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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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Mesut Özil walks away from Germany team citing ‘racism and disrespect’

 Özil attacks DFB president Reinhard Grindel in statement 

 ‘I am German when we win, an immigrant when we lose’

Mesut Özil was part of the Germany team that was eliminated from the World Cup at the group stage in Russia

Reuters (July 22) – Mesut Özil has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect, the midfielder hitting out at what he perceived to be unfair discrimination surrounding his meeting with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in May.

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Bach meets Putin at World Cup Final and claims Russian sport should be brought back into fold

Russian President Vladimir Putin, seen here meeting Thomas Bach, has claimed myths about the country have collapsed during the FIFA World Cup ©Getty Images

By MICHAEL PAVITT

(July 15) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on the success of the FIFA World Cup and claimed it was time to bring “Russian sport fully back into the international sports community” following the Sochi 2014 doping scandal.

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I’ve got some things to say

The Player’s Tribune has published a series of first person life stories of footballers competing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. One of the more compelling is that of ROMELU LUKAKU, the outstanding Belgian striker. Something he says struck a chord, reminiscent of the Canadian media’s attitude towards world class sprinter Ben Johnson in the 1980s. When things were going well for him, we read articles calling him Ben Johnson, the Canadian champion. After he had been incriminated with steroids, they called him Ben Johnson, the immigrant from Jamaica.

Sam Robles | The Players’ Tribune

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Who is singing now?

By TONY SEED

(July 11, revised July 19) – The world has been saved from an England-France Brexit final at the 2018 World Cup, renditions of “Three Lions” and “Rule Britannia” in the stadiums, and the tsunami of British chauvinism unashamedly embraced by the Canadian media.

What goes around, comes around. The dodgy English threw their final match in the opening round with Belgium back on June 28 with the pretext of resting players and avoiding injuries for the Round of 16. “Sometimes, you have to make decisions with the bigger picture, and that’s what I did tonight,” rationalized head coach Gareth Southgate at the time – as if the decision was his and his alone. That “bigger picture” seems to have included getting a better draw in the knockout stage, that is, to avoid Brazil and therein build the size of the betting pool, the TV market, the revenues of the English Football Association, and a “hearts and minds” diversion from the Brexit crisis at home – giving a new definition to match fixing and a level playing field. Such are the elastic ethics of England.  Continue reading

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A World Cup without immigrants? Here’s what the teams would look like without them

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Denmark’s team, including the Ugandan-born Pione Sisto, poses before a friendly match with Sweden. Stockholm, Sweden. June 2, 2018. | Reuters

(teleSur) – Football is played everywhere by everyone.

People migrate for different reasons. Some leave their country of origin due to economic conditions, others flee violence, and some get contracts with football clubs. Finding a European team without immigrants is difficult and these players, often some of the world’s best, often leave their countries of origin at an early age in the hope of securing better opportunities, which tell us something about how the world actually works. Continue reading

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SAFA President: Too many foreigners in African World Cup teams

  • Africa was the worst-performing continent with all five representatives exiting at the group stages.

    Africa was the worst-performing continent with all five representatives exiting at the group stages | Reuters

“We need to revisit the issue of awarding citizenship… Morocco had four Spanish-born players… four of Dutch heritage and five who were born in France.”

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