Posts Tagged "Russia"

Euro 2012: The Runners & Riders – Russia

By on May 14, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

The Russian national team could be forgiven for treating all matches up to the 2018 World Cup finals as a warm up for that competition. After all, the amount of money being spent on the first tournament to be held in the country will be vast and expectations amongst the Russian public will be accordingly high. Russia, however, have spent most of the last two decades...

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FIFA, The FA and The British Press: No-one Really Wins The Moral Debate

By on Nov 4, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 7 comments

“Please accept my resignation. I wouldn’t belong to a club that would accept me as a member”, said the telegram that Groucho Marx in his famous telegram to the Friar’s Club of Beverly Hills, and the Football Association must be inwardly feeling the same as Marx with their admission that recent press revelations into the behaviour of various senior FIFA...

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Tackling Racism Head On, The West Bromwich Albion Way

Tackling Racism Head On, The West Bromwich Albion Way

By on Sep 14, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

With just a couple of months left until the voting starts for the hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals, it is perhaps unsurprising that a story should enter the public domain regarding racism that involves, to some extent, clubs from the two countries that are the current favourites to win the nomination to host the 2018 tournament. The controversy has...

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Brushed Aside

By on Jun 27, 2008 in Latest | 3 comments

We had very high hopes for this match, didn’t we? When pressed, this was going to be the classic of the two matches. The match that would repeated in slow motion with a light opera and indie rock soundtrack. As it turned out, though, Russia vs Spain was a comparatively one-sided match, won convincingly by Spain against a Russian team that really failed to turn...

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Not Enough Dutch Courage

By on Jun 22, 2008 in Latest | 0 comments

For the second major tournament in a row, the team that came out of the starting blocks the quickest have fallen at the quarter-final stage. It is a measure of the quality of last night’s Russian performance that the Netherlands were dependent on an exceptional performance from their goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Saar to even get to extra time in the first place,...

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