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Spartak statues show how football can be more than life and death

Those who've watched matches at Moscow's Spartak Stadium - Brazil play Serbia there on June 27 - might have noticed a set of four statues next to the goalpost on the left of the dugouts. It's of four men; two are sitting on a bench, two standing next to them. It's an unusual setting for a monument - right by the playing area, taking up precious real estate reserved for photographers.

But this is no ordinary monument: It's a tribute to the Starostin brothers - Nikolai, Aleksandr, Andrey and Pyotr...

Russia's four World Cup players to watch: Golovin, Zobnin, Kuzyaev, Miranchuk

As the host nation, all eyes will be on Russia. The home side at the World Cup has never lost an opening match, so can Cherchesov's men keep the tradition going?
Martin Ainstein undergoes an unforgettable experience in Moscow as he visits the Russian Cosmonaut Training Center during his tour of World Cup host cities.
Martin Ainstein's tour of World Cup host cities continues in Kaliningrad, where he boards the B413 Russian submarine in the Baltic Sea.

World Cup hosts Russia are approaching the tournament in the wake of some truly shambolic preparations.

Fans are pessimistic, and there is a fear that Stanislav Cherchesov's side will join South Africa and become the second World Cup hosts to fail to qualify from their group. Not everything is bleak though. While defence is their most problematic area, Cherchesov has numerous rising midfielders at his disposal.

Here are four youngsters who could save Russia this summer.

1. Aleksandr Golovin, CSKA...

Spartak Moscow, Zenit St. Petersburg fined for fans' racist chants

Spartak Moscow.

Spartak Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg have both been fined for racist chants by their fans, the latest such incident in World Cup host nation Russia.

Spartak's fans were accused of aiming monkey chants at FC Tosno player Nuno Rocha, who is black, while some Zenit supporters allegedly chanted a Nazi slogan during a league game.

The clubs must each pay a 100,000-ruble ($1,600) fine, and Spartak has been hit with a partial stadium closure for its next cup game, state news agency RIA Novosti quotes...

FIFA approves Sergei Eremenko's switch from Finland to Russia

Sergei Eremenko

FIFA has cleared teenage midfielder Sergei Eremenko to play for Russia at the World Cup by approving his change of national eligibility from Finland.

A request by the Russian Football Union was approved on Monday, FIFA said.

The 19-year-old Eremenko was born in Russia and currently plays on loan at Spartak Moscow. His father, Alexei, has Finnish citizenship after playing and coaching there for much of his career.

Sergei Eremenko represented Finland at youth level, following his elder brothers Alexei...

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FA, Kick It Out slam UEFA over response to Rhian Brewster's racial abuse case

The Football Association and Kick It Out have both expressed disappointment at UEFA's decision not to impose any punishment over a racism allegation made by Liverpool teenager Rhian Brewster.

No action will be taken against Spartak Moscow's Leonid Mironov after UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary arm determined there was insufficient evidence he had used discriminatory language toward Brewster, 17, in a UEFA Youth League game in December.

Anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out said that conclusion...