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FIFA Names Russia Midfielder Cheryshev Breakout Player of 2018 World Cup

FIFA Names Russia Midfielder Cheryshev Breakout Player of 2018 World Cup

MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) - FIFA named Russia midfielder Denis Cheryshev as one of the five "reputations on the rise" following the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia on Monday. 17 Jul 2018
Around 2Mln People Visited FIFA Fan Fest in Moscow During 2018 FIFA World Cup - Official

Around 2Mln People Visited FIFA Fan Fest in Moscow During 2018 FIFA World Cup - Official

MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) - Around two million people visited the FIFA Fan Fest at Vorobyovy Gory in Moscow during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, head of Moscow’s Department of Sport and Tourism Nikolay Gulyayev told Sputnik on Monday. 17 Jul 2018
First Female to Run Onto Pitch During World Cup Final Receives 15 Days in Detention

First Female to Run Onto Pitch During World Cup Final Receives 15 Days in Detention

MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) - A female Pussy Riot member, who ran onto the pitch first followed by three other people during the FIFA World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, was sentenced to 15 days in detention by a court in Moscow, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the courtroom on Monday. 17 Jul 2018
President Trump Hopes US Does 'As Good a Job' as Russia in Organizing 2026 FIFA World Cup

President Trump Hopes US Does 'As Good a Job' as Russia in Organizing 2026 FIFA World Cup

HELSINKI, July 16 (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump said on Monday that he hoped the United States would be able to organize the 2026 FIFA World Cup to the same high level as Russia managed to do this summer. 17 Jul 2018
Italy’s Salvini Left World Cup Award Ceremony Early Due to Conflict With Macron – Source

Italy’s Salvini Left World Cup Award Ceremony Early Due to Conflict With Macron – Source

MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) - Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini deliberately left the FIFA World Cup final prior to an award ceremony over an ongoing disagreement with French President Emanuel Macron, a source in the Italian delegation visiting Moscow told Sputnik on Monday. 17 Jul 2018
Moscow's Stadiums Full to Capacity During World Cup Matches - Official

Moscow's Stadiums Full to Capacity During World Cup Matches - Official

MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) - Moscow's Luzhniki and Spartak Stadiums were full to capacity for every match they hosted during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the head of Moscow’s Department of Sport and Tourism Nikolay Gulyayev told Sputnik on Monday. 17 Jul 2018
Over 1.3Mln People Attended St. Petersburg's FIFA Fan Fest During World Cup - Organizers

Over 1.3Mln People Attended St. Petersburg's FIFA Fan Fest During World Cup - Organizers

ST. PETERSBURG, July 16 (Sputnik) - More than 1.3 million fans visited the FIFA Fan Fest in St. Petersburg during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the press service of the organizers said on Monday. 17 Jul 2018
Putin Hands Over World Cup Ball to Trump Replying Question on Who Has Advantage in Syria

Putin Hands Over World Cup Ball to Trump Replying Question on Who Has Advantage in Syria

HELSINKI, July 16 (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference following talks with US leader Donald Trump, in response to a question about who now owns the initiative in the Syrian issue, presented the official ball of the World Cup to his US counterpart and said that it was now on his side. 17 Jul 2018
England Striker Kane Thanks Team, Coaching Staff After Becoming World Cup's Top Goalscorer

England Striker Kane Thanks Team, Coaching Staff After Becoming World Cup's Top Goalscorer

MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) - England striker Harry Kane, who won the Golden Boot award as the top goalscorer of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, thanked his teammates and the coaching staff on Monday for helping him land the prize. 17 Jul 2018
World Cup Legend Maradona Says 2018 FIFA World Cup Organization 'Wonderful'

World Cup Legend Maradona Says 2018 FIFA World Cup Organization 'Wonderful'

BREST, July 16 (Sputnik) - Argentina legend Diego Maradona, who had signed a three-year contract to become FC Dynamo Brest’s chairman, praised the organization of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia on Monday, saying that it was "wonderful." 17 Jul 2018
France Players, Head Coach to Receive Legion of Honor Following World Cup Win - Reports

