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Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 03 / 27 / 15

RICHARD WRIGHT is the general manager of New Balance Football. Wright, a 33-year industry veteran, has developed football footwear for Nike, adidas and Umbro before joining Warrior to develop its Warrior Football line. In August, Warrior's parent company, New Balance, announced the decision...

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12/15/14
Volgograd Stadium To Be Completed In '17

Local government officials said that Volgograd's new football stadium for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, being built on the site of the old Central Stadium, "will be completed in November 2017," according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. A government contract "has already been signed" for ...

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12/11/14
Ukrainian Woes Hit Football Clubs

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12/11/14
Russia Estimates Increase In Tourists

Russia's Federal Agency of Tourism is estimating that "there will be 30-40% more tourists visiting Russia during the 2018 World Cup, than there were during the Sochi Olympic games," according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. During the whole period of the Sochi games, 2 million people "vi ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Russia

12/09/14
Russian Denies Parma Acquisition

Russian football club Anzhi issued a statement denying reports in the local media that its billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov could be involved in the acquisition of Serie A side Parma by unnamed Russian entrepreneurs. The statement quoted Anzhi General Dir Sergei Korablev as saying that Kerimov is ...

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12/05/14
German TV: Russian Athletes Guilty

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Kaliningrad Will Not Lose WC Games

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