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Lenin Mausoleum, one of biggest attractions at the 2018 World Cup

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Lenin is now alive more than ever. Foreign fans at the World Cup 2018 waited in giant lines to visit the Lenin Mausoleum.

One of the main attractions for fans at the World Cup 2018 was Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow. The editor-in-chief of the Maxim Gorky film studio, Andrei Apostolov, published a photo of a huge line of visitors, which stretched along Red Square on the days of the 2018 World Cup.

The fact that thousands of fans wanted to visit the Mausoleum, Apostolov writes on Facebook:

“While the ‘morning paints a gentle light onto the walls of the ancient Kremlin’, several thousand foreign football fans lined up in a winding queue to visit the recumbent Ilyich … Such a pilgrimage Red Square probably has not seen for half a century … (A frame from the window of the Historical Museum does not at all convey the real dimensions of the disaster, for the people of darkness). According to the staff of the museum, this is the way it has been every day,” he wrote.

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A final for all time, sacrificed on the altar of the modern game

That is what soccer has become: an entertainment complex squabbled over by fiefs and autocrats, a way of exerting soft power and measuring importance that is worth almost any price, a circus paid for in bread | RORY SMITH

Tens of thousands of River Plate fans who bought tickets for last week’s Copa Libertadores final now will be prevented from seeing it in person | Marcos Brindicci/Reuters Continue reading

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European football economics: Transfer fees go crazy

An Adidas soccer ball on the field prior to the 2018 MLS All Star Game between the MLS All-Stars and Juventus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has apparently discovered who is to blame for the recent surge in prices on the football transfer market. “If prices are inflated then the fault lies with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain,” he told German magazine Merkur. Continue reading

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Football For a Buck: How Donald Trump quarterbacked the USFL into a collapse

Doug Flutie poses with New Jersey Generals head coach Walt Michaels, left, and the Generals’ owner, Donald Trump. Trump tried to get other USFL owners to help cover Flutie’s salary.

(October 24) – Earlier this week, U.S. president Donald Trump invented a story about passing a 10 per cent tax cut for middle class Americans within the next week, even though Congress, which would have to approve the move, is out of session. He and his spokesperson also implied terrorists from the Middle East were infiltrating a caravan of Honduran migrants walking north through Mexico, toward the U.S. Continue reading

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FIFA suspends Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub for ‘inciting violence’

Turning truth on its head, FIFA gives year-long suspension after Mr Rajoub allegedly called on “football fans to target the Argentinian Football Association and burn jerseys of Lionel Messi.”

Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub

Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub

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Real Madrid hosts Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian teen jailed for slapping IDF soldier

The 17-year-old received a personalized soccer jersey from the team in a visit to the Spanish capital | UZI DANN

2018.09.28.Ahed Tamimi, centre, receiving a Real Madrid soccer jersey from Emilio Butragueño

Ahed Tamimi, centre, receiving a Real Madrid soccer jersey from Emilio Butragueño

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Transfer cost to assemble the squad: Manchester City at the top

Manchester City has spent almost €1 billion in transfer indemnities to sign its present squad members (add-ons included). This obscene figure is the highest figure ever measured for a football team. The CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post presents the data for all of the big-5 league teams in Europe.

Seven English Premier League teams are in the 11 top positions of the table. The biggest increase compared to last year was measured for Liverpool (from €437M to €704M). The Spanish giants (Barcelona and Real Madrid), Juventus and Paris St-Germain (2nd overall) are the only non-English teams in the top 11. The best-ranked German Bundesliga club, Bayern Munich, is 12th.

Total transfer expenditure to make up the squad for clubs from the five major European leagues went constantly up during the last decade. In 2010, a big-5 league had spent on average €67M to sign its squad members. In 2018, this figure reached a new record high of €161M. During the same period, the amounts invested to assemble the squad by English Premier League clubs went up from €126M to €326M.

The Premier League, whose member clubs are owned by financial oligarchs, currently has the highest percentage of foreign players of any league in the world, at 69.2 per cent.

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