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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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Bale Backs Coleman to Lead Wales to Russia 2018

Gareth Bale insists Wales boss Chris Coleman is the right man to guide the principality to their first World Cup finals since 1958.

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BBC Presenters May Skip 2018 World Cup Over Safety Concerns

Speculation is growing suggesting that some of the BBC’s most respected correspondents and presenters could pass on the 2018 World Cup over threats from Russian hooligans.

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Road to Russia Begins for Referees

The Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano in Florence, Italy hosted some of the world’s top referees as part of a week-long seminar for prospective match officials at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, reports.

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