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Valencia sign Denis Cheryshev on season-long loan from Villarreal

Russia World Cup star Denis Cheryshev will join Valencia on loan from Villarreal for the 2018-19 season.

Valencia released a statement on Tuesday confirming that a deal had been agreed for the winger.

Cheryshev, 27, scored four goals to help Russia to the quarterfinals of the World Cup this summer.

He began his career at Real Madrid in 2002, playing over 100 times for the B team, but rarely made a first-team appearance and joined Sevilla and Villarreal on loan before signing permanently for the...

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov signs two-year contract extension

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov has signed a two-year contract extension after guiding the host nation to the World Cup quarterfinals.

Cherchesov's team, the lowest ranked in the tournament, had not been backed to make much impact but ended up only going out on penalties to Croatia and beat Spain in the round of 16.

Former goalkeeper Cherchesov was thanked by the Russian Football Federation for securing the country's best World Cup finish of the post-Soviet era.

"Stanislav Cherchesov and his team...

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Russia's Vladimir Putin wants World Cup stadiums used for football

KALININGRAD, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the country's 12 World Cup venues should be mainly used for football, and not transformed into concert halls or exhibition centres.

Russia hosted the World Cup in 11 cities in June and July without any major security or discriminatory incidents, receiving praise from fans and global football governing body FIFA.

The country's efforts are now turning to ensure that the venues and infrastructure built for the month-long tournament...

World Cup scouting spotlight: Moussa Wague, Rodrigo Bentancur, Mario Fernandes

The World Cup boosted the profiles of several known stars like Kylian Mbappe but what about the next wave hoping to use Russia 2018 as a springboard into the next phases of their career? Matt Stanger scouts three such under-the-radar talents who acquitted themselves well this summer.

Moussa Wague, DF, KAS Eupen/Senegal

Wague is an attacking full-back whose performances in Russia should earn him a move to a bigger European league.
Wague is an attacking full-back whose performances in Russia should earn him a move to a bigger European league.

In this age of information, it's rare to see genuine unknowns emerge as potential stars at the World Cup. Moussa Wague is one such example, however, with few having heard...

With the World Cup party over, Russia faces up to its future

The FC guys answer your tweets about the controversies in the World Cup final, Paul Pogba's performance and where the 2018 World Cup ranks all time.
With the World Cup final looming, ESPN's Charlie Gibson travels around searching for fans from all 32 nations.

MOSCOW -- It hardly caused a ripple in the news cycle when, on Tuesday, football returned to Russia as quickly as it had left.

The second-tier Football National League began its 2018-19 season fewer than 48 hours after the end of the World Cup and, amid a sprawling list of competitors that spans the breadth of the country, one name stuck out in particular.

PFC Sochi had never played an official match before, not in this guise anyway: They came about when Dinamo St. Petersburg moved 1,500 miles south...