The hosts have been left with a herd of white elephants. Stanislav Krasilnikov / TASS Months after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the stadiums built for the tournament had already started to decay. It wasn’t just venues in the country’s furthest reaches that were crumbling. Even the $500-million Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro seemed to be coming apart at the seams. Now with Russia’s World Cup finally over, the fate of the country’s massive infrastructure investments is in the spotlight. How will cities that don’t have major football clubs be able to fill the massive stadiums, and how will regional governments operating on shoestring budgets cope with the enormous maintenance costs? Little leagueRussia spent an estimated $3.4 billion on constructing nine new stadiums from scratch and renovating three others, in addition to building 96 training grounds, which will reportedly be passed on to youth teams after the tournament, according to … [Read more...] about What Will Russia Do With Its Giant World Cup Stadiums?
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Africa 19 July 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-44885923 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel US-based South African comedian Trevor Noah has defended himself after being criticised by a French diplomat for saying "Africa won the World … [Read more...] about Noah defends Africa World Cup joke
Eric Weinberger 19 July 2018 8:55 AM 19 July 2018 8:55 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Every four years, when the World Cup ends, I make a promise to follow the players I’ve come to know, or the ones I’d forgotten about for four years, until the next tournament; but I never do. It’s not that following the Premier League, the Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga, or Ligue 1 is difficult, even in the United States: matches for all these leagues are on television each week. Instead, I glance briefly at the scores in the Monday papers. When the Champions League reaches the semifinals in spring, I pay slightly more attention, and might look back to see who were the losing quarterfinalists. But when it’s always the same teams by now, who can keep track of whether it’s Juventus or Chelsea that Real Madrid is playing? Finally, in May, I’ll watch the two Finals, the FA Cup and Champions League, on TV. … [Read more...] about The World Cup is the only football that matters
I covered France’s victory in the World Cup final, then fell asleep in my Moscow Airbnb listening to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” booming out from the French embassy’s party across the road. The French team had adopted the song, known chiefly in the Anglo world as a gay anthem, in 1998. After they won France’s first World Cup, it became a sort of footballing “Marseillaise”. The day after the country’s latest victory, I flew back home to Paris, where I’ve lived somewhat accidentally since 2002. The city was recovering from a good weekend: first Bastille Day, the national party at which some unfeasible proportion of French people meet their future spouse at a fireman’s ball; then winning the World Cup; followed by the city’s emptying for the long French summer holiday. The last time I saw Paris this happy was the night France won the final in 1998. Back then, people were predicting that the multiracial … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight A victorious World Cup team made in the multiracial Paris banlieues
This was the moment campaigners fighting to bring the world cup to Doncaster got up close to the prize. The team behind the borough's bid to host matches in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup got within touching distance of the trophy that will be handed out at the end of the tournament, which is due to be held in England.Doncaster is one of a number of towns which will be bidding to host matches during the high profile tournament.And the borough sent a delegation to the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate to raise awareness of their efforts, which is supported by the Free Press' Rugby League World Cup 2021: Touch Down in Doncaster campaign.Carl Hall, chief executive of Doncaster rugby league club, who is involved in the bid and was part of the group in Harrogate, said: "We were delighted to secure the trophy being on display at the Great Yorkshire Show to complement the Visit Doncaster stand and our back the bid campaign. We would also like to thank Sir Gary Verity and the Welcome to … [Read more...] about Doncaster team gets up close to the World Cup