Spartak Moscow

Russian soccer club cancel new player contract after fans protest because he’s black

Racism making a welcome return after the world cup.<p>A teenaged soccer player has had his contract cancelled by Russian second-division side Torpedo …

Soccer

Mario Pasalic travels with Chelsea pre-season squad despite imminent Serie A move

gossip<p>Mario Pasalic has travelled with the Chelsea squad for their pre-season tour of Australia with his club future still up in the air.<p>Like many of …

Soccer

Atalanta gazump Fiorentina, agree loan-to-buy deal for €15m-rated Chelsea midfielder — report

Mario Pašalić looked set for Florence. Instead, he looks to be heading to Bergamo.<p>According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia), Atalanta have beaten Fiorentina to the signature of Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic. The Croatian international had been a Fiorentina target …

Soccer

Picking an 'Alternative' Team of the Tournament From the 2018 World Cup

It is relatively easy to pick a 'Team of the Tournament' for the 2018 World Cup, but it would mostly be filled with French, Croatian, Belgian, …

Soccer

Rising Polish Star Duda Grabs Dortmund Lead

<b>Jan-Krzysztof Duda</b> has been going up in the FIDE ratings, and won this year's Polish championship. Yesterday he took the lead at the Sparkassen Chess …

Chess

Liverpool FC v Roma game cost £38k to police - full price of Liverpool and Everton policing bill revealed

Liverpool FC's Champions League semi-final clash against AS Roma cost nearly £38,000 in policing costs.<p>The full cost of policing every Liverpool and …

Soccer

As World Cup ends, Russia faces uncertain football legacy

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — The massive scaffolding seating structures soaring out of each end of Yekaterinburg Arena were built to show Russia was serious about saving money. At the end of the World Cup, the temporary stands symbolize the problems with the tournament's legacy.<p>The stands were …

FIFA World Cup

Lenin statue at final sandwiched by ads for Budweiser, Visa

MOSCOW (AP) — When Lenin had a thirst for revolution, this is not what he had in mind.<p>Fans attending Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia will pass a huge statue of the Bolshevik Revolution's leader as they enter the Luzhniki Stadium. Abutting the rear of the monument is a Budweiser …

News

How England's World Cup run has proven Liverpool supporters right

It's not about the destination, it's about the journey.<p>Such a phrase has rarely rung more true than during Liverpool's thrilling run to the Champions …

Soccer

The Luzhniki Stadium's forgotten disaster

On Sunday, France take on Croatia in the World Cup final in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. But the darkest chapter of the stadium's history, when at …

FA Cup

SuperCupNI 2018 venue by venue guide to the first three days' fixtures

<b>Coleraine Showgrounds</b><p>MONDAY: Club America v Co Tyrone (2pm) – Premier Section. Manchester United v Co Londonderry (7.30pm) – Junior Section.<p>TUESDAY: …

Sport (N. Ireland)

Goal Click: The global photography project explores Russia and its football culture through stunning snaps for World Cup 2018

<b>IT really is the beautiful game...</b><p>Before World Cup 2018, global photography project Goal Click sent disposable cameras to seven photographers in 13 …

Russia

Everything You Need to Know About Spartak Stadium

Background<p>Also known as Otkritie Arena, this 45,360-capacity stadium opened in September 2014 with a game between FC Spartak Moscow and Red Star …

Soccer

Russian fans to back England after Croatian star Domagoj Vida's 'Glory to Ukraine' chant

Russian fans are rooting for England in the World Cup semi-finals after a Croatia star shouted “Glory to Ukraine” following his country’s win over the hosts.<p>Domagoj Vida, a defender, was filmed yelling the anti-Russian, pro-Ukraine nationalist slogan in a nine-second clip posted on Twitter.<p>The …

Russia

KV Oostende confirm Fashion Sakala’s signing from Spartak Moscow

The Zambia international has agreed a deal that will keep him with the Kustboys till 2021 after successful medicals<p>Belgian Division A side KV Oostende have confirmed the capture of Fashion Sakala from Spartak Moscow on a three-year deal.<p>The 21-year-old attacker joined the Versluys Arena outfit in …

