Philip Barker: World Cup 2018 the latest chapter in the history of Russian football

2017/12/16 17:21:14

If it is anything like the last global sporting extravaganza held in Russia, next year's FIFA World Cup will be the most political tournament since 1934 when Italian dictator Benito Mussolini presided over the action.

 

 


By Philip Barker for Inside the Games, Dec 15, 2017

 

Despite a lifetime ban from the Olympics, Vitaly Mutko [pictured] will, as it stands, remain in charge of the biggest sporting event of 2018.

 

If it is anything like the last global sporting extravaganza held in Russia, next year's FIFA World Cup will be the most political tournament since 1934 when Italian dictator Benito Mussolini presided over the action.

 

Next year's competition falls on the 60th anniversary of Mother Russia's first appearance at the World Cup finals. In those days, the country was known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or USSR.

 

They were absent from Olympic and World Cup competitions before the Second World War at the behest of their Government, but it was football which paved the way for a grand re-entry.

 

The game had actually been introduced to Russia by overseas workers at the turn of the 20th century.

 

In fact, the Orekhovo-Zuyevo textile mills advertised for engineers, mechanics and clerks who were "capable of playing football well".

 

A Russian team even took part in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics but they did not progress beyond the first round.

 

Football survived the Russian Revolution with a twist. In the early 1920s, it was not sufficient simply to win the matches. Teams were also graded with "factors" such as lateness, discipline on the field and sporting conduct.

 

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