Russia’s Dzagoev Eyes World Cup 2018 knockout Stage Return

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Russia midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who injured his hamstring in the 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the World Cup’s opening match, is hoping to be fit if his team reach the knockout stage. Dzagoev, who left the pitch in the 23rd minute against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, said the news…

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How Far Can The Super Eagles Go At The World Cup?

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Today, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will play their first match against Croatia in the Russia 2018 World cup, and most Nigerians are rooting for the national team to win the match. No doubt the World Cup fever has caught virtually every Nigeria. Soccer Parole took to the street, an…

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VAR Will Be Used At Russia 2018 World Cup, Says FIFA

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Video assistant referees (VARs) will be used at the World Cup for the first time in this year’s finals in Russia, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Friday, and teams will be allowed a fourth substitute in matches that go to extra-time. The use of the VAR system was approved…

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Top Ten FIFA World Cup Songs

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As the Six-month countdown to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia begins, we highlight the Top Ten songs of World Cup history The countdown has begun: the 2018 FIFA World Cup begins on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Football and music goes together like never before. Meanwhile, listen to these…

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Soccer Parole Analysis Of The Russia 2018 World Cup groups

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Analysis of the eight World Cup 2018 groups: Group A Russia, a lowly 65th in FIFA’s rankings, will be reasonably confident of making progress to the last 16 after being drawn against Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. The hosts will face the Saudis, ranked 63rd, in the tournament’s opening match…

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FIFA Changes World Cup 2018 Draw Criteria To Seed By Ranking 

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FIFA have announced a new format for the 2018 World Cup draw with teams to be grouped by their places in the world rankings rather than by Continent. The 32 finalists will be divided into four pots with the seven top-ranked teams plus hosts Russia in pot one, the next…

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FIFA Passes Resolution Offering Full Support For Holding 2018 World Cup In Russia

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FIFA has passed a resolution offering full support for holding the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Saturday at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I would like to inform you that the executive committee has recently adopted a new resolution in which FIFA…

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2018 World Cup: Nigeria Seeded, Drawn With Djibouti Or Swaziland

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The 2018 World Cup qualifying draw is taking place in St Petersburg, Russia, and three-time Africa champions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have been drawn with the winner of the game between Djibouti and Swaziland. Nigeria is one of the African teams that have been seeded so they are safely…

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Russia Puts World Cup 2018 Transportation Plan Into Gear

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Russia is forging ahead with its transport infrastructure build whether there is a crisis within FIFA or not, said Nikolay Asaul, deputy minister of transport of the Russian Federation, speaking at the World Football Forum in Moscow. “Football has no impact on our technical preparations. We are fully in line…

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FBI Extends FIFA Scrutiny To World Cup Host Bids Of Russia, Qatar

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The FBI’s investigation of bribery and corruption at FIFA includes scrutiny of how football’s governing body awarded World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar, a U.S. law enforcement official said. Russia and Qatar have denied wrongdoing in the conduct of their bids for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, which…

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Russia 2018: Volga Arena And Oktiabrskiy Island Will Be Ready In 2017

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Russian stadium construction for 2018 is ahead of schedule and the stadia will be delivered in advance of deadlines, according to officials in Nizhniy Novgorod and Kaliningrad. The two cities are both building new stadiums for the World Cup. The Volga Arena in Nizhniy Novgorod will be completed two months…

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Russia’s World Cup Critics Should “Stay At Home”, Says Blatter

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World politicians unhappy that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup should “stay at home”, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on a visit to host venue Sochi on Monday. “If a few politicians are not particularly happy that we are hosting the World Cup in Russia, then I always tell…

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Capacity Of Russia 2018 World Cup Final Venue To Be Cut By 8,000

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The Russian government has decided to cut the capacity of the Luzhniki stadium, which will hold the final of the 2018 World Cup, by 8,000 to 81,000. A statement on the government’s website said: “It has been agreed to change the capacity of the Big Sports Arena of the Luzhniki…

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Budget Decrease For Russia 2018 World Cup

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The organizers of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia have responded to economic pressures by reducing operating budgets in some of the host cities for the tournament. The stadiums will be saved, but the reductions will take place elsewhere. Russia, battling against the economic crisis, wants to trim the…

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Russia Cuts Budgets But Not Stadium Build, Luzhniki Ahead Of Schedule

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Russia’s cabinet passed a 10% cut in the federal budget but was quick to emphasise that the cuts would not effect the build programme of the 2018 World Cup Stadia. As if to emphasise the point, the new roof structure for Moscow’s showpiece Luzhniki stadium, where the opening match and…

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