Russia Rated The Best Host By FIFA

FIFA council members have stated that the different stadiums where the 2018 World Cup was held in Moscow this year, across 11 cities, have been the best in the history of the association and its matches. This was confirmed by Alexei Sorokin who is a member of FIFA Council as was told to TASS.

There was a meeting held in the last week of October in Kigali, Rwanda where the decision making and strategic body of FIFA discussed many aspects that are pivotal about the upcoming competitions of FIFA. Sorokin who is director general of Local Organizing Committee, Russia, was involved for the 2018 World Cup organization as well as UEFA Euro Cup which is to be held in 2020. Sorokin stated that a detailed report had been delivered by FIFA Chief Competitions and Events Officer, Colin Smith which is more fact-based while a general summary has also been framed to showcase the general emotions surrounding the events. On the whole, it was found that the World Cup this year was most successful and best one that could be had in history. All this was stated and supported with facts and the Council has acknowledged the same.
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Russian Football Team Boasts A Strong Line-Up Of Goalkeepers, Says the Coach

Russia’s Akenfeev, who is also a goalkeeper for CSKA Moscow FC, announced on October 1 his decision to withdraw from playing for the national team. The Russian national football team boasts a strong line-up of goalkeepers to replace Igor Akenfeev, who decided to pack up with his national career team earlier this month, chief executive Stanislav Cherchesov said Monday. Russia’s Akenfeev, who is also a goalkeeper for CSKA Moscow FC, announced on October 1 his decision to withdraw from playing for the national team. He started playing for the national team on April 28, 2004, in a friendly match against Norway, becoming the youngest player to debut at the national team at the age of 18 years and 20 days.

Akenfeev was called “the almighty leg” after a brilliant block of his net during a penalty shootout with the Spanish international match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup match in round 16 against Spain in July when hosts Russia continued to the quarterfinals.
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Former Arsenal and Russia national team star Andrei Arshavin is set to get a one year extension at Kazakhstan side FK Kairat Almaty, as per reports. The Russian who turned 37 years old in May was set to exit the club when his deal ran out in December 2018. However reports have it that he would get a final extension as he prepares for life outside the pitch.

The former Gunner admitted to being frightened by the thoughts of retiring from professional football. He said he enjoyed the game and it was his favourite thing in life. He promised to “stay within the game” when he finally leaves pro soccer but that would be in a while as talks of contract extension are in the offing.
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Dinamo Moscow Dedicates CSKA Win To Tetteh

Dinamo Moscow dedicated their win over CSKA Moscow to their teammate Aziz Tetteh, whose father recently passed away. The entire team came in with a strong performance to get a comprehensive 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow. Aleksandr Tahsaev was the star of the show after coming in with a brace. The team showed their unity by celebrating both goals with the jersey of the player who was left sympathising over the death of his dad.

The result may also help Dinamo Moscow make-up significant ground in the Russian Premier League table. The team has been down near the bottom few places of the Russian Premier league for the campaign. However, now the team has a great opportunity to make up several places after having picked up only four wins in the 19 matches so far.

It has been a poor campaign for CSKA Moscow so far, as the team has struggled to dominate the Russian Premier league. Hence, it was not a surprise the team headed to a first league defeat of the campaign in the 19 matches. In the previous campaign, CSKA Moscow were able to finish in the second spot – seven points behind Spartak Moscow. Dinamo Moscow, meanwhile, were able to get their promotion back into the top flight after winning the second year.

The club were relegated to the second tier for the first time after a very poor campaign which they finished 15th in the table.
“I appreciate the love, kindness, support, and generosity. Thank you! @tashaev88 Massive win,” said Tetteh in his response on Twitter. The whole football fraternity has come back to the support of Tetteh, who is related to Derek Boateng. Tetteh will be hoping to get back to the pitch as soon as possible and help Dinamo Moscow to a strong campaign in the 2017-18 season.


Germany have remained an obvious force to reckon with in the round leather game for years.

They are undoubtedly the most consistent side in the game through several generations. After breaking their jinx to lift the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, they remain a strong force to retain the title at the tournament in Russia next year.

The strength in depth, the succession planning, consistency, confidence and good management all favour them ahead of the competition for the World Cup 2018 title. Joachim Low has taken an experimental and youthful side to the ongoing Confederations Cup and it might pay off next year. Only three players from the 2014 squad provide experience at the Confed Cup but the benefits would be reaped for many years.

