The Panenka

A blog dedicated to European Football, World Soccer, and the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Month: April 2017 (page 1 of 2)

FIFA Distances Itself From 2014 World Cup Stadium Scandal

FIFA has publicly denied any wrongdoing in the construction of stadiums used in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after investigators in the country alleged that at least half were built on the back of corrupt contracts.

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OFC Backs USA-Mexico-Canada World Cup 2026 Bid

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) has announced that it is behind a bid by the United States, Mexico and Canada to host the 2026 World Cup.

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FIFA Failing To Win Backers For Russia 2018 World Cup

FIFA is struggling to secure new commercial partners in time for next year’s World Cup in Russia, with international and local groups balking at the financial cost and reputational risk of being associated with one of the world’s most-watched sporting events, the FT reports.

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US Senator: Strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal said that he will be sending a letter to the organizers of the FIFA World Cup asking them to remove the 2018 games from Russia after their political complacency in Syrian war crimes.

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2022 FIFA World Cup To Feature Recyclable Seats

Qatari company Coastal will produce 100% recyclable seats for the 2022 World Cup.

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Zenit Host St. Petersburg World Cup Stadium Curtain Raiser

On Saturday, April 22nd Zenit St. Petersburg will face FC Ural in the Russain Premier League for the first ever competitive game at Stadium St. Petersburg, one of the key venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Confederations Cup 2017: Groups and Fixtures


Your guide to the 2017 Confederations Cup held in Russia between June 17 and July 2.

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World Cup Russia 2018 Volunteer Program Sees Record Applications

The Volunteer Programme for the 2018 FIFA World Cup has become the largest of its kind in history, with 175,000 hopefuls applying to land a role at next summer’s tournament in Russia.

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Confederations Cup 2017 Ticket Sales A Concern Says, Organizers

Only a fraction of the tickets for the Confederations Cup in Russia have been snapped up, Moscow said on Tuesday, admitting the lack of interest in the World Cup dress rehearsal was a worry.

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Hisense Becomes Official Sponsor of 2018 FIFA World Cup

In Beijing, Hisense announced its status as an official sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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