Russia upbeat as Confederations Cup goes off smoothly
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Russia’s World Cup test is over, and she seems comfortable in the spotlight.
When Gianni Infantino FIFA met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the opening match on June 17, the host country has faced widespread doping pressure on multiple racism, racism and fans 17 reported deaths during the construction stages of the World cup.
But by the end of Sunday, the German champion team gave incredible criticism. Captain Julian Draxler wrote an open letter to Russian supporters saying “Russia has passed the test by far,” while coach Joachim Loew also had words of praise.
“Many thanks to Russia, I think they were excellent hosts,” Loew said after his team beat Chile 1-0 in Sunday’s final. “In the cities where we played, and in the stadiums, we saw excellent conditions. This tournament was organized brilliantly and we met with great people, which is very important as well.”
The host cities of Russia – Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan – have been difficult to overcome the last Confederations Cup, taking into account that in 2013, Brazilian police were demonstrators in the landfill stages.
Next year will be more difficult, but with seven other cities and many more foreign fans. Russia expects a million visitors during the World Cup, against 27,000 foreigners whose FIFA said they had bought tickets for the Confederations Cup.
Russia wants to show fans smiling world and well-worn, non-muscular thugs that lingered in the French city of Marseille at the European Championship last year.
Praise is almost a matter of government policy.
“We have shown that Russia is a footballing country,” Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told the Tass news agency on Sunday. “The final was held at a high level, the tournament was organized at a high level, fans applauded at a high level.”
With the participation of government identifications needed to attend a game, Russia was able to control the environment in the stadiums. Authorities have banned not only conviction fans for the upset of the stadium, but also for people who have more flexible ties to the “ultras” groups of Russian clubs, many have insisted they were not troublemakers.
The crowds of the Confederations Cup of Russia were of a good nature, though rarely gave in to action when Russia was not playing. Many were the local families free days, more difficult to reach the Mexican waves that encourage the players or the referee rage. The games began systematically with a half full stadium, only to meet late arrivals, when the security scanners or traffickers who left the concession are missing.
There were no racist incidents in matches despite their prevalence in the Russian league in recent years.
For the tournament, Russia has recruited about 5,500 volunteers, mostly university students, who guided lovers around the sites, although English skills are sometimes limited. Transportation connections, including free “fan” trains between host cities have also worked well.
There were some organizational problems for the teams, Cameroon particularly claiming the time lost in the grunting traffic plans. The wet and cold weather in Moscow and St. Petersburg means that the teams already look desperate to get some training bases in Russia’s sunny southern Russia for next year’s World Cup.
Instead of Russia, it often seemed that FIFA was microscopically. The deployment of his controversial video referee system has seen no clear magazines mistake and blatant elbow in the final judgment worthy of a yellow card.
While battling his own battle to keep the video critical, Infantino is relieved to have no more headaches related to Russia.
“If a troublesome tournament like this tournament,” said Saturday, “well, then I want a lot of these issues continue tournaments.”