Manuel Neuer is strong in goal – arguably the best keeper in the world for the past three years. Barring any injury, he is expected to start in goal next year. Joshua Kimmich has had a bit of a snag under Bayern Munich Coach Carlo Ancelotti, who prefers experience to youth. However, Kimmich would likely get a spot in the first team next year. Mat Hummels and Jerome Boateng are decent and expected central defensive options. In left back, Jonas Hector or Marcel Schmelzer could easily boss opponents. Continue reading


The Russian Football Union (RFU) and the German Football Association (DFB) signed a memorandum on cooperation, according to reports.

The President of both associations Vitaly Mutko and Reinhard Grindel respectively were in unison as they signed the document at the office of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of Russia 2018 World Cup campaign.

They agreedon a number of issues, with a friendly game between both sides ticked off. They had agreed initially in 2012 but they have now included more points as they seek broader cooperation between both bodies.

However, Mutko asked that fans not expect the game anytime soon. He said: “Friendly matches should be discussed separately. [The German team] have a very tight schedule. There are no exact dates yet.

“The memorandum, however, stipulates not only a friendly match between the Russian and German teams, but a possible friendly game between the two national youth teams.”

Last year, Mutko and his team signed something similar with the Italian Football Federation as they seek to relate well with the biggest nations in Europe. Continue reading

Stanislav Cherchesov is optimistic about the upcoming 2017 Confederations Cup

The 2017 Confederations Cup is the only edition of that football competition that the Russian national football side has ever managed to qualify and the only reason why they were qualified is because Russia is serving as the hosts.

When it comes to qualifying for the Confederations Cup, it’s something that Russia has never really managed to do and the furthest round that the Russian national side has reached was the semi-finals of the UEFA European Championship which was back on 2008.

It’s clear that Russia has struggled trying to reach the advanced stages of the bigger international football competitions but nonetheless the head coach of the Russian national side StanislavCherchesov is feeling like his team is going through a very impressive progress and that his squad is being rebuilt. Continue reading


Controversy continues to surround the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 version in Qatar ever since they were simultaneously awarded the hosting right in 2011, amid accusations of bribes, vote buying, and backhanders.

Last week brought a fresh evidence of the depths Russia’s odious sports system plumbed into in her subversive, secretive modern war on fair play. A report submitted by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren exposed the extraordinary plots that saw more than 1,000 Russian athletes fed banned performance-enhancing drugs, with the subsequent doping tests tampered with or fabricated to foil the system.

While the narrative of Russian drug cheating has majorly revolved around the Paralympics and Olympics, both winter and summer, football among the 30 sports named. In the case of the “beautiful game of soccer,” the doping conspiracy involved a number of a Russian youth team, another unsavory example of how far the state has gone to facilitate cheating.

The Soviet Union, subsequently Russia, has long been using sports as a tool to promote its international image. Although It is not the only country to do so but being organized enough and rich enough to successfully host a global competition on the scale of a World Cup provides the kind of political chest-beating Vladimir Putin loves. Losing the chance to showcase the power, because your government supported a cheating blueprint on an unprecedented scale, is the sort of heavyweight embarrassment that can make a dent in the walls of the Kremlin.

Cheating aside, Russia has lost the privilege to be granted the benefit of the doubt and should not have been awarded the hosting right in the first place. Continue reading

Russia falls to lowest ranking

The Russia football team has fallen to their lowest spot in the FIFA ranking following their poor showing at the Euro 2016 in France.

Russis now 53rd in the table and is the lowest that Russia has attained since their record low of 1998.

This is the good reflection of the Russian side that participated in the Euros 2016 where they only managed to get 1 point from the 3 matches. Their performance was so poor in France that fans have called for the team to be disbanded and to rebuild one from scratch.

The Russian Federation said that they were disappointed with the performance and that they are currently looking for ways to improve the team. They said that they would need to have a clear strategy in place to ensure that young players are developed properly. Continue reading

New Russian Boss Given Objective of World Cup 2018 Semi-Final

Russia have set a target of reaching the semifinals of the World Cup 2018 for new manager Stanislav Cherchesov.

The 52-year-old was recently appointed by the Russian FA as the new coach of the national team. After having a lot of experience from approaching the likes of Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow on numerous occasions,Cherchesov is one of the best chances Russia have to do well in the home World Cup. The home World Cup is thought to be one of the primary reasons behind the lofty ambitions of the national team.

Ever since the Euro 2008 semi-final appearance, Russia have been unable to meet their targets. They have gone through managerial options like Fabio Capello, widely regarded as one of the greatest managers in the modern era, without success. They have only managed to reach the group stages of the Euro 2012 and 2016. It was the same case at the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. However, unable to do well in these competitions will not have a profound impact on the nation as a whole as the upcoming World Cup 2018 performance. Since it is at home, there will be a lot of scrutiny on the team and the Russian FA as a whole.
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