should receive a Nobel Peace Prize, presumably for his tireless work in the 'flagrant self-interest' sector.

Quotes from BSFC USL unveiling, Carroll on his future, playoffs begin tonight, Wambach retires, more

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Quotes from BSFC unveiling. Carroll talks about his future. Postseason MLS play begins tonight. Wambach announces retirement. Blatter blathers on. More.

No more Valdes, Sak says Union-Eagles will bid to host WC qualifier, more news

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So endeth the Valdes saga. Sakiewicz says Union and Eagles will bid to host a US World Cup qualifier. Drogba signs with Montreal. More news.

FIFA: Sepp Blatter Deserves To Win A Nobel Prize, So Says Vladimir Putin

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Sepp Blatter has received a Nobel Prize endorsementfrom the one person left on the planet who still views the FIFA presidentas a morally upstanding, above board, straight-laced kind of fellow that personbeingRussian overlord Vladimir Putin.

John Oliver describes Blatter and Putin as a ‘vortex of concentrated evil’ [VIDEO]

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FIFA and Sepp Blatter was the topic yet again for a segment on the hit HBO show 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.'

During Sunday night's show, John Oliver tackled the topics of Sepp Blatter and Vladimir Putin standing on the stage together at the FIFA World Cup preliminary draw, and Jeffrey Webb paying for his $10 million bond with a Ferrari, 10 properties and 5 Rolex watches.

John Oliver describes Blatter and Putin as a ‘vortex of concentrated evil’ [VIDEO]

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FIFA and Sepp Blatter were the topics yet again for a segment on the hit HBO show 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.'

During Sunday night's show, John Oliver tackled the topics of Sepp Blatter and Vladimir Putin standing on the stage together at the FIFA World Cup preliminary draw, and Jeffrey Webb paying for his $10 million bond with a Ferrari, 10 properties and 5 Rolex watches.

Mbolhi & Blake call-ups, no Disney Classic in 2015, Academy news, playoffs kickoff, more

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National team call-ups for Mbolhi and Blake. How does Hall trade affect MacMath? No preseason Disney Classic in 2015? Union Academy news. Playoffs begin. More.

Recaps & reaction to draw with Rapids, league results wrap, Germany world champs, more

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Reaction to Union draw. HCI win on road. Ocean City and Reading draw. MLS and NWSL results. Germany wins fourth World Cup. More news.

FuQatar: why USA is bringing more hate to FIFA than Cleveland brought to LeBron

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As I am sure everyone knows by now, both World Cup bids announced this morning came as a surprise to everyone that did not put money in pockets or have those pockets attached to their pants.

Russia, Qatar to host World Cup

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Russia and Qatar are delighted to have won today's World Cup hosts announcement in Zurich as Sepp Blatter revealed that Russia will be the hosts for the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will bring the World Cup to the Middle East in 2022. Russia beat out the likes of England, Spain/Portugal, and Belgium/Holland while Qatar beat out a very strong United States bid as well as exciting bids from Australia, South Korea, and Japan.

Philadelphia Union

Union bits, Seattle advances to MLS Cup final, more

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Newsy news bits and such like.

Nogueira on joining MLS and preferred position, Grandpa, US underwhelms, more

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Vincent Nogueira on why he joined MLS and where he likes to play. Fred has a new nickname. Academy news. USMNT looks terrible in loss to Ukraine. More news.

AFP

Setbacks endure as Russia preps for World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) Corruption scandals, extended deadlines and even a wobbly pitch are just a few of the setbacks Russia has faced ahead of the 2018 World Cup, though authorities vow everything will be ready on time.

Putting the final touches on the infrastructure in four host cities Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi has become all the more pressing because they will also host the Confederations Cup next year, a dress rehearsal for the 2018 tournament.

Setbacks endure as Russia preps for World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) Corruption scandals, extended deadlines and even a wobbly pitch are just a few of the setbacks Russia has faced ahead of the 2018 World Cup, though authorities vow everything will be ready on time.

Putting the final touches on the infrastructure in four host cities Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi has become all the more pressing because they will also host the Confederations Cup next year, a dress rehearsal for the 2018 tournament.

Neustadter gets Russian passport ahead of Euro

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Moscow (AFP) Twice-capped Germany international Roman Neustadter has received a Russian passport allowing the defender to play for the country at the Euro, a post on the national team's Twitter site announced on Monday.

The Twitter site posted a picture of the 28-year-old Schalke player holding up his new Russian passport at Russia's Consulate in Bonn.

Neustadter gets Russian passport ahead of Euro

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Moscow (AFP) Twice-capped Germany international Roman Neustadter has received a Russian passport allowing the defender to play for the country at the Euro, a post on the national team's Twitter site announced on Monday.

The Twitter site posted a picture of the 28-year-old Schalke player holding up his new Russian passport at Russia's Consulate in Bonn.

English Premier League

Is Putin Looking To Make An Investment In AC Milan?

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Speculation is increasing in Italy that Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to invest in AC Milan via the partially state-owned utility company Gazprom.

Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian Prime Minister, told the club's own TV station he was willing to speak to potential investors, marking a distinct change in outlook from his previous stance.

The Tuesday 10: Looking for Work Edition

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By "The Other 87 Minutes" / Senior Unemployed English Major CorrespondentsAs you know by now, everyone's favorite Russian billionaire decided to celebrate the reelection of his good buddy Vladimir Putin by setting off some fireworks of his own inside Stamford Bridge, axing Chelsea's young Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas after less than a season on the job.

Champions League

Kroenke or Usmanov: Should Koenke sell out?

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Following the Misery in Milan and the Shocker in Sunderland there have been calls either for the managers head, the boards collective head or for the team to be ruthlessly pruned and expensively strengthened. It has to be said that these last two events are perhaps only the latest in a succession of poor results that have seen the club knocked out of the Carling Cup, the FA Cup and almost certainly the Champions League, although we have got into fourth position in the Premiership, a position we hold over Chelsea who are on the same number of games, points and goal difference.

Kroenke or Usmanov: Should Koenke sell out?

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Following the Misery in Milan and the Shocker in Sunderland there have been calls either for the managers head, the boards collective head or for the team to be ruthlessly pruned and expensively strengthened. It has to be said that these last two events are perhaps only the latest in a succession of poor results that have seen the club knocked out of the Carling Cup, the FA Cup and almost certainly the Champions League, although we have got into fourth position in the Premiership, a position we hold over Chelsea who are on the same number of games, points and goal difference.

On tap: Champions League Final

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For allll the marbles. Funny (is that the word I'm looking for here?) that on the eve of the biggest club game on the planet, Uncle Sepp is embroiled in a FIFA investigation taking a peek into ignoring allegations of bribery over the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Without knowing much beyond the small morsels we have, I will say this: Vladimir Putin threw his support behind Blatter today.

World Cup

Caption Competition (WIN A Beanie Hat!) – Roman Abramovich Is Having A Laugh

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By Ollie Irish

Surely this pic of Roman Abramovich and the Russian World Cup mob bid team (enjoying a Vladimir Putin speech in the wake of winning the 2018 World Cup bid) deserves a bitingly satirical caption? Away you go...

Writers of the best three captions will each win a new Underarmour Arctic microfleece beanie hat, like this (in black):

Perfect for keeping your head warm.

Qatar (121), Russia (140)

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Those are the Press Freedom Index rankings for the two newest World Cup host nations (thanks to Fredorrarci for pointing me to the Guardian World Cup bid live blog, 4:52 PM). The live blog ends with a link to the BBC's David Bond's tweet indicating Sepp Blatter had before the vote "reminded FIFA executive comm members about 'certain media' and 'recent media coverage'", referring to BBC's Panorama programme on the alleged corruption of several FIFA committee members.

Qatar (121), Russia (140)

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Those are the Press Freedom Index rankings for the two newest World Cup host nations (thanks to Fredorrarci for pointing me to the Guardian World Cup bid live blog, 4:52 PM). The live blog ends with a link to the BBC's David Bond's tweet indicating Sepp Blatter had before the vote "reminded FIFA executive comm members about 'certain media' and 'recent media coverage'", referring to BBC's Panorama programme on the alleged corruption of several FIFA committee members.

The Rest

Lokomotiv Moscow Midfielder Courts Controversy By Revealing ‘Putin Is Polite’ T-Shirt After Fenerbahce Defeat

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Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitri Tarasov did nothing for international relations between Russia and Turkey by unveiling a very dubious t-shirt to the Istanbulcrowd after last night's Europa League game againstFenerbahce.

Tensions between the two countries have becomeincreasingly fraught since Turkey shot down a Russian jet back in November.

Stewart assumes all duties, waiver draft today, Rosenberry homegrown claim denied, more

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Earnie Stewart, to be introduced on Thursday, "has now assumed all duties"." Union's homegrown claim on Keegan Rosenberry denied. USL Players Union forming. More.

Sochi 2014: Ceremonia inaugural.

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Los XXII Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno, Sochi 2014 (Rusia), fueron abiertos con una imponente ceremonia inaugural en el nuevo estadio Fisht (uno de los estadios del Mundial 2018), ante 40.000 espectadores.
La fiesta comenzó a las 20.14 hs. (como el año) con el grito de una animadora: "¡Bienvenidos al centro del universo!

‘Only Andrei Arshavin himself knows the second condition’ for Zenit to take him back

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Zenit St Petersburg showed their intent to become a European power by dumping between €80-100 million on Hulk and Axel Witsel, but one player noticeably absent from their acquisition list as the Russian transfer window draws to a close is Andrei Arshavin. Arsenal loaned the out of favor 31-year-old back to Zenit, the club they got him from in 2009, for the second half of last season and a permanent deal seemed inevitable.

Uncovering the thought process of FIFA member Chuck Blazer

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As the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup looks to kick off in the United Arab Emirates, some of the highest members of the FIFA Executive Committee were on hand to defend the World Cup bid voting process. Or rather, FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke talked while FIFA Executive Committee member and CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer sat and nodded fervently.