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Russia's interest in football at an all-time low, according to poll

Despite being named host of the 2018 World Cup, Russia's interest in football has fallen to an all-time low.

MOSCOW -- Even as Russia prepares to host the 2018 World Cup, football's popularity there is plummeting to record levels.

According to figures released Monday by state-run pollster VTsIOM, 73 percent of Russians say they are "indifferent" to football, the highest proportion the pollster has ever recorded. The figure was only 43 percent 10 years ago.

Just eight percent of Russians said they were dedicated football fans, halved from 16 percent ahead of last year's World Cup in Brazil.

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FIFA mum on Sepp Blatter's Women's World Cup travel plans

Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter could be interviewed by Swiss authorities investigating potential fraud surrounding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Switzerland's attorney general said his investigation into possible money laundering incidents relating to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests would not exclude interviewing FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Secretary-General Jerome Valcke.
The ESPN FC crew respond to reports that Sepp Blatter is considering running for FIFA president again, while Shaka Hislop is not surprised in the least bit.

With one week to go, FIFA would not confirm whether Sepp Blatter will attend the Women's World Cup Final in Canada following dual investigations into the sport's governing body by U.S. and Swiss justice authorities.

Blatter would normally attend the final and hand over the trophy to the captain of the winning team but FIFA will not confirm whether he or secretary general Jerome Valcke will attend.

A FIFA spokesperson said: "In terms of the FIFA president and the FIFA secretary general, their future...

Russia boss Fabio Capello avoids sack after ExCo meeting

Russia's inability to capitalise on their chances allowed Austria to secure a 1-0 win, courtesy of Marc Janko's acrobatic finish.

MOSCOW --Fabio Capello survived a crucial meeting of the Russian Football Union's executive committee on Wednesday amid widespread speculation the national coach would be fired, but he still faces talks on his future.

Capello's future with the 2018 World Cup host team has been in jeopardy after poor results, including a 1-0 loss to Austria this month that left Russia in danger of failing to qualify for the 2016 European Championship.

That led to calls for him to be fired, with Russia's former FIFA...

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Alisher Usmanov loans Russia more cash for Fabio Capello wages

Russia's inability to capitalise on their chances allowed Austria to secure a 1-0 win, courtesy of Marc Janko's acrobatic finish.
Fabio Capello is contracted to Russia until after the 2018 World Cup.

Alisher Usmanov said he has loaned the Russian Football Union (RFU) a further 300 million roubles (£3.5 million) to pay wages owed to national team coach Fabio Capello.

Arsenal shareholder Usmanov said in February that he had loaned the RFU 400 million roubles after the Russia boss went without pay for over six months.

The billionaire said he has now made a further loan to ensure Capello, who signed a lucrative contract extension in January 2014, receives the money he is owed.

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Russia cuts budget for 2018 World Cup by over $500 million

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains that a revote could be in the works for the Russia and Qatar World Cups.

MOSCOW -- Russia has slashed over $500 million from its official budget for the 2018 World Cup after cutting spending on hotels and infrastructure.

The government is curbing most areas of public spending as the economy contracts due to the low oil price.

An order signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and published on Monday cut the total World Cup budget by 29.2 billion rubles ($544 million) to 631.5 billion rubles ($11.8 billion).

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko revealed in April that the government...