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 By Chris Wright

Russian farmer builds stadium out of straw to mock $720m World Cup venue

A farmer in Krasnoye, Russia built a football stadium entirely out of straw
Russian farmer Roman Ponomaryov built a stadium made completely from straw.

A Russian farmer has built an entire football stadium out of straw to mock the spiralling cost of the new 64,000-seat arena in St Petersburg that will be used to host the 2018 World Cup.

The straw version, built by farmer Roman Ponomaryov in a field outside the town of Stavropol cost around $675 (£500) to complete, whereas the Zenit Arena quickly burned through a budget of $720 million (£552m).

However, what Ponomaryov's version lacks in clean, sweeping lines and modernist architecture,...

CSKA Moscow's challenge: their biggest crowd didn't go to see them

The July 5 concert showed CSKA Arena in the sold-out, big atmosphere that's yet to attend the football.

MOSCOW -- It took the new and impressive CSKA Arena, opened in the northwest of the Russian capital in September 2016, barely 10 months to see its first sellout crowd. Ironically, it happened when its owners, CSKA Moscow, are more than a thousand miles away from it on a preseason tour in Austria.

It was for the Park Live Festival, which took place on July 5. 

The Red Army club, who were the most powerful and correspondingly considered as the most popular Soviet club in the postwar...

 By Nick Ames

Russia's oldest club has lived through tragedies but hopes for bright future

Oleg Larionov is nominally the stadium manager, but in many ways, his job is keeping Znamya Truda going.

Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Russia -- When Oleg Larionov thinks about a hot early summer's day in 2004, the memories come quickly, but the words themselves take longer to form. The visual part is easy: It was the last time Znamya Truda Stadium, the oldest in continuously occupied Russian territory, was packed to the rafters.

Describing the scene is harder. The citizens of Orekhovo-Zuyevo had come to mourn a tragedy, and nobody could quite predict how the rawest of emotions would manifest themselves.

"The...

Lessons from the Confederations Cup: Is Russia ready to host a World Cup?

Mark Ogden discusses the uncertainties surrounding stadiums such as Fisht Stadium in Sochi ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russia has hosted 16 games across four venues during the Confederations Cup over the past fortnight as the country prepares to host the World Cup in a year's time.

Russia 2018 will be played on a much greater scale, with 32 nations aiming to win the trophy during a monthlong tournament. But after successfully staging the Confederations Cup, which saw Germany emerge as winners with a 1-0 victory over Chile in St. Petersburg on Sunday, is Russia now ready to stage the World...