Rostov Arena is an association football stadium in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. It is one of the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it hosts FC Rostov of the Russian Premier League, replacing Olimp – 2. It has a capacity of 45,000 spectators. In June 2013, during the groundbreaking for the stadium, five shells from WWII were found perfectly preserved. In August 2013, work began on the sandy alluvium foundation for the stadium. Work on the foundation was completed in May 2014. Construction commenced on the stadium substructure in October 2015. In December the construction site began to bring in heavy construction materials. In January 2015, crews began driving piles. In March 2015, the stadium project was revised, reducing the cost of construction to 3 billion rubles. In the summer of 2015 pile driving was completed and superstructure construction began. In December 2015, work began on the installation of the metal roof frame. In July 2016 work on the concrete stadium bowl began. In addition, builders started construction of the facade and began landscaping the adjacent territory to the stadium.
In November 2016 the reinforced concrete work of the stadium main bowl was completed and the installation of load bearing roof structures began. The stadium has locker rooms for players and referees, staff rooms, rooms for match delegates, doping control areas, press centers, other premises for high-profile sports tournaments; the stadium grounds offer a sufficient number of parking spaces. The arena is designed to be accessible for people with limited mobility. In 2011, the final design for the new stadium was presented by Populous; the irregular shape of both the roof and stands are distinctive features. Part of the seating is to be temporary, for the 2018 World Cup. After the tournament capacity may be decreased to 42,000; as the main architect for Rostov Region confirmed, this stadium is to be the start of a new city centre. It will be the first large project built on the southern bank of the Don River, with the rest of the city lying north. With shopping and dining destinations, the stadium will serve as a focal point for investments and new developments.
After the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the arena is to be used for the matches of local FC Rostov and for the Russia national football team games, as well as for other sporting and cultural events. Site of stadium Rostov Arena Design renderings at StadiumDB.com Rostov Design renderings at StadiumDB
Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht known as Anderlecht or RSCA, is a Belgian professional football club based in Anderlecht, Brussels Capital-Region. Anderlecht plays in the Belgian First Division A and is the most successful Belgian football team in European competitions, with five trophies, as well as in the Belgian domestic league, with 34 championship wins, they have won nine Belgian Cups and hold the record for most consecutive Belgian championship titles, winning five between the 1963–64 and 1967–68 seasons. Founded in 1908, the club first reached the highest level in Belgian football in 1921–22 and have been playing in the first division continuously since 1935–36 and in Europe since 1964-65, they won their first major trophy after World War II with a championship win in 1946–47. Since they have never finished outside the top six of the Belgian first division, they are ranked 12th amongst all-time UEFA club competition winners, tenth in the International Federation of Football History & Statistics continental Clubs of the 20th Century European ranking and were 41st in the 2012 UEFA team rankings.
In 1986, they achieved their best UEFA ranking with a joint first place with Juventus. Anderlecht have been playing their matches in the Astrid Park in the municipality of Anderlecht since 1917, their current stadium, Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, was first opened in 1983, replaced the former Emile Versé Stadium. They play in white outfits, they have long-standing rivalries with Standard Liège. Founded as Sporting Club Anderlechtois on 27 May 1908 by a dozen football lovers at the Concordia café, the club beat Institut Saint-Georges in their first match, 11–8, they joined the official competition in 1909–10, starting at the lowest level in the Belgian football league system the third provincial division. In 1912–13, they gained promotion to the second-higher level of football named the Promotion. After only one season at that level, the championships were suspended due to World War I, resumed in 1919–20. With the popularity of the team increasing, Anderlecht had moved to a new stadium in the Astrid Park in 1917.
They baptized the stadium Stade Emile Versé in honor of the club's first major patron, the industrialist Emile Versé. At the end of the 1920–21 season, Anderlecht were promoted to the first division for the first time in their history. In the next 14 seasons, Anderlecht were relegated four times and promoted four times, earning themselves the mockery of local rival clubs Union Saint-Gilloise and Daring Club de Bruxelles, who nicknamed them the "lift club". In 1933, 25 years after their formation, the club changed their name to Royal Sporting Club Anderlechtois. Since their promotion in 1935, Anderlecht has remained at the top level of football. With Jef Mermans, a striker signed from K Tubantia FC in 1942 for a record fee of 125,000 Belgian francs, Anderlecht won their first league title in 1947, their success increased in the following years as they won six more titles between 1949–50 and 1955–56 and two more in 1958–59 and 1961–62. In the 1960s, under the coaching of Pierre Sinibaldi and of Andreas Beres, the club won five titles in a row, still a Belgian league record.
