Browse Month: January 2016

Russia is Ahead of World Cup Schedule

According to the Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, Russia is doing a superb job in their preparations for the impending World Cup as all the preparations of the country have earned praise from the football governing authority FIFA as they are constantly checking up on how things are going and a lot of the big projects that needed to be done have already been completed.

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“FIFA is annually evaluating the work of the organizing committees on its 10-point system. We were graded 12 for our work in 2015. The advanced grade was awarded for our ahead-of-schedule work. We have completed the projects concepts concerning security, communications and transportation.”

Back in 2013 the Russian government adopted a special program, which included about 300 facilities. They are all currently under construction paid for by the federal budget. In addition we have added up approximately the same amount of regional infrastructure facilities” Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko announced to

These preparation stages are hugely important and from the looks of it, Russia is doing a fine job so far and it’s important to take into consideration that Brazil was the former host of the World Cup and the South American country struggled trying to keep up with the construction deadlines that were imposed by FIFA.

Back in December of 2013, there were a number of stadiums that were supposed to have been built in Brazil but due to a number of problems that emerged, they weren’t constructed in time. At the end of it all, the South American country managed to complete all their main stadiums but this was a huge hassle that Brazil had to overcome.

This however, doesn’t appear to be an issue with Russia as they are proving why they are the deserving nation of hosting this enormous scale event.

Everton’s failure to win for a third successive game

Everton’s failure to win for a third successive game has left the team 10th in the table.

The latest disappointment came in the match against Norwich. Even though striker Romelu Lukaku score yet again in the Premier League, the club were unable to take advantage of his goals. Conceding just into the second-half from a set piece meant that Everton have dropped two more points. Only a few weeks ago, things look extremely promising for Everton and Roberto Martinez. They looked like being capable of finishing in the European spots.

Martinez says that the team will have to different set pieces a lot better if they are to finish in the top six at the very least. The poor defensive record of the team from the set pieces is rather surprising given that they have some of the best headers of the ball. John Stones was kept at the club under huge pressure from Chelsea and he was delivering very well at the start of the season. However, central defenders have tended to go on a poor run of form and this appears to be one of them. Stones is likely to once again come under interest from Chelsea in January. If his poor form continues, Everton may consider selling him.

“We have been a really strong defensive unit but we have let ourselves be a little soft in defensive work from dead-ball situations.It is something that we want to fix and be better. It is an area of any game that is going to be very important in determining the scoreline.We have had a lot of injuries throughout the season as any team has but I thought we coped really, really well. The young players showed a terrific attitude and personality to step in and do a really good job,” said Martinez.


Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has confirmed that he has no intentions of allowing striker Radamel Falcao to leave the club in January. The Colombian international has once again failed to succeed in the Premier league.


After a disappointing campaign with Manchester United last time around, Falcao once again moved back to the English league one loan deal with Chelsea.

Even though his supporters will claim that he has not been offered enough opportunities, a return of just one league goal in 214 minutes of action certainly does not justify the huge wages that Chelsea are shelling out for him.

Speculation has arose that Hiddink will look for a new forward in the upcoming January transfer window in order to replace Falcao, who may return to Monaco earlier than scheduled.

The 29-year-old has never recovered from the anterior cruciate ligament injury that he suffered a couple of years ago. His attempts to quickly recover for the World Cup 2014 have only made the situation worse. Falcao has been one of the players blamed for the poor form that Chelsea are experiencing. Other strikers like Loic Remy and Diego Costa have also not done well this season.

Falcao was one of just a handful of star strikers who has been given odds of less than evens to be the next goalscorer on the StanJames live betting platform, but has struggled for form of late. Hiddink still believes in him though.

Hiddink also claims that he will not look forward to making wholesale changes to the team in January. “[On Falcao staying] I think so and I hope so. With Falcao or another player, generally I hope everybody stays and nobody comes. I hope we go until the end and in January we will be in a different situation.”

“Our performance during the season in the Premier League is not good enough and I think if the club gives me a handful of players it is like taking a little bit of responsibility out of us and saying we need a bit extra to reach our objectives,” said Hiddink.