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Russia to cut budget for 2018 World Cup amid economic woes

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will cut the budget for hosting the 2018 World Cup as part of plans to slash state expenditure while recession looms, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Thursday.

The Russian government is cutting its spending by 10 percent across the board after the central bank predicted last month that the economy could contract by between 4.5 and 4.7 percent this year, under pressure from low oil prices and international sanctions.

Mutko, who is a FIFA executive committee member, said in comments reported by the Tass news agency that World Cup stadiums and associated infrastructure would be exempt from the cuts. However, "various organizational issues" and "subsidies to the organizing committee" would be cut, he said, along with spending related to the draw ceremony.

Mutko did not provide specific figures, but suggested the 10-percent cuts would also apply to the non-exempt areas of World Cup spending.

Russia has already cut the capacity of two of its 12 World Cup stadiums from 45,000 to 35,000, citing financial and legacy reasons, but Mutko ruled out further shrinking of stadiums to save money, saying FIFA was unwilling to lose any more ticket revenue from hosting games in front of fewer fans.

"FIFA won't give us any more concessions and all the stadiums should be 45,000-capacity," he said. "The ticketing program has started, it's economics, it's FIFA's earnings. The fact that they lowered two of the stadiums to 35,000 people for us, according to their projections they already lost $60 million."

Mutko said that Russia's Industry and Trade Ministry had been tasked with gathering World Cup contractors for meetings at which they were encouraged to lower the price of concrete for tournament-related projects.

More than half of Russia's projected $9.6 billion World Cup spending will come from the federal government budget with much of the remaining sum paid for by Russian regional authorities and state-owned companies.

FIFA and the 2018 World Cup organizing committee did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

This month, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he had been assured by Russian President Vladimir Putin that economic problems would not affect the tournament.

AP

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2015/01/29/russia-to-cut-budget-for-2018-world-cup-amid-economic-woes/22514755/

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That's what they get for pretending to blackmail the world with the petrodollars. They might keep hosting the WC but I can already foresee a lot of issues on the preparations.

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FIFA forced Brazil to build 45,000 capacity stadiums in Manaus and Cuiaba, and is now allowing 35,000 seats in Rusia? Not even in South Africa they have reduced the capacity requirements.

Maybe they're already thinking of Qatar with 10,000 seats stadiums. Will still be difficult to fill the stadiums. Bring the spaniards!

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FIFA forced Brazil to build 45,000 capacity stadiums in Manaus and Cuiaba, and is now allowing 35,000 seats in Rusia? Not even in South Africa they have reduced the capacity requirements.

FIFA didn't force Brazil to build stadiums specifically in Manaus and Cuiaba, it ws the Brazilians themselves (=the corrupt Teixeira) who chose the venues with FIFA's requirements. Anyway, it is disappointing that Russia with its already minimum capacity stadiums is given permit of cutting the capacities even more. Even South Africa had bigger venues. Maybe Russia should have built fewer stadiums but made them larger.

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Well, in the current political climate, there may not be as many fans going as usual, so bigger venues might not be sold out anyway.

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I've also been wondering if smaller stadiums actually do make sense considering the possibility of reduced spectator attendance. It's not something I would hope for and wouldn't do any good for the atmosphere but may become reality.

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Yeah, Fifa shouldn't have let them make two of the Stadiums smaller. The requirements should have been kept.

Do remember that the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba has temporary upper tiers behind the goals, which can lower the Capacity to about 24,000 Seats. The same happened with the Arena Das Dunas in Natal, the upper tiers behind the goals were temporary, now the Capacity is about 31,000 Seats. So in some Stadiums, they did have temporary seats, knowing they weren't going to use 42,000 Seats. The only thing is, the Arena Pantanal hasn't removed the temporary seats like the Arena Das Dunas has.

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Like I said, all Russia had to do was add 10,000 Temporary Seats. They shouldn't be allowed to make the Stadium's smaller for the Fifa World Cup.

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

The executive confirmed the venues for the following matches:

- Opening match (14 June), second semi-final (11 July) and final (15 July) at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow

- First semi-final (10 July) and third-place match (14 July) in Saint Petersburg

2017 Condefederations Cup

...

approved the following venues for the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017:

- Saint Petersburg: opening match (17 June) and final (2 July)

- Kazan: first semi-final (28 June)

- Sochi: second semi-final (29 June)

- Moscow, Spartak Stadium: third-place match (2 July)

FIFA

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Construction workers at Russian World Cup stadium complain of not being paid

Labourers, many far from home, are owed thousands of roubles for working in inadequate conditions on the Zenit arena in St Petersburg

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/aug/31/construction-workers-russian-world-cup-2018-stadium-not-paid?CMP=twt_gu

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Well the Russian doping scandal has spilled into all areas now. As of today, Russia cannot host any sporting events that are run by Federations that operate under WADA. FIFA is WADA complainant. So Russia cannot host this tournament as things stand now.

