‘I wish the stadiums I played at were like Russia’s now’ – goalkeeping great Schmeichel to RT

Denmark goalkeeping great Peter Schmeichel, who is working with RT as part of its World Cup 2018 special coverage, said Russia’s stadiums are top-class and urged people to “relax a little bit” about criticism by Western media. “Even though I played at the World Cup myself, this is going to be much more exciting to me,” Schmeichel told RT. “Once ...

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‘We hope to carry on this success story’: Russia 2018 LOC head on World Cup preparation

With 100 days to go until the FIFA 2018 World Cup, Stan Collymore sat down with Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief Alexey Sorokin to discuss Russia’s preparations for the tournament. The Russia 2018 World Cup kicks off in Moscow on June 14 when the host nation takes on Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium. That day, says Sorokin, will be the ...

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‘Dedication to evil’: UK journalist slams Mourinho for RT signing

UK journalist Nooruddean Choudry has admonished Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho for his decision to provide punditry for RT during the Russia 2018 World Cup, sarcastically praising his “dedication to being evil.” Two-time Champions League winner Mourinho, 55, announced on Monday that he would provide expert analysis on RT during the channel’s coverage of the tournament this summer. Seemingly unconvinced, ...

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Russia to probe positive doping tests by its athletes in PyeongChang

The Russian General Prosecutor’s Office will investigate the two cases of positive doping tests by Russian athletes during the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea, a spokesman said. Samples of two athletes from Russia, curler Alexander Krushelnitsky and bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva, contained traces of banned substances. Sergeeva confessed to using the heart drug trimetazidine and did not even ask for ...

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Little white lie: Skater Medvedeva reveals Russian flag was hidden on OAR kit

Olympic silver medalist figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva has revealed that Russian athletes secretly kept the national flag under a white scarf buttoned to their jackets while competing as neutrals at PyeongChang 2018. In a video posted to her Instagram account on Sunday, the two-time world champion, who was on her flight from PyeongChang to Moscow, unclasped the white scarf from ...

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UK cycling star Bradley Wiggins & Team Sky accused of abusing TUE program

Team Sky and 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins have been accused of abusing the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) program which allows athletes to take banned substances to treat medical ailments. A report published by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee on Sunday claims that Team Sky allowed its members to use the TUE-authorized steroid triamcinolone ...

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Buffon leads tributes to tragic Fiorentina captain as Florence declares day of mourning

Italian football icon Gianluigi Buffon has led the tributes to ACF Fiorentina captain Davide Astori who died suddenly aged 31. The city of Florence, where the club is based, has declared a day of mourning to mark his passing. Astori died in his sleep on Sunday after suffering a suspected cardiocirculatory arrest, although the cause of death is yet unconfirmed. ...

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World-renowned football coach José Mourinho signs with RT for special Russia 2018 World Cup coverage

Enigmatic football manager and self-styled ‘Special One’ José Mourinho has become RT’s latest signing. He’ll offer his unique insight into the game for the channel’s FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia special coverage. Named FIFA World Coach of the Year in 2010, Mourinho boasts one of the most outstanding coaching resumes in world football. He will be in Moscow to share ...

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'Iranian women will have access to their football stadiums soon’ – FIFA boss Infantino

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said Iranian authorities have assured him that women will soon be provided with access to football stadiums. They are currently banned from attending games. The announcement follows reports that 35 Iranian women seeking to watch a game between local teams Esteqlal and Persepolis, which was attended by Infantino, had been denied entry to the stadium. ...

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‘We have Messi, we have a chance to win the World Cup’ – Argentina great Gallardo

Former Argentine international Marcelo Gallardo has proudly worn the famous blue and white striped national team shirt. He has proudly played in the name of La Albiceleste – the team’s moniker. They are the same colors and nickname now represented by five-time world’s best player Lionel Messi, the current Argentina captain, who will defend them at Russia during the World ...

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