Such a large-scale event as the World Cup, could not do without previous scandals and failures. Especially in Russia. Doing everything on time and without adventure is not about us.
Doping that would hardly help
The doping scandal was the main theme of the Olympics in Pyeongchang. Everyone knows this sad story: Russia was allowed to compete in an extremely truncated squad, and even deprived the flag and anthem. But in the English press in January this year also appeared materials that the Russian national football team plans to take dope during the home championship. Even earlier, the Daily Mail wrote that FIFA suspects 34 Russian players in taking banned drugs (23 of them were allegedly part of the bid for the 2014 World Cup). The head of the independent WADA commission, Richard McLaren, even spoke about a special system for concealing doping tests in Russian football.
The strings again led to the chief informant on the issue - the former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov. He promised revelations, but they did not happen. Although in the Western press and there were articles about the transfer of the World Cup from Russia, seriously it was not discussed. And all the players eventually turned out to be "clean". The absurdity of the situation is that there is no such miraculous cocktail that could radically change the situation for our team. "I'll just tell you: if we play on drugs, what will it be without doping?" Vitaly Mutko said, surprisingly.
By the way, the German journalist Hayo Zeppelt, who filmed the exposure film about doping in Russia, will still be allowed to come to the 2018 World Cup. So the story can have a continuation.
Boycott due to a spy
Political scandal, which outwardly has nothing to do with football. In early March, former Colonel GRU Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia poisoned with chemical substance in the British Salisbury. London said that Russian special services were involved in the poisoning. So they allegedly tried to get rid of the defector. Moscow rejected all charges. Poisoning led to the deterioration of relations between England and Russia. Under the distribution hit the World Cup 2018. The British government announced a partial boycott of the tournament: the matches will not be visited either by officials or members of the royal family. The action was joined by the Football Association of England - they cut down the composition of the delegation in the tournament.
Solidarity with the British expressed and the authorities of other countries. The visit to Russia was refused by the President of Poland Andrzej Duda and members of the Government of Iceland. There were arguments about the refusals of other important people, but in general these are gestures, of course, symbolic. Without the royal family it will be sad, but somehow we will try to survive this blow.
It was not without Ukraine, but not because of the Violins. President Petro Poroshenko has long advocated a comprehensive boycott. And the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Pavel Klimkin called on his compatriots to "think about 15 times" before going to the tournament. The reason - "possible provocation of Russian special services" and "domestic conflicts" on the basis of dislike for Ukrainians. It is still not clear whether Ukrainian viewers will be able to watch the World Cup in principle - politicians are against the broadcast. In general, everything is still very difficult there.
In line for the ticket
For the procedure for selling tickets for the World Cup, as well as the price policy, FIFA is responsible. But outraged fans hurried out of habit accuse the Russian authorities of everything. They can be understood: everything turned out to be so clumsy that it was hard not to suspect any of the domestic officials of involvement in this. First you had to deal with the stages of sales, and then go through the quest itself to buy a ticket. Someone was lucky at the lottery stage, and someone sat in front of the computer for hours, but could not wait for the end of the "live line".
There were also problems when paying for tickets, and when trying to just add them to the basket. Later, the FIFA even apologized to the fans for the technical inconvenience. But it's hardly easier for fans because cheap tickets (available only for residents of Russia) were sold out immediately. From despair, the fans even rushed to buy tickets to Saransk - for the match "Panama" - "Tunisia".
Since May 1, ticket offices have opened, where you could purchase tickets in person, bypassing computer procedures. The fans even managed to fight in the queue, but all in vain. And it was pointless to stand, all the same in the box office were only the same expensive tickets for two passing matches, as in online. In the meantime, all sorts of scammers have been activated on the Internet, offering fake drive to matches for hundreds of thousands of rubles.
This building will never end here
To the World Cup, Russia undertook to build several new stadiums and reconstruct the old ones. The most attention was drawn to the arena in St. Petersburg, which was opened to the Confederations Cup in 2017, although construction began ten years earlier. At the most expensive stadium - by various estimates, it cost in the amount of 43 to 50 billion rubles - flowed from the roof, and just from the ceilings.
Later, the city's vice-governor even accused all harmless cormorants, allegedly damaging the skin. And the famous draw-out field simply could not be rolled out until this spring, which worsened the quality of the lawn. Promised metro station near the St. Petersburg stadium, in spite of all the promises, has not yet officially been opened. There was only one test run.
The first match on the reconstructed "Luzhniki" also came out as a lump. Due to miscalculations in the organization of the fans kept in the cold stands for an hour after the game. And even after that, it was problematic to leave the metro - the stations could not cope. Again, due to improper distribution of traffic.
A lot of noise was done by the infamous temporary tribune in Yekaterinburg. True, they say that everything is clearly visible from it. Although belatedly, in April arenas opened in Kaliningrad, Saransk, Volgograd, Rostov and Nizhny Novgorod. The most problematic was the object in Samara. The arena, according to FIFA, was in the "risk zone". However, it was opened on April 28. True, the official opening in Russia does not mean that the work is completed. Improvement in the area of most new stadiums is still in its infancy. In the remaining days before the championship, local authorities hastily put asphalt, remove construction debris and try to give everyone a decent appearance. Surely not all will succeed.
Chalupy for a million
Since the beginning of the year, media reports have appeared on how residents of the Russian outback attempt to rent their apartments and rooms for the duration of the championship. On the one hand, they are hard to blame. Still, at least some way to make money on an event that in our time is unlikely to happen again. On the other hand, the Russians clearly had inadequate ideas about the amount by which one can assess his own Khrushchev with a Soviet "wall" and a corrupted sofa.
Prices for odnushku in the area of 20-30 thousand rubles. Overnight obviously designed for foreigners. There are also outlandish laksheri-offers in the region of 100-200 thousand per day (and this is in some Saransk!). But the problem is that almost half of the fans who arrived came from Russia. And if in big cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg there are still some acceptable options, then the proposals for the day of the match in Nizhny Novgorod or Kaliningrad are frankly depressing. There are no seats in decent hostels anymore. What can we say about the hotels, which wound the prices for the match day 3-5 times.
Unfortunately, even immediately to go home after the match - is also not the most economical option. Air companies shamelessly pick up prices, and places in free trains only got the fastest.