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Jul 14, 2015

Fewer hotels, more campsites as Russia cuts World Cup costs

MOSCOW/NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) – Football fans at the 2018 World Cup could find themselves sleeping on boats or pitching tents in Soviet-era summer camps as Russia reins in spending on the tournament by cutting back on the number of hotels.

Back in 2010, when it won the right to host the finals, Russia promised to provide 100,000 rooms for visiting supporters, far exceeding the 60,000 required by football’s world governing body FIFA.

Jul 14, 2015

Soccer-Fewer hotels, more campsites as Russia cuts World Cup costs

MOSCOW/NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia, July 14 (Reuters) – Soccer fans at the 2018 World Cup could find themselves sleeping on boats or pitching tents in Soviet-era summer camps as Russia reins in spending on the tournament by cutting back on the number of hotels.

Back in 2010, when it won the right to host the finals, Russia promised to provide 100,000 rooms for visiting supporters, far exceeding the 60,000 required by soccer’s world governing body FIFA.

Jul 13, 2015

CORRECTED: Russia expects no “kick up backside” moment over World Cup

MOSCOW/YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Despite a faltering economy, international tension over Ukraine, and an investigation into its World Cup bid, Russia is confident everything will be ready by the time the soccer extravaganza kicks off on June 14, 2018.

“The dream will come true,” Vladimir Leonov, sports minister for Russia’s Tatarstan republic, told reporters in the regional capital Kazan. “The World Cup is coming and we are lucky to experience it in our lifetime.”

Jul 13, 2015

Russia expects no ‘kick up backside’ moment over World Cup

MOSCOW/YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Despite a faltering economy, international tension over Ukraine, and an investigation into its World Cup bid, Russia is confident everything will be ready by the time the soccer extravaganza kicks off on June 14, 2018.

“The dream will come true,” Vladimir Leonov, sports minister for Russia’s Tatarstan republic, told reporters in the regional capital Kazan. “The World Cup is coming and we are lucky to experience it in our lifetime.”

Jul 13, 2015

Soccer-Russia expects no “kick up backside” moment over World Cup

MOSCOW/YEKATERINBURG, Russia, July 13 (Reuters) – Despite a faltering economy, international tension over Ukraine, and an investigation into its World Cup bid, Russia is confident everything will be ready by the time the soccer extravaganza kicks off on June 14, 2018.

“The dream will come true,” Vladimir Leonov, sports minister for Russia’s Tatarstan republic, told reporters in the regional capital Kazan. “The World Cup is coming and we are lucky to experience it in our lifetime.”

Jul 11, 2015

Soccer-Divers about to get cheered at Kazan’s World Cup stadium

KAZAN, Russia, July 11 (Reuters) – Diving normally results in a yellow card when it takes place inside a soccer stadium but later this month inside the Kazan Arena each downward plunge will be cheered by 30,000 fans.

That is because, for the first time ever, the world swimming and synchronised swimming championships are being staged inside a soccer stadium.

Jul 8, 2015

Russia in no danger of losing 2018 World Cup, says Mutko

MOSCOW (Reuters) – There is no threat of Russia being stripped of the World Cup due to the impending change of FIFA president or the FBI probe into alleged corruption at world soccer’s governing body, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday.

But Mutko, a member of FIFA’s executive committee, added that drastic change was needed at “a world class organization” that “needed to reclaim the trust of fans”.

Jul 8, 2015

Soccer-Russia in no danger of losing 2018 World Cup, says Mutko

MOSCOW, July 8 (Reuters) – There is no threat of Russia being stripped of the World Cup due to the impending change of FIFA president or the FBI probe into alleged corruption at world soccer’s governing body, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday.

But Mutko, a member of FIFA’s executive committee, added that drastic change was needed at “a world class organisation” that “needed to reclaim the trust of fans”.

Jul 5, 2015

Soccer-Nigeria sack coach Keshi for lack of commitment

July 5 (Reuters) – The topsy-turvy troubled relationship between the Nigeria Football Federation and their coach Stephen “Big Boss” Keshi has ended with the NFF sacking him because “he is not committed enough” to the job, the NFF said in a statement.

The former Nigeria international, who coached his country to victory in the African Cup of Nations in 2013 and into the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil last year before losing to France, has been replaced by Shuaibu Amodu, who was appointed Nigeria’s technical director last week.

Jul 5, 2015

I am teetotal to ward off depression, Flintoff says

LONDON (Reuters) – Former England cricket captain Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, whose image as a heavy, fun-loving drinker was sealed by his animated victory celebrations, has opened up about now being teetotal as part of his battle with depression.

Flintoff was famously pictured looking the worse for wear on an open top bus tour through London and at a Downing Street reception after England had beaten Australia to win the 2005 Ashes series.