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RUSSIAN PREMIER LEAGUE

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
2 Krasnodar 2 0 0 6
3 Zenit 2 0 0 6
4 Terek Grozny 2 0 0 6
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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,...

St. Petersburg might be ready for World Cup, but the pitch is not

Arturo Vidal believes victory in the Confederations Cup final versus Germany would make Chile the best team in the world.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Ahead of the Confederations Cup final on Sunday, the pitch remains the most troublesome issue of St. Petersburg Arena, and it is likely to pose a significant problem heading into the World Cup preparations.

Cristiano Ronaldo famously complained about the surface following the game against New Zealand at the group stage. The Portuguese captain claimed: "It was a difficult pitch, where the grass was somewhat too long, and it was impossible to play better than we did."

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Roma's Leandro Paredes completes €23m Zenit St Petersburg move

Leandro Paredes had also been linked with Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes has joined Zenit St Petersburg on a four-year contract, the Russian club have announced.

Paredes, who began his career at Boca Juniors, had also been linked with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Serie A winners Juventus.

The Argentina international started 15 games for Roma last season, scoring three times, and Roma's official website said Zenit would pay an initial €23 million, which could rise by another €4m through clauses.

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 By Ben Gladwell

Roberto Mancini appointed as new Zenit St Petersburg coach

Roberto Mancini
Roberto Mancini has been out of work since being sacked by Inter Milan.

Roberto Mancini has been appointed as the new coach of Zenit St Petersburg, days after the club parted company with Mircea Lucescu.

Former Manchester City manager Mancini -- out of work since being sacked by Inter Milan just before the start of the season -- becomes Zenit's second Italian coach after Luciano Spalletti, who won two Russian titles.

In a statement on their official website, Zenit said Mancini had agreed a three-year contract with the option to extend by a further two years

Zenit sack Mircea Lucescu after second straight UCL failure

Mircea Lucescu couldn't get Zenit into the Champions League over his two seasons.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Zenit St. Petersburg have sacked coach Mircea Lucescu after the Russian team failed to qualify for the Champions League for the second straight year.

A brief club statement thanked the Romanian for his year in charge and said the board decided on "early termination" of his contract, without specifying why.