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Free trains transported about 319,000 fans during 2018 World Cup

Free trains transported about 319,000 fans during 2018 World Cup

Around 319,000 football fans traveled between World Cup host cities on free trains during this summer's tournament in Russia, the Russian Railways said Wednesday. 19 Jul 2018
FIFA praised medical Services at Russia's World Cup

FIFA praised medical Services at Russia's World Cup

FIFA has praised the provision of first-class medical services during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Russian Healthcare Minister Veronika Skvortsova said on Wednesday. 19 Jul 2018
Raiffeisenbank, Papa Jones face fines for World Cup branding breaches

Raiffeisenbank, Papa Jones face fines for World Cup branding breaches

Russia’s Raiffeisenbank and Papa Jones pizzeria franchise could be fined up to 500,000 rubles (about AUS$10,800) after the Moscow office of the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) issued warrants against the two companies for the illegal use of 2018 FIFA World Cup branding. 19 Jul 2018
Dalic's statement about politicians 'fake'

Dalic's statement about politicians 'fake'

The Croatian Football Federation's media officer Tomislav Pacak told Sputnik on Wednesday that the statement apparently made by Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic that the Croatian politicians should stay away from the national team was fake. 18 Jul 2018
No Serious Violations of Law Recorded in Russia During FIFA World Cup - Interior Minister

No Serious Violations of Law Recorded in Russia During FIFA World Cup - Interior Minister

MOSCOW, July 18 (Sputnik) - No serious violations of law or order were recorded in Russia during this summer's FIFA World Cup as local police was "polite" with football fans, Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said Wednesday.  18 Jul 2018
Putin Backs Proposal to Use World Cup-Style Fan IDs at Other Mass Events

Putin Backs Proposal to Use World Cup-Style Fan IDs at Other Mass Events

MOSCOW, July 18 (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin backed on Wednesday the proposal to use FIFA World Cup-style Fan IDs at other major sporting and cultural events in the country. 18 Jul 2018
Records Broken at World Cup in Russia as Attendance Neared 100% - Deputy Prime Minister

Records Broken at World Cup in Russia as Attendance Neared 100% - Deputy Prime Minister

MOSCOW, July 18 (Sputnik) - The FIFA World Cup in Russia broke many records as more than 3 million fans attend the games to secure a near-perfect attendance, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said Wednesday. 18 Jul 2018
Over 4Mln People in Belarus Watched 2018 FIFA World Cup Matches on TV

Over 4Mln People in Belarus Watched 2018 FIFA World Cup Matches on TV

MINSK, July 18 (Sputnik) - More than 4 million people in Belarus watched the matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on TV, the Belarusian National State Television and Radio Company (Belteleradio) said on Wednesday. 18 Jul 2018
Putin Thanks 2018 FIFA World Cup Volunteers

Putin Thanks 2018 FIFA World Cup Volunteers

MOSCOW, July 18 (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked on Wednesday all the volunteers who worked at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 18 Jul 2018
FIFA World Cup Visitors Saw Real Russia, Not 'Artificial' Showcase - Putin

FIFA World Cup Visitors Saw Real Russia, Not 'Artificial' Showcase - Putin

MOSCOW, July 18 (Sputnik) - The visitors of the 2018 FIFA World Cup got to see the real Russia rather than an "artificial" showcase for the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday. 18 Jul 2018
Hosting 2018 FIFA World Cup Turned Russia Into 'Tourist Mecca' - Tourist Association

Hosting 2018 FIFA World Cup Turned Russia Into 'Tourist Mecca' - Tourist Association

MOSCOW, July 18 (Sputnik) - Hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup turned Russia into a "tourist mecca" for the first time in many years, Executive Director of the Association of Russian Tour Operators Maya Lomidze said on Wednesday. 18 Jul 2018
Over 90% of Russians Rooted for National Team at 2018 FIFA World Cup - Poll

Over 90% of Russians Rooted for National Team at 2018 FIFA World Cup - Poll

MOSCOW, July 18 (Sputnik) - More than 90 percent of Russians supported their national team at the FIFA World Cup, which came to a close on Sunday, a poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center revealed on Wednesday. 18 Jul 2018
Russians Say National Team's Stars Akinfeev, Dzyuba Best Players at World Cup - Poll

Russians Say National Team's Stars Akinfeev, Dzyuba Best Players at World Cup - Poll

MOSCOW, July 18 (Sputnik) - Russians consider their national team’s goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev and forward Artem Dzyuba to be the best players of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center revealed on Wednesday. 18 Jul 2018
Over 70% of Russians Watched FIFA World Cup Games on TV - Poll

Over 70% of Russians Watched FIFA World Cup Games on TV - Poll

MOSCOW, July 18 (Sputnik) - Over 70 percent of Russians watched TV broadcasts of the FIFA World Cup, which came to an end on Sunday, a poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center revealed on Wednesday. 18 Jul 2018
Over 20,000 Football Fans Went on Free Guided Tours of Moscow During FIFA World Cup

Over 20,000 Football Fans Went on Free Guided Tours of Moscow During FIFA World Cup

MOSCOW, July 18 (Sputnik) - More than 20,000 football fans took free guided tours around Moscow during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Moscow mayor's office said on Wednesday. 18 Jul 2018
Gomez Quits as Panama Head Coach After Guiding Team to First FIFA World Cup Finals

Gomez Quits as Panama Head Coach After Guiding Team to First FIFA World Cup Finals

MOSCOW, July 18 (Sputnik) - Hernan Gomez announced his resignation as Panama head coach on Tuesday night after having led the team to their first-ever FIFA World Cup finals. 18 Jul 2018
World Cup Final third most popular match among Russian viewers

World Cup Final third most popular match among Russian viewers

The 2018 FIFA World Cup final between France and Croatia was the third most viewed game during the tournament on television by Russians, which was equivalent to 53.9 percent of the country's population, Mediascope research company said on Tuesday. 18 Jul 2018
US fans biggest spenders at World Cup

US fans biggest spenders at World Cup

US football fans spent 5.6 billion rubles (around AUS$122m) during the FIFA World Cup in Russia, which is the highest total among all of the foreign visitors, a survey conducted by Russia's largest bank Sberbank revealed. 18 Jul 2018
Foreign fans spent around $1.5b in Russia during World Cup - Russia's Sberbank

Foreign fans spent around $1.5b in Russia during World Cup - Russia's Sberbank

Foreign football fans spent around $1.5 billion (more than AUS$2billion) in the European part of Russia during the 2018 FIFA Word Cup, a survey conducted by Russia's largest bank Sberbank revealed on Tuesday. 18 Jul 2018
Qatar to make use of Russia World Cup experience

Qatar to make use of Russia World Cup experience

Qatar has learned how to properly organise the 2022 FIFA World Cup from Russia's successful experience hosting the tournament this summer, Qatari Minister of Municipality and the Environment Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi said. 18 Jul 2018
Suarez world’s best striker - Ignashevich

Suarez world’s best striker - Ignashevich

Former Russia defender Sergei Ignashevich said one of his most memorable matches of this summer's FIFA World Cup was against Uruguay and that striker Luis Suarez is arguably the best player in the world. 18 Jul 2018