Category: Russia

Russia’s World Cup run defied the odds, here’s a look at how they pulled it off

Hats off to Russia for making their country proud and making it to the quarterfinals. It’s fair to say that few saw that coming. Heading into the World Cup, the Russians ranked 70th in the world, making them the worst ranked team in the tournament. They were also winless in seven friendlies leading up to the World Cup. Making them a long shot to advance out of the weakest group. And this makes what they accomplished that much more impressive. Kick-starting the tournament with eight goals in two games instilled hope in the Russian squad. They were determined to prove ... Read more

Spain needs to overcome World Cup demons to advance

Spain will take on Russia in Moscow this weekend for a place in the last eight of the World Cup and they will do so as strong favorites. However to progress they will have to overcome one or two demons from an international history that includes a long sequence of harrowing defeats against the host nation at major tournaments. Indeed for all their recent glories, it’s a ghost that is yet to be properly exorcised. Spain haven’t faced the hosts since their Euro 2004 exit at the hands of Portugal. Their three straight titles between 2008 and 2012 saw them ... Read more

Russian FA fined 30,000 Swiss francs for racist chants at France match

Paris (AFP) – Russia’s football association has been fined 30,000 Swiss francs (25,000 euros) following racist chants by supporters during a friendly between the World Cup hosts and France in March, FIFA said on Tuesday. Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele were the target of monkey chants during the match in Saint Petersburg, a 3-1 victory for France. FIFA’s disciplinary committee sanctioned the Russian Football Union “following a thorough investigation including the review of video evidence”, while noting “the gravity of the incident but also the limited number of fans involved”. The punishment comes with the ... Read more

Russians take sceptical view of World Cup

Moscow (AFP) – Nearly every Russian football fan believes the World Cup hosts will make it out of their group for the time since the Soviet era. But almost no one gives them a chance to win the trophy and just under half of respondents said they will not be watching any matches. A study of Russia’s mood ahead of the June 14 kickoff published on Friday showed faith in the national team muted and interest weak. The state-owned Public Opinion Foundation pollster said four percent of those who follow football think Russia can win their first World Cup. A ... Read more

Where to find Russia vs. France friendly on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Russia vs. France in a friendly, you’ve come to the right place. Both Russia and France were on the receiving end of defeats on Friday. Russia lost to Brazil, while France lost 3-2 to Colombia despite going two-nil up at home. So both France and Russia will want to bounce back from those defeats with improved performances on Tuesday. Match: Russia vs. France Kickoff: Tuesday, 11:55am ET Looking to watch Russia vs. France online from your work, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, there are ... Read more

Where to find Russia vs. Brazil friendly on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Russia vs. Brazil in a friendly, you’ve come to the right place. In Friday’s game at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Brazil will gain valuable experience in playing in Russia ahead of this summer’s World Cup tournament. Match: Russia vs. Brazil Kickoff: Friday, 11:55am ET Looking to watch Russia vs. Brazil online from your work, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, there are several options to catch all the action. We Recommend: US Only. Here are all of the details of where you can watch it ... Read more

Where to find Mexico vs. Russia Confederations Cup on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Mexico vs. Russia in the Confederations Cup, you’ve come to the right place. After a draw and a win in the FIFA Confederations Cup, Mexico needs a draw or more to advance to the semi-finals of the competition. At the same time, Russia needs a win to go through to the next round. Match: Mexico vs. Russia Kickoff: Saturday at 11am ET Looking to watch Mexico vs. Russia online from your work, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, there are several options to catch all ... Read more

Russia remains unfit to host World Cup

FIFA President Gianni Infantino was in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar on Tuesday, visiting the stadium of the city’s Russian Premier League side and surveying the scene in the country ahead of the upcoming Confederations Cup. It was a polished occasion. Infantino smiled and posed for photos with the Russian president Vladimir Putin, and proceeded to stamp his approval on Russia’s preparations for its hosting role this and next summer. “As FIFA president — and what is more important as a football fan, I can invite the entire world to come to Russia to watch the Confederations Cup and ... Read more