Just like any country in the world, Football is the most popular sports in Russia. Russia is a country of rich athletic tradition and lots of experience in organising the most prestigious international sports events including football ones. In 2008 Moscow hosted the final of the Champions League and Manchester United played Chelsea at Luzhniki Stadium. Kazan hosted the Universiade, a global athletic completion of university students in 2013. In 2014 Sochi was the home of the Winter Olympic games and Formula 1 Grand Prix. In 2018 the World Cup will be held in Russia, the first time World Cup ever held in Eastern Europe. It is Scheduled to take place from June 14 to 15 July. Football matches will be held in 12 stadiums in 11 cities. “Luzhniki” stadium will be the central arena for the championship. One of the most famous stadiums in the world is 60 years now and has hosted a lot of international highest level sports competitions. In 2013 the stadium was closed for the greatest in the history renovation after having hosted the athletic completions. In 2007 Luzhniki was the site of the UEFA Champions League final. The capacity of the stadium is 81.000 seats.There will be 12 venues for the World Cup. The seven of them are newly built.
№ 1 event in the Youth Agenda of 2017
In October 14-22 2017 Russia will host the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students. The Festival will take place in Sochi.The World Festival of Youth and Students is an international event, organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth, a United Nationsrecognized international youth non-governmental organization, jointly with the International Union of Students since 1947. The aim of the festival is consolidating the youth community of the world around the idea of justice, strengthening international ties and promoting intercultural cooperation. 20 000 young people from 150 countries will be taking part in the festival. The largest festival was the 6th, held in 1957 in Moscow, when 34,000 young people from 131 countries attended the event. This festival also marked the international debut of the song "Moscow Nights", which subsequently went on to become perhaps the most widely recognized Russian song in the world.
The Festival is a platform for global communication to find ways of confronting the challenges the the younger generation is facing today. There are many opportunities for those who will participate in the festival. You will experience:
Visa-free entry for the participants
Real applied skills in masterclasses and workshops
Russian traditional events: ice show, ballet, film festival, extreme park, jazz festival, circus program
You will enjoy the meals, hotel accommodation and the excess to the educational and sports facilities, at the expense of the host country.
Russian stereotypes (Part 1)
It's not a secret that we live in the world of myths and stereotypes, which mostly appear due to the lack of information or sometimes education. When Russian people watch modern movies about their country and people (even if they are represented by foreign actors), they can't help laughing at the way they are presented on the screen.
The most of the stereotypes about Russia and Russian people were formed in the 20th century. The western countries saw Russian people as rough, drunk and ill-natured. Russia is mostly pictured as extremely cold, dangerous country with a lot of bears and snow.
So there are the funniest and popular ways Russia and Russian people are seen by the foreigners.
1. Russian like vodka and can drink it like water.
2. Everyone wears ushanka (furry hats)
3. Most of Russian mеn are from mafia
4. Russian never smile and they are mostly rude
5. Russian call each other comrade
6. Bears walk along Russian cities or can be kept as pets
7. Winter is the only season in Russia
Those are just the most common ones, but there are more stereotypes and most of them are either myths or misconceptions and that's why they need to be dispelled or at least explained (especially the negative ones).
Drinking much alcohol is often associated with Russian people and the word Vodka is for sure will bring the country to your mind. But it is a most common misconception about drinking habit in Russia. The levels of alcohol consumption can be discussed but the special love for vodka is just not true. On special occasions and during a dinner in a restaurant Russian will definitely choose either wine or Champaign. Wearing the fur cap everywhere and on any occasion is also stereotypical. It has become a symbol of Soviet Union and in any Hollywood movie a Russian will definitely have ushanka on. If you come to Russia now you will hardly see a single man or a woman wearing ushanka even in winter, as Russia has a rich variety of winter clothes designs, and inspired famous designers of the world. If we mentioned Hollywood, one more typical feature is associated with Russians is involvement in mafia structures. Any Russian who watches movies with "Russian" characters will lough at such funny and clichéd conception of Russia and its people.