The star of this team was Paul Van Himst, topscorer in 1965, 1967 and 1969 and Belgian Golden Shoe winner in 1960, 1961, 1965 and 1974. Anderlecht played in the first European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1955–56, lost both legs of their tie against Vörös Lobogo, they had to wait until the 1962–63 season to win their first European tie, with a 1–0 victory over Real Madrid, which followed a 3–3 draw in Spain. For the first time, they advanced to the second round, where they beat CSKA Sofia before losing to Dundee in the quarter-finals. In the 1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, Anderlecht lost in the final against Arsenal. Between 1975 and 1984, Anderlecht only won one championship but they achieved considerable European success: they won the 1975–76 and 1977–78 European Cup Winners' Cups against West Ham United and Austria Wien as well as the two subsequent European Super Cups; the 1982–83 season was a noteworthy season for the club for numerous reasons: former Anderlecht favourite Paul Van Himst was named the new coach, they won the 1982–83 UEFA Cup and the rebuilding of the club stadium began.
But in the domestic league, Anderlecht had to settle for second place behind Standard. Their bid to retain the UEFA Cup in 1983–84 failed at the final hurdle against English side Tottenham Hotspur. Anderlecht reached the final controversially by beating another English side, Nottingham Forest, with a debatable extra time penalty to win 3–2 on aggregate, it was found Anderlecht had bribed the referee the equivalent of £27,000 to ensure passage to the final. After three second-place finishes in a row, the Purple and Whites secured an easy 18th title in 1984–85, 11 points ahead of Club Brugge. In 1985–86, Anderlecht won the championship again, but this time after a two-legged play-off against Club Brugge. Anderlecht won their 20th championship on the last matchday of the 1986–87 season, they lost key players Franky Vercauteren, Enzo Scifo and Juan Lozano. A weakened team coached by Raymond Goethals finished only fourth in 1988 behind Club Brugge, KV Mechelen and Royal Antwerp, but they nonetheless managed to lift the Belgian Cup for the sixth time in cl
Christian Fernando Noboa Tello is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays for Zenit St. Petersburg and the Ecuadorian national team as a central midfielder. Christian started out at one of Ecuador's most important teams, he became a starter and with good talent he entered the starting eleven line-up. His total appearances and goals are 89 and 8. Christian impressed many with his good skill at a young age, he was linked with clubs during his time with Emelec because of impressive performances. Christian was transferred in 2007 to FC Rubin Kazan of the Russian Premier League, he was a key player since he was capable of playing in any midfield position which made him a good transfer. In 2008, he helped. In 2009, he played in the UEFA Champions League. On 29 September 2010, as a captain, Noboa helped Rubin Kazan obtain a draw against FC Barcelona in a Champions League match by scoring his side's only goal from a penalty kick. On 26 January 2012 Noboa signed with Dynamo Moscow for £8 million, his first match for Dynamo was in a 0 -- 1 home loss to Anzhi Makhachkala.
He played. His first match of the season was in 0 -- 1 away loss to Volga Nizhny Novgorod, his first goal for club and season was on 25 August, in a 3–2 away win against Lokomotiv Moscow, which he celebrated with tears after not having scored for a while. His next goal came in a 1 -- 2 home loss to Kuban Krasnodar, his third goal of the first half of the season came in an emphatic 5–1 away win against league leaders CSKA Moscow. On 5 April Noboa scored a free-kick goal, in a 1–1 away draw against FK Amkar Perm'. On 21 April, Noboa scored. On 3 August he scored the winning goal against Terek Grozny, dedicated the goal to his late international teammate Christian Benitez, it was confirmed on 29 December 2014 that Noboa would not renegotiate terms with his club and is open to offers. On 31 December, the official site of FC Dynamo Moscow issued statement thanking Noboa for his services and wishing him good luck. On 7 January 2015, it was confirmed. In an interview given to a radio station in Ecuador, Noboa revealed that his buy-out clause at PAOK is in the region of €1.5 million.
