Category: 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

FIFA Council lauds 2018 World Cup in Russia as ‘best ever’, says Russian football official

FIFA Council lauds 2018 World Cup in Russia as ‘best ever’, says Russian football official

MOSCOW, October 26. /TASS/. Members of the FIFA Council have confirmed that the 2018 World Cup, held at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across Russia this summer, was the best ever in the history of the governing football body, Alexei Sorokin, a member of the FIFA Council, told TASS. The 8th meeting of the FIFA Council was held on Friday in Kigali, Rwanda, where, according to FIFA “the members of FIFA’s strategic and decision-making body discussed a number of pivotal aspects regarding the future of FIFA competitions.” Russia’s Sorokin served as the director general of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Russia-2018 for the FIFA World…

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Largest number of FIFA World Cup fans in Russia came from China, US, Mexico

Largest number of FIFA World Cup fans in Russia came from China, US, Mexico

MOSCOW, August 5. /TASS/. China, the United States and Mexico accounted for the largest number of fans who arrived in Russia for this summer’s FIFA World Cup, according to the data released by the Federal Security Service’s border guards on Sunday. “The largest number of fans came to Russia from China (over 53,000), the United States (more than 46,000), Mexico (more than 41,000), Argentina (over 31,000), Brazil (more than 27,000), Germany and the United Kingdom (more than 25,000), Colombia (over 23,000), Peru and France (nearly 20,000) and Croatia (over 18,000),” the FSB said. During the FIFA World Cup, more than 633,000 foreigners entered Russia using…

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Putin signs bill on visa-free entry for Fan ID holders into law

Putin signs bill on visa-free entry for Fan ID holders into law

MOSCOW, August 3. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on visa-free entry to Russia for holders of Fan IDs they used to attend matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup till the end of the current year, according to the official portal of legal information. The bill was passed by the Russian State Duma lower parliament house on July 26 and approved by the Federation Council upper house on July 28. Russia hosted the FIFA World Cup from June 14 through July 15, 2018. Holders of Fan ID’s who had tickets to the tournament’s matches needed no visa to enter Russia. After…

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Police re-arrest Pussy Riot members who ran onto field during World Cup final

Police re-arrest Pussy Riot members who ran onto field during World Cup final

MOSCOW, July 31. /TASS/. Police have detained once again the three members of the Pussy Riot punk group and a founder of the Voina art group, who ran out into the pitch of Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on July 15 during the final match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 championship. “The police detained [Pyotr] Verzilov, [Olga] Pakhtusova, [Veronika] Nikulshina, and [Olga] Kuracheva as they were leaving the detention centers where they had been doing their administrative arrest terms,” a well-informed Interior source told TASS. “They were taken to the Luzhniki police department.” He did not specify the cause for their detention. On July 15, Pakhtusova,…

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Police detains again Pussy Riots activist who broke into pitch during World Cup game

Police detains again Pussy Riots activist who broke into pitch during World Cup game

MOSCOW, July 31. /TASS/. Police have detained once again the three members of the Pussy Riot punk group and a founder of the Voina art group, who ran out into the pitch of Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on July 15 during the final match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 championship. “The police detained [Pyotr] Verzilov, [Olga] Pakhtusova, [Veronika] Nikulshina, and [Olga] Kuracheva as they were leaving the detention centers where they had been doing their administrative arrest terms,” a well-informed Interior source told TASS. “They were taken to the Luzhniki police department.” He did not specify the cause for their detention. On July 15, Pakhtusova,…

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Global football fans bolstered Russian exports during World Cup, reports Central Bank

Global football fans bolstered Russian exports during World Cup, reports Central Bank

© Artiom Geodakyan/TASS MOSCOW, July 30. /TASS/. Greater demand for Russian goods and services showed by foreign fans during the FIFA World Cup supported Russian exports, the Bank of Russia reported on Monday. “Higher demand for domestic goods and exports from foreign fans supported exports. According to estimates, the physical volume of export grew by 5-6% in annual terms in the second quarter of 2018,” the regulator says.  

