Russia expects up to one million tourists for 2018 FIFA World Cup


My main focus has been Cameroun and Germany.

Sochi is a beach-front stadium which is easily accessible on foot if staying in the resort of Adler - less so if staying in Sochi, which is a 35 minute drive away. Alexey Sorokin, chief executive of the Organising Committee for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, in an exclusive interview with Samindra Kunti talks about the learnings from the tournament, Russia's expectations for 2018, and his bid for a seat on FIFA's Council.

For the Camerounian team the Confederations Cup provides an excellent opportunity to build up their team and amass useful playing time against high level opposition as preparation for the do-or-die match against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The deputy energy minister noted that Russia had resorted to this practice during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as well as the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. VAR technology was given a trial run on the international stage, the revamped venues have tested extra security measures and the host cities' suitability to welcome thousands of foreign football fans has been laid bare. "Fan terminology is very strange!" he said. Armoured riot police were a common sight outside stadia on matchdays, but despite the ever-visible presence, it did not feel intimidating or over-bearing. Five members of that group were part of the squad at the Confederations Cup. "We showed once again how welcoming our fans are", he went on to add. It also generally enjoys the support of retailers. The Confederation Cup is a big booster for the Cameroun. "ABS-3A satellite offers full time video services of sports and news content in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as ad hoc services complementing existing full-time capacity arrangements".

Chilean national broadcaster will also use the Eclipse digital matrix system with IP-enabled V-Series intercom user panels for next year's FIFA World Cup in Russia.

That's why I have been watching the Camerounians closely in Russia.

A truly intriguing match beckons in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in August.

'These tests are not done in Russia, ' he said.

FIFA has said that it was still investigating the allegation that footballers were among the 1,000-plus athletes mentioned in the McLaren report.

FIFA said the system corrected six game-changing decisions during the Confederations Cup.

"We have the report from WADA but we are not supposed to be disclosing any names", FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura said Wednesday, in Kazan for the Portugal vs. Chile semifinal. Getting to the finals was no longer good enough for them.

A new regulation making it easier to purchase alcohol in Russia goes into effect today. Germany also sent a strong team to the Under-20 World Cup, which was eventually won by England. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.

If Russia has one seemingly insurmountable problem ahead of 2018, it is the country's failing football team. But after quite a few hours of waiting, it was announced that Maradona was unable to come. They got the best out of themselves.

It dispelled many stereotypes and many fears of people who were initially hesitant about coming here.