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.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says Uefa chief Michel Platini does not deserve such a long suspension from football-related activities as he is being given.
On Monday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the suspension of the UEFA president. The Russian minister released a statement after the judgement which CAS reduced from the initial six years to four and the penalty from 80,000 to 60,000 Swiss francs.
Mutko said on Monday:
“This is a complex situation and it is difficult to comment on the judicial body’s decision,” he started with.
“Platini is an outstanding person and a serious organiser. He has done much for UEFA.
“The causes of his suspension do not deserve such a decision on him. I can only regret about that,” Mutko said.
Platini and former FIFA president Sepp Blatter were both suspended for the period of 90 days from their posts as part of the investigation into corruption allegations against them in October last year. Among a number of corruption allegations, Blatter is suspected of a disloyal payment of 2 million Swiss francs to Platini in February 2011. Continue reading
Russia recently parted company with manager Fabio Capello after a string of poor results left the team struggling to even make it into the Euro 2016 finals.
The national team has not been performing up to the standards expected from the former Real Madrid manager. On his part, Capello complained that he had not been paid for the last seven months. This was always going to end up sooner rather than later. However, fans would not have been expecting the situation to escalate with just 12 months left for the Euro 2016. Russia reaching the finals, though, is an entirely different prospect.
The recent 1-0 defeat against Austria has left the team third in the table, which means that Russia will have to go through a play-off in order to potentially reach the finals. Montenegro remain in with a shout to overtake Russia for this third spot. Any the hope of qualifying for Euro 2016 automatically will evaporate soon is the national team did not start picking up victories. The team had managed only two wins from the six group games so far. As a replacement for Capello, Russia have gone for the home-grown coaching skills of CSKA Moscow manager Leonid Slutsky, who is coming on board on an unpaid position. Continue reading
Fabio Capello took charge of the Russian national football team on July of 2012 and expectations for the Russian team was high as Capello is one of the most awarded and experienced managers in the world. He has won major titles and coached huge clubs including: Ac.Milan, Real Madrid and As.Roma.
Champions League, Serie A and La Liga are just some of the titles that Fabio Capello has won as a manager.
Unfortunately for the Russian national side, Fabio Capello’s arrival as the head coach hasn’t been as impressive as it was expected. The Russian team is currently positioned in the 3rd spot of Group G which isn’t bad and Capello also managed to push Russia into the top position of the qualification stages during the 2014 World Cup.
Capello has certainly managed to accomplish a number of positive things as the coach of Russia but the problem that has been emerging is in relation to the salary of Capello as he isn’t getting paid and hasn’t received any compensation from his job in over 5 months. Continue reading
Russia’s national team coach Fabio Capello says that Real Madrid should fully investigate the reasons behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s dip in form. After being one of the renowned goal scorers in the world, the Portuguese superstar has now gone to matches without a goal.
This is unlikely to be a major concern for any other player. However, Ronaldo has scored an astonishing 30 goals in just 20 games this season. His performances have been a major factor in Madrid setting a new record in Europe by winning 22 matches in succession. Capello says that there must be other reasons to Ronaldo’s dip in form.
Capello managed Real Madrid for a short period of time and led them to the league title. The Italian is now in charge of Russia, where his future is also less certain after not having been paid for several months. The Russian FA is understood to be not in a position to pay the £ 6 million per year contract of the Italian. Until now, rich benefactors have made it possible for Russia to hire coaches like Guus Hiddink. At this situation, this has not been possible, but Capello is not worried about the situation with Russia. The former England boss has called for the Real Madrid medical staff to investigate Ronaldo. Continue reading