France Players, Head Coach to Receive Legion of Honor Following World Cup Win - Reports

MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) - Players from the 2018 FIFA World Cup-winning French national team and their head coach Didier Deschamps will be awarded the Legion of Honor, French media reported Monday. 17 Jul 2018
FIFA World Cup Showed St. Petersburg Ready to Host More Major Events - Governor

FIFA World Cup Showed St. Petersburg Ready to Host More Major Events - Governor

ST. PETERSBURG, July 16 (Sputnik) - St. Petersburg has demonstrated its hospitality and readiness to host major sporting events during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko said on Monday. 17 Jul 2018
Almost 400,000 People Visited FIFA Fan Fest in Kaliningrad During World Cup

Almost 400,000 People Visited FIFA Fan Fest in Kaliningrad During World Cup

KALININGRAD, July 16 (Sputnik) - Almost 400,000 people visited the FIFA Fan Fest in the western Russian city of Kaliningrad over the course of the FIFA World Cup, the Kaliningrad Region's Deputy Governor Alexander Rolbinov said on Monday. 17 Jul 2018
Visa-Free Entrance for Fan ID Holders to Boost Tourism in Russia - Federal Agency

Visa-Free Entrance for Fan ID Holders to Boost Tourism in Russia - Federal Agency

MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) - The visa-free entrance to Russia granted to all football fans who attended the FIFA World Cup matches this summer will bolster the development of tourism in the country, Head of Russia's Federal Agency for Tourism Oleg Safonov told Sputnik on Monday. 17 Jul 2018
World Cup legend Maradona arrives in Belarus to start working for local side

World Cup legend Maradona arrives in Belarus to start working for local side

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has arrived in the Belarusian city of Brest, a Sputnik correspondent reported Monday. 17 Jul 2018
How do you replace a player like Cristiano Ronaldo?

How do you replace a player like Cristiano Ronaldo?

Real Madrid now face life without their greatest ever goalscorer, but do they splash out on a direct replacement or is there another solution? Thore Haugstad explores the Liga giants options 17 Jul 2018
Fan fined $50 for entering VIP box illegally during World Cup Final

Fan fined $50 for entering VIP box illegally during World Cup Final

A football fan was fined 3,000 rubles (about $50) by a court in Moscow for illegally entering a VIP box during Sunday's FIFA World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. 16 Jul 2018
Moscow Ready to Share Experience of Hosting FIFA World Cup With Qatar - Deputy Mayor

Moscow Ready to Share Experience of Hosting FIFA World Cup With Qatar - Deputy Mayor

MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) - The Moscow authorities are ready to share their experience of hosting the FIFA World Cup and organizing the work of city services with Qatar that will host the tournament in 2022, Deputy Moscow Mayor Petr Biryukov said on Monday. 16 Jul 2018
Over 2Mln Extra Passengers Traveled by Train in Russia During FIFA World Cup - Railways

Over 2Mln Extra Passengers Traveled by Train in Russia During FIFA World Cup - Railways

MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) - Hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup helped the Russian Railways to increase the traffic of passengers by an estimated 2 million people, the company told Sputnik on Monday. 16 Jul 2018
Quiz! Can you name the top 25 attacking players from the 2018 World Cup?

Quiz! Can you name the top 25 attacking players from the 2018 World Cup?

Goals and assists combined, each of these players contributed directly to three or more goals in Russia this summer. Time to name them... 16 Jul 2018
Moscow's Infrastructure Not Damaged by Fans During 2018 FIFA World Cup - Deputy Mayor

Moscow's Infrastructure Not Damaged by Fans During 2018 FIFA World Cup - Deputy Mayor

MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) - Fans have not caused any serious damage to Moscow's infrastructure during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Deputy Moscow Mayor Petr Biryukov said on Monday. 16 Jul 2018