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Upper house of parliament approves visa-free entry for Fan-ID holders until yearend

Upper house of parliament approves visa-free entry for Fan-ID holders until yearend

© Donat Sorokin/TASS MOSCOW, July 28. /TASS/. Football fans from other countries holding the so-called Fan-IDs from the FIFA World Cup will be able to enter Russia without visa until the end of 2018 as the Federation Council (upper house) has passed a respective bill at a plenary session on Saturday. Leaders of all four State Duma’s (lower house) factions and its head Vyacheslav Volodin initiated the bill. Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup that was held in the country in the period between June 14 and July 15. After the final match of the…

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About 20,000 spectators come for Russia in My Heart concert in Moscow’s Manezh Square

About 20,000 spectators come for Russia in My Heart concert in Moscow’s Manezh Square

© Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS MOSCOW, July 28. /TASS/. The Russia in My Heart gala concert devoted to Russian athletes’ achievements in 2018 has begun in Moscow’s Manezh Square. Regardless of worsening weather, about 20,000 people have gathered to watch the concert in downtown Moscow, according to organizers. The event is attended by medalists of the PyeongChang Olympic Games, members of ice hockey, figure skating, freestyle, short-track speed skating and skiing national teams alongside the footballers who made it through to the last eight at the Russia-hosted FIFA World Cup. The audience will be treated to a musical performance by Russian pop stars. The stage is decorated as…

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New achievements at upcoming tournaments are expected from football team, says President

MOSCOW, July 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin expects the national football team to make new achievements in the future. “So far you are obviously responsible for your motherland’s sports reputation. We rely on you very much,” he said at the ceremony of awarding the coaching staff and players of Russia’s football team on Saturday. “You have proved that you can win, and, of course, we expect new wins, prominent achievements at upcoming tournaments in the future,” President added. According to Putin, mainly thanks to the team’s players “more people are going to get interested and go in for sports, choose an active and healthy…

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Upper house of parliament approves vise-free entry for Fan-ID holders until yearend

Upper house of parliament approves vise-free entry for Fan-ID holders until yearend

© Donat Sorokin/TASS MOSCOW, July 28. /TASS/. Football fans from other countries holding the so-called Fan-IDs from the FIFA World Cup will be able to enter Russia without visa until the end of 2018 as the Federation Council (upper house) has passed a respective bill at a plenary session on Saturday. Leaders of all four State Duma’s (lower house) factions and its head Vyacheslav Volodin initiated the bill. Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup that was held in the country in the period between June 14 and July 15. After the final match of the…

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Putin awards Russia’s chief coach with Alexander Nevsky Order

Putin awards Russia’s chief coach with Alexander Nevsky Order

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, July 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin presented the coaching staff and players of the national football team with state awards on Saturday. The Russian team’s chief coach Stanislav Cherchesov was bestowed with the Alexander Nevsky Order, while the Order of Honor was awarded to goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev and central defender Sergey Ignashevich. Honorary certificates were also given to other players and coaches. This summer Russia hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a remarkable opening show at Luzhniki Stadium on the evening of June 14 and ended with a spectacular final match, played also at the…

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About 700,000 tourists visit St. Petersburg during 2018 FIFA World Cup

About 700,000 tourists visit St. Petersburg during 2018 FIFA World Cup

© Sergei Konkov/TASS ST. PETERSBURG, July 26. /TASS/. About 700,000 tourists, 70% of whom were foreigners, visited Russia’s St. Petersburg during the FIFA World Cup, St. Petersburg Deputy Governor Vladimir Kirillov told TASS. “French President Emmanuel Macron and King Philippe of Belgium came here to see World Cup matches, both of them praised the arrangements made…

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French footballer Pavard’s stunner voted Goal of 2018 FIFA World Cup

French footballer Pavard’s stunner voted Goal of 2018 FIFA World Cup

MOSCOW, July 25. /TASS/. The stunner by the French national football team’s defender, Benjamin Pavard, in a Last 16 game against Argentina was voted as the best goal of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the FIFA press office announced on Wednesday. “The goal selected by FIFA.com users was France’s equalizer against Argentina in the Round…

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World Cup fans pump $1.5 billion into Russia’s economy

World Cup fans pump $1.5 billion into Russia’s economy

Fans from all over the world invaded Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and celebrated their team’s performances profusely, causing some places to run out of booze and spending  reaching one and a half billion dollars. Russia welcomed the fans with various preparations including a spruced up infrastructure, spacious stadiums, and a raucous party atmosphere. The Financial Times reports: Russia is already enjoying a World Cup windfall of positive international PR and a surge in national pride after staging a widely praised tournament and seeing its team defy rock-bottom expectations. The event also gave its economy a welcome shot in the arm, the country’s…

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