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Russia to keep using World Cup infrastructure after tournament

Russia to keep using World Cup infrastructure after tournament

Russia plans to keep using the infrastructure created or upgraded in the country ahead of this summer's FIFA World Cup after the tournament came to a close on Sunday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said on Wednesday. 19 Jul 2018
Raiffeisenbank, Papa Jones face fines for World Cup branding breaches

Raiffeisenbank, Papa Jones face fines for World Cup branding breaches

Russia’s Raiffeisenbank and Papa Jones pizzeria franchise could be fined up to 500,000 rubles (about AUS$10,800) after the Moscow office of the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) issued warrants against the two companies for the illegal use of 2018 FIFA World Cup branding. 19 Jul 2018
Hosting 2018 FIFA World Cup Turned Russia Into 'Tourist Mecca' - Tourist Association

Hosting 2018 FIFA World Cup Turned Russia Into 'Tourist Mecca' - Tourist Association

MOSCOW, July 18 (Sputnik) - Hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup turned Russia into a "tourist mecca" for the first time in many years, Executive Director of the Association of Russian Tour Operators Maya Lomidze said on Wednesday. 18 Jul 2018
Gazzaev says World Cup in Russia held under 'ideal conditions'

Gazzaev says World Cup in Russia held under 'ideal conditions'

The 2018 World Cup has been held under “ideal conditions" and it is sad that the tournament is coming to an end after just a month, Russian lawmaker and former Russia head coach Valery Gazzaev told Sputnik on Sunday. 16 Jul 2018
Croatia president Grabar-Kitarovic thanks Putin for fighting acts of hatred

Croatia president Grabar-Kitarovic thanks Putin for fighting acts of hatred

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic thanked her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for preventing any hateful statements during the 2018 World Cup. 15 Jul 2018
Martinez: Belgium played football that neutral fans enjoyed

Martinez: Belgium played football that neutral fans enjoyed

Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez said on Saturday that his side played a brand of football that neutral fans "really enjoyed" at this summer's tournament. 15 Jul 2018
Russia deserved to reach World Cup quarter-finals says Morientes

Russia deserved to reach World Cup quarter-finals says Morientes

Former Real Madrid and Spain striker Fernando Morientes told Sputnik on Saturday that Russia worked hard and deserved to reach the quarter-finals at the 2018 World Cup. 15 Jul 2018
Midfielder Rakitic Says All 4.5Mln Croatians to 'Step Out on Pitch’ in World Cup Final

Midfielder Rakitic Says All 4.5Mln Croatians to 'Step Out on Pitch’ in World Cup Final

MOSCOW, July 13 (Sputnik) - Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic said on Friday that his team would have “plenty of energy” in the World Cup final against France at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday and “all the 4.5 million Croatians will step out on the pitch” with them. 14 Jul 2018
US Actor, Rapper Smith Says Brazil's Neymar Did 'Spectacular' Acting Job at World Cup

US Actor, Rapper Smith Says Brazil's Neymar Did 'Spectacular' Acting Job at World Cup

MOSCOW, July 13 (Sputnik) - US actor and rapper Will Smith said on Friday that Brazil’s star striker Neymar did a "spectacular" acting job at the World Cup and that Brazil was one of his favorite teams. 14 Jul 2018
France Wary of Croatia 'Hardened' by Extra-Time Wins at World Cup - Midfielder Matuidi

France Wary of Croatia 'Hardened' by Extra-Time Wins at World Cup - Midfielder Matuidi

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi says his side is gearing up for the World Cup final against a Croatia squad that had been "hardened" by their three straight extra-time victories at the tournament. 13 Jul 2018
World Cup experience 'foundation for future wins' - Kane

World Cup experience 'foundation for future wins' - Kane

England striker and captain Harry Kane said his side gained "great experience" and have laid a "great foundation for future wins" at the World Cup after his side suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Croatia in their semi-final encounter. 12 Jul 2018
Russia proved it can host World Cup at highest level

Russia proved it can host World Cup at highest level

Russia proved its ability to host the World Cup at the highest possible level, the Russian Football Union's anti-discrimination officer and former Chelsea midfielder Alexey Smertin said on Wednesday. 12 Jul 2018
Russia have set 'High Standards' for future World Cups

Russia have set 'High Standards' for future World Cups

Russian upper house speaker Valentina Matviyenko says that it would be tough for future World Cup hosts to reach the "high standards" set by Russia this year. 11 Jul 2018
Belgium expected to play in World Cup Final - Courtois

Belgium expected to play in World Cup Final - Courtois

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said his side had expected to play in the World Cup final. 11 Jul 2018
Russian national team thank retired defender Zhirkov

Russian national team thank retired defender Zhirkov

The Russian national football team thanked defender Yuri Zhirkov following the announcement of his retirement from the team on Tuesday. 11 Jul 2018
Ex-Germany Forward Kuranyi Hopes Croatia Can Win World Cup

Ex-Germany Forward Kuranyi Hopes Croatia Can Win World Cup

MOSCOW, July 9 (Sputnik) - Former Dynamo Moscow and Germany forward Kevin Kuranyi said on Monday that he hoped Croatia could win this year’s World Cup. 10 Jul 2018
Over 20,000 foreign fans expected for France v Belgium

Over 20,000 foreign fans expected for France v Belgium

Over 20,000 foreign fans are expected to attend the World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium in St. Petersburg. 9 Jul 2018
World Cup tipped to help Russian bid for Expo 2025

World Cup tipped to help Russian bid for Expo 2025

The success of the 2018 World Cup could help Russia to advance its bid to host Expo 2025, bid committee head Aleksander Chernov has said. 9 Jul 2018
Modric: Winning World Cup more important than Ballon D'Or

Modric: Winning World Cup more important than Ballon D'Or

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric said that he was more concerned with winning the World Cup than the Ballon d'Or award. 8 Jul 2018
Belgium beat Brazil 2-1 to set up France semi-final clash

Belgium beat Brazil 2-1 to set up France semi-final clash

Belgium beat five-time champions Brazil 2-1 in Kazan on Friday to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals, where they will face 1998 winners France in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. 7 Jul 2018
Torreira: Uruguay leave World Cup with heads held high

Torreira: Uruguay leave World Cup with heads held high

Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira said on Friday that his side did well at the World Cup and had every right to leave the tournament with their “heads held high,” after they were defeated by France 2-0 in Nizhny Novgorod. 7 Jul 2018