What Does Gianni Infantino’s Presidency Mean for Russia?

On Friday the 26th of February, FIFA elected a new president. After two close rounds of voting, Gianni Infantino from UEFA won the race ahead of Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa from Bahrain. The voting was anonymous, and it is therefore impossible to say with certainty who Russia voted for, but there is no doubt that Russia were on good terms with both of the main candidates. Like most of Europe, Vitaly Mutko (pictured above), the Russian sports minister and president of the Russian … [Read more...]

Five Things We Learned From The Winter Break

1. Dzyuba Remains an Enigma to (Most) Coaches in Russia   After the diabolical showing in Brazil last summer, the real Russian sport of dishing out recriminations began. The common theme, not entirely unjustified, seemed to be that the players just didn't show enough desire, especially given the relatively unchallenging group. Fabio Capello has an excellent record as an international manager in qualifiers, but just doesn't seem able to inspire the cohesion necessary to take … [Read more...]

Why Russia SHOULD Host the 2018 World Cup

Ever since Russia won the 2018 World Cup bid it has been surrounded by controversy. With recent political events this has become even bigger news and many have even suggested that Russia should be stripped of the right to host the World Cup in 2018. The other side of the argument that rarely gets heard is why Russia should host the World Cup. The recent crisis in Ukraine has brought Russia and Eastern Europe under the microscope. However, this has been largely in a negative light and now this … [Read more...]