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Chechnya proposes holding some separate matches of the Football WorldCup 2018 in Grozny, where a sports complex with a stadium for 30,000people will open next year, RIA Novosti reports.Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov also said that football is popular inthe republic. He added that thousands of children and teenagers may beinvolved with football teams at all levels.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the Emir of Qatar have had atelephone conversation and agreed to unite efforts in organizing theworld football championships in 2018 and 2022, RIA Novosti reports,citing the press-secretary of Medvedev, Natalya Timakova.Medvedev made the call from Krasnaya Polyana, where Russia and Italyare holding inter-state consultations.

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According to preliminary estimates, the 2018 Football World Cup willcost Russia from 200 to 300 billion rubles. These sums excludeexpenses on infrastructure, Russian Vice-Premier and Minister ofFinances Alexey Kudrin said, RIA Novosti reports. This Thursday Russia won the right to host the 2018 Football World Cupin the second round of voting, receiving the majority of votes ofFIFA.

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Krasnodar Territory will have new sports facilities built for the 2018World Football Championship, the Governor of Kuban Alexander Tkachevsaid in an interview with ITAR-TASS.Russia will host the championship in 2018. The matches will be held inMoscow, Podolsk, Saint-Petersburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg,Samara, Yaroslavl, Nizhniy Novgorod, Saransk, Volgograd,Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar and Sochi.The cities will be split into clusters with centers in Moscow,Saint-Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi.

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Medvedev says Russia should prepare properly for the Football World Cup Russian president Dmitriy Medvedev is glad about the triumph of theRussian bid to hold WC-2018. He said that the country should prepare for this event properly and play in an appropriate manner, RIA Novostireports.Earlier, Russian prime-minister Vladimir Putin declared to journalists

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2018 Football World Cup will take place in Russia.

Russia was selected by the members of executive committee of FIFA to host the 2018 Football World Cup (WC-2018) on Thursday in Zürich, RIA Novosti reports. England and the joint applications of Portugal with Spain and Belgium with Holland as well as Russia contested to hold WC-2018. The fact that Russia was chosen to hold WC-2018 was announced by the head of FIFA, Sepp Blatter.

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The first Forum of Olympians, which was held on November 28 in Moscow, united legendary Soviet and Russian sportsmen, who met to remember the past successes of Russian teams and offer their recipe for victory at the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, RIA Novosti reports.

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The Russian National Football Team will play a friendly match with theIranian team on February 9, 2011, RIA Novosti reports, citing thePresident of the Russian Football Union, Sergey Fursenko.It will be the first game of 2011 for the Russian team, supervised byDick Advocaat, and will help prepare for the qualification games forthe European Championship 2012. On March 26 they will have their firstqualifier in Armenia.

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Sochi has won the right to hold the 40th general assembly of theEuropean Olympic Committees (EOC) in 2011, RIA Novosti reports,quoting the press service of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).The voting took place at the 39th general assembly of the EOC inBelgrade on Friday."We are delighted that Sochi will host the anniversary 40th generalassembly of the European Olympic Committees in 2011. Thecentury-anniversary of the Russian Olympic Committee will add aspecial solemnity and importance to this event. We are looking forward

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Dark week for "Spartak"

Over a few days Spartak Moscow lost two crucial games of the season against CSKA Moscow and Olympique Marseille.

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Sochi has started construction of a bobsleigh track, Yuga.ru reports.According to the press service of Olympstroy, workers have startedconstruction of a foundation for the track. The first grip has alreadybeen concreted.Olympstroy's press service said the company is working ondocumentation of the track and engineering calculations for the watersystem. The track will run from the Aigba Ridge near the village ofKrasnaya Polyana .

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The family of the late businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili have decidedto put the leading Georgian football team Dynamo Tbilisi up forsale. The family explained that its assets are frozen, and the clubneeds new investments, Georgia Online reports.

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The Armenian grand master Levon Aronyanhas won the World blitz championship, RIA Novosti reports, citing the website of the Russian Chess Federation.Aronyan scored 24.5 points and won the tournament in advance. Second place was taken by the Azerbaijani player Teimur Radzhabov (24 points), third - by Norwegian player Magnus Karlsen (23.5).

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By the end of this year, Sochi will complete the construction of 40%of its Olympic facilities, president of the state corporationOlimpstroy Taymuraz Bolloyev told the journalists at the unifiedinformation center of Sochi-2014, RIA Novosti reports.He said that over 39,000 people from 30 countries are involved inconstruction of the Olympic facilities.

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