The Russia Cup is a Russian football competition started in 1992 by the Football Union of Russia. It includes clubs from the Russian Premier League, First Division, Second Division, and amateur clubs. First Division sides start the competition in the 1/32 stage, and Premier League sides start the competition in the1/16 stage. The Russia Cup usually starts in April, and ends in May the following year.
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Russia's 2018 World Cup budget cut by 10%
Russia's budget for staging the 2018 World Cup has been cut by 10 percent, the country's sports minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday. "In terms of how much money we have, just like all departments, our programmes will face a 10 percent cut," the ...
Hugo Almeida signs for Russia's Kuban
MOSCOW — Russia's Kuban Krasnodar says it has signed Portugal striker Hugo Almeida after he was released by Serie A side Cesena. Almeida, who has 19 goals in 56 games for Portugal and played at last year's World Cup, recently left an Italian ...
FIFA president Sepp Blatter joins election race (with video)
GENEVA — Beating the entry deadline by hours on Thursday, Sepp Blatter formally joined a FIFA presidential contest he is widely expected to win. Blatter published a low-key message on Twitter confirming an expected bid to extend his scandal-scarred, ...
Can a Soccer Star Best Remembered for a Shampoo Ad Save FIFA?
Probably the nadir of FIFA's recent existence came in 2010, when the agency awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 event to Qatar. Qatar's ... In 2012, FIFA commissioned former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia to investigate the charges, but ...
Putin reassures Blatter that Russia can host 2018 World Cup
... Kubok Sodruzhestva (Commonwealth Cup) youth soccer tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he has received personal assurances from Russian President Vladimir Putin that the country's economic ...
South Korea present case for better defence
South Korea leaked six goals from three games in Brazil, despite being placed in arguably the easiest of eight groups, and were mercifully sent home with just a point following a draw against Russia and defeats to Algeria and Belgium. Their darkest ...
Mancini wants Toure reunion
He has been in leagues in Belgium, Russia, Spain and England. ... Mancini remains proud of his achievements at City, having helped the club end a 35-year trophy drought by winning the 2011 FA Cup and then following up with first league title in 44 years.
Mexico face summer depth challenges
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El Tri head coach Miguel "Piojo" Herrera is adamant that he has enough depth at his disposal to achieve the goals set by the Mexican federation on Tuesday and reach the semifinals of June's Copa America in Chile and then win the Gold Cup in July in the ...