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Well the Russian doping scandal has spilled into all areas now. As of today, Russia cannot host any sporting events that are run by Federations that operate under WADA. FIFA is WADA complainant. So Russia cannot host this tournament as things stand now.

Can they not host, or can they host and just not compete..... :wacko:

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OMG did the unimaginable just happen? Is Russia on the verge of actually losing the right to host the 2018 World Cup???

That would be amazing news! lol

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OMG did the unimaginable just happen? Is Russia on the verge of actually losing the right to host the 2018 World Cup???

That would be amazing news! lol

Don't get your hopes up. There will soon be a wonderful face-saving solution. By Rio 2016, it will be as if nothing has ever happened.

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Ticket prices for FIFA Confederations Cup and FIFA World Cup announced

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The ticket prices for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ were announced in Moscow today following a Local Organising Committee (LOC) board meeting with FIFA participation. As for the South Africa and Brazil FIFA World Cups held in 2010 and 2014, a special category has been reserved for residents of the host country, who will be able to apply for FIFA Confederations Cup Russia group-match tickets starting at RUB 960. At least 100,000 tickets will be available in this specific category 4 for the “Tournament of Champions”, taking place from 17 June to 2 July 2017. The remaining ticket categories are priced from USD 70 to 245.

For the 2018 FIFA World Cup, domestic residents will have access to at least 350,000 tickets in category 4, with prices starting from RUB 1,280. Tickets available to all football fans in the remaining categories will be on sale from 105 USD upwards.

“We wanted to make sure that we priced tickets fairly to make the events accessible to as many people as possible. We therefore conducted thorough market research and have priced the tickets accordingly. The teams that have qualified to date for the ‘Tournament of Champions’ promise a great football festival here in Russia next year,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, who was in Moscow for her first working visit to the hosts.

Ticket sales for fans wishing to attend the FIFA Confederations Cup will begin with a VISA exclusive pre-sales phase running from 8 to 17 November 2016. The first sales phase will then start on 1 December, five days after the Official Draw in Kazan.

Russia, Germany, Australia, Chile, Mexico and New Zealand have already qualified, while the winners of UEFA EURO 2016 – or the runners-up should world champions Germany win – are also guaranteed a spot. The eighth and final participant will be decided in January at the conclusion of the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, when the full Russia 2017 match schedule will be known.

For the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, fans will be able to apply not only for individual match tickets, but also for ticket series for a specific host city. As well as those two options, fans wishing to follow their country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup will also be able to apply for team-specific ticket series.

Fans will shortly find all relevant information, including the ticket price list and a FAQ document, on FIFA.com/tickets. To ensure that they do not miss out on anything, fans will also soon be able to sign up for ticketing information in the form of a newsletter.

Ticket sales for the FIFA World Cup will only begin after next year’s FIFA Confederations Cup. For both tournaments, tickets will be available for purchase by the general public exclusively on FIFA.com.

All prices for both tournaments can be found in the photo galleries among the related items.

Ticket details for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

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This is kinda interesting. Shame there aren't any images of them 

http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=tiger-wolf-and-cat-shortlisted-to-be-russia-2018-mascot-2764813.html

Sorry if this has been posted before

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The Mascot Will Be Launched This Fall, Don't Worry HartSarts We'll Get To That When The Date Is Announced.

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On 7/31/2016 at 6:25 AM, Hartsarts said:

This is kinda interesting. Shame there aren't any images of them 

http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=tiger-wolf-and-cat-shortlisted-to-be-russia-2018-mascot-2764813.html

Sorry if this has been posted before

The mascots is here!!

Please pick your mascots from : A) a cutesy cartoon tiger, B) a cutesy cartoon cat, or, C) a cutesy cartoon wolf.

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Well, while i'm afraid we're going to have a Zakumi 3.0, at least they didn't went for a Bear. That would had ben too predictable. Personally wise, I think I like the cat the most. The color scheme seems to fit the most with the brand of this WC and i like the star details on his fur, possibly referencing Russia relevance on the Space race.

In Facebook, seems like the wolf is taking the lead in the race by a big margin. 

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