Soccer

Russia Fans Supporting England After Politically-Charged Celebration From Croatia's Domagoj Vida

Футбол возвращается домой!<p>England may be receiving a boost from the World Cup hosts ahead of their semi-final clash tomorrow, as Russian fans seem to be switching allegiance in the hope of seeing Croatia's downfall.<p>In addition to some bitterness about being knocked out by Croatia, Russian fans are …

Domagoj Vida

Zambia striker Fashion Sakala ready for dream Belgian challenge

The 21-year-old Zambian forward signed a three year-deal on Monday, and joins compatriot Emmanuel Banda at the Belgian Pro League side<p>KV Oostende new striker Fashion Sakala is ready for the Belgian Jupiler Pro League challenge after joining KV Oostende from Russian side Spartak Moscow.<p>After …

Soccer

Daniel Sturridge has laid down Liverpool's pre-season striking gauntlet - can Divock Origi respond?

It was a timely reminder of Daniel Sturridge's enduring class - and perhaps a shot across the bows to his Liverpool competition, too.<p>The Reds striker …

Soccer

Russia star Ilya Kutepov shows gruesome foot injury - which he played 100 minutes of quarter-final with

BLOOD, sweat and tears went into Russia's World Cup campaign — especially from defender Ilya Kutepov.<p>Spartak Moscow's centre-back suffered a gruesome …

Russia

Russia's Samedov, Ignashevich retire from international football

Sochi, July 8 (IANS) Russian midfielder Aleksandr Samedov, along with veteran defender Sergei Ignashevich, have announced their retirement from …

International Football

Ignashevich retires after Russia's quarter-final exit

Sergei Ignashevich has announced his retirement from football following Russia's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Croatia.<p>The 38-year-old defender …

FIFA World Cup

'They've done us proud' - the former GMP officer keeping an eye on England's World Cup fans in Russia

England’s small army of travelling World Cup fans have charmed Russians and ‘done us proud’, according to the former senior GMP officer tasked with …

Manchester

WATCH: Croatia Eliminates World Cup Host Russia After Penalty Kicks

Russia is out of its World Cup, but not without a fight to the very last kick.<p>Croatia won a penalty-kick shootout 4-3, cementing the nation's first …

Soccer

Stefanos Tsitsipas credits his Spartan fighting spirit for record-breaking run at Wimbledon

The 19-year-old became the first Greek man in Open tennis ever to reach the last 16 of one of the four Grand Slams.<p>Stefanos Tsitsipas hailed his …

Tennis

Man Divorces Wife of 14 Years After She Mocks His Favorite Football Player

Big sporting events like the World Cup are supposed to bring people together in support of their favorite teams and players, but for one Russian …

Weird

How Stanislav Cherchesov weathered a storm to raise Russia’s game | Andrew Roth

An ambitious manager with an ice-cold demeanour on the pitch, Stanislav Cherchesov has withstood two years of criticism to shape Russia’s most successful World Cup squad from what once looked like its weakest in history.<p>Resembling a mustachioed police captain sent down to clean up a crooked …

Russia

The Surprising History of Russian Football

Football has had a bumpy ride in Russia and the Soviet Union. Sometimes the game got players an award, and sometimes - a prison sentence.

Russian Football Union

Ekaterinburg Arena's temporary stand fits city's architecture legacy

<i>Editor's Note: This is the sixth in a series of essays profiling all of the cities set to host World Cup games this summer. Eliot Rothwell visited</i> …

Spartak Moscow

Cardiff Interested in Signing £6m-Rated Zenit Striker After Impressive World Cup Displays

Cardiff are interested in signing Artem Dzyuba from Zenit St Petersburg as they look to strengthen their attacking options ahead of their Premier …

Soccer

Russia's World Cup star and captain Igor Akinfeev has finally proved his critics wrong

On June 20, 2016, Igor Akinfeev did everything in his power to save Russia from total humiliation. Not only was the team's performance disastrous …

Soccer