The Russian Railways company offers free transportation between the host cities to football fans carrying both a FAN ID and a match ticket during the World Cup. “We plan [to organize] the free transportation of over 440,000 passengers. As of today, more than 67,000 tickets have been booked,” the company’s CEO Oleg Belozerov said in a statement. According to the statement, the company is working on creating comfortable conditions for passengers, with thousands of staff being trained to accommodate needs of foreign tourists and people with limited mobility. READ MORE: Putin Urges to Ensure Safety of Fans, Athletes at Football World Cup The company also intends to launch 728 extra trains, running to 31 destinations, while deploying new high-speed Strizh and Lastochka trains, the statement added. A total of 31 train stations in 11 Russian cities are awaiting … [Read more...] about Football Fans Booked Over 67,000 Free Tickets to 2018 World Cup Cities
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TOKYO (AP) — Three years into his second stint living in Japan, Peter Musgrave takes his young son to a park in central Tokyo and sees people throwing around a rugby ball. “It’s chalk and cheese to when I first lived here,” the 40-year-old Musgrave says. Back in those days, from 2006-12, the bank worker from England barely noticed rugby in the Japanese capital unless he “went out to a foreigner bar to watch a game.” The Brave Blossoms, as Japan’s national team is affectionately called, were conceding nearly 100 points in games against the sport’s major powers. The thought of an audience of around 55 million — representing close to half the population — watching on TV as Japan won a rugby match with breathtaking skill to power into the quarterfinals at a home Rugby World Cup would have been consigned to the realms of fantasy. Yet that’s what happened in this 2019 global showpiece, the first Rugby World Cup to be held in … [Read more...] about Japan excels as World Cup host, must ride the rugby wave
As Patrice Evra stormed from the training pitch and his teammates hid behind the curtains of their team bus, winning the World Cup seemed a very long way away. Any semblance of togetherness had evaporated – not for the first time. France have long been blessed with talent but rarely harmony, as shown by the debacle in South Africa in 2010. Didier Deschamps recognised this when he came into the job in 2012 and, throughout his six years in charge, he has placed the importance of squad harmony above nearly everything else. Anyone who threatens that unity is cast out immediately. France have won the World Cup because of their talent but also because Deschamps’ devotion to spirit has allowed their talent to flourish. France’s trip to South Africa in 2010 was catastrophic. Florent Malouda was left out of the drab, goalless opener with Uruguay after he had squared up to the obdurate and often incomprehensible coach Raymond Domenech; the French Football Federation expelled … [Read more...] about Liberté, égalité, diversity: how France won the World Cup
Email By Offsiders columnist Richard Hinds Updated September 06, 2019 13:58:02 Video: Boomers beat Lithuania at FIBA World Cup (Pic: AP) (ABC News) Related Story: Boomers survive a scare to win World Cup opener against Canada Related Story: Boomers make history with first win over Team USA Related Story: 'Joke's on me': Russell Crowe hits out over $1,500 seats at Boomers-USA clash in Melbourne Related Story: Basketball promoter offers refunds over Boomers v Team USA advertising Map: China The title "Australia's Team" is somewhat fatuous.In a country with such fortuitously diverse sporting tastes, some defined by distinct regional affiliations, the crown has rested occasionally and even simultaneously with a number of teams wearing fashion-resistant green and gold tracksuits. Cricket's national appeal might mean the all-conquering women's team are now the national flag bearer or, as unlikely as it might have seemed just a few months ago, the men's version could again be … [Read more...] about The Boomers are set to assume the mantle of Australia’s Team with strong FIBA World Cup showing
Email By Simon Smale Posted August 22, 2019 05:39:54 Photo: Neither Ben Simmons (25) nor Kyle Lowry (7) will play for their respective nations at the World Cup. (Reuters: Dan Hamilton/USA Today, file) Related Story: Ben Simmons' participation at Basketball World Cup in doubt, says agent Related Story: Is the criticism of Ben Simmons's playoff performances fair? Related Story: NBA's Ben Simmons reportedly set to sign richest deal offered to an Australian athlete Map: Australia If you're heading to Docklands or settling down to watch this evening expecting to see a bevy of household names from the NBA take to the court, you may be disappointed.The mighty United States Basketball Team have travelled Down Under to take on Australia's Boomers in the first of two pre-World Cup matches at Melbourne's Docklands on Thursday, but will do so with a team filled largely with players unknown to anyone who is not an NBA aficionado.Even Australia's highest profile — and newly … [Read more...] about Boomers vs USA: Why are all the NBA superstars staying away from the FIBA World Cup in China?