Though there is not any formal interest yet, Noboa hinted that he could be tempted to move away from PAOK if a Mexican club makes an approach.“I like the prospect of playing in Mexico. I hope. I would be open to play in a club there,” Noboa has said. On 8 January, he made his debut with the club in a 1–0 home win against Platanias, scored his first goal on 21 February in a 3–1 away win against Veria, he was in contention for the first two games in the Super League play-offs as he is set to travel to Ecuador late in May in order to start preparations for the Copa America. The Ecuadorian midfielder revealed that he will fly to his homeland on 27 May in order to be in contention with his National Team ahead of the tournament in Latin America which goes underway two weeks later. On 29 July 2015, Noboa signed a two-year contract with Russian Premier League side FC Rostov, he scored a goal on his Rostov debut in a 1–0 win over FC Amkar Perm on 28 August 2015. On 4 June 2017, Noboa signed a three-year deal with FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.
On 18 February 2018, Noboa returned to Rubin on loan from Zenit until the end of the 2017–18 season. Noboa was called up to the Ecuadorian national team for a series of two unofficial friendly matches in late 2006 against Spanish provincial sides; the transfer to Russian football did nothing for his chances of being selected by national team manager Luis Fernando Suárez. Under Sixto Vizuete's current management, he has been noticed and made his official debut against Brazil in a 2010 World Cup qualifiers. In the match, Noboa scored a wonderful goal to tie the game in the 89th minute for his first international goal. Noboa may have saved Ecuador's qualification dreams as he scored his second goal in as many games against Paraguay on 1 April 2009, he has become one of Ecuador's best midfielders playing for the national squad. On 7 June 2009, in a World Cup qualification match he was crucial in his assists and offensive leadership to help Ecuador beat Peru 2–1 in Lima; as of 17 March 2019 As of 5 September 2017 Rubin KazanRussian Premier League: 2008, 2009 Russian Super Cup: 2010 Christian Noboa profile at Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol Profile & Statistics at Guardian's Stats Centre
César González Navas is a Spanish former footballer who played as a central defender. In his country, he played professionally for Málaga B, Málaga, Gimnàstic and Racing de Santander, amassing La Liga totals of 106 matches and six goals over five seasons. In 2009 he signed for Rubin Kazan. Born in Móstoles, Community of Madrid, Navas was brought through the ranks of hometown's Real Madrid, but only played with its B-team, he made his La Liga debuts in the 2004–05 season, going on to spend two years in the competition with Málaga CF: his first match was on 12 December 2004, as he featured the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home win against Levante UD. In January 2007, Navas left Málaga and the second division and played for six months on loan with top flight strugglers Gimnàstic de Tarragona. After his return to Andalusia he had a trial with English club Ipswich Town, but an eventual deal fell through due to a metatarsal injury. A habitual starter throughout the first half of the 2008–09 campaign, Navas was sold in late February 2009 to Russia's FC Rubin Kazan, on a three-year deal worth €2 million.
He appeared in 28 games in his first year, as the team renewed their Russian Premier League supremacy. On 12 July 2015, 35-year-old Navas signed a one-year contract with FC Rostov, agreeing to an extension one year later. On 9 June 2017, he left the Olimp-2. On 31 August 2017, Rubin Kazan announced the return of Navas. On 11 February 2019, Rubin removed him from their Russian Premier League registration list. On 14 February 2019, Rubin announced that Navas decided to retire as a player; as of match played 13 May 2018 Rubin Kazan Russian Premier League: 2009 Russian Cup: 2011–12 Russian Super Cup: 2010, 2012 César Navas at BDFutbol César Navas – FIFA competition record
Kit (association football)
In association football, kit is the standard equipment and attire worn by players. The sport's Laws of the Game specify the minimum kit which a player must use, prohibit the use of anything, dangerous to either the player or another participant. Individual competitions may stipulate further restrictions, such as regulating the size of logos displayed on shirts and stating that, in the event of a match between teams with identical or similar colours, the away team must change to different coloured attire. Footballers wear identifying numbers on the backs of their shirts. A team of players wore numbers from 1 to 11, corresponding to their playing positions, but at the professional level this has been superseded by squad numbering, whereby each player in a squad is allocated a fixed number for the duration of a season. Professional clubs usually display players' surnames or nicknames on their shirts, above their squad numbers. Football kit has evolved since the early days of the sport when players wore thick cotton shirts and heavy rigid leather boots.
In the twentieth century, boots became lighter and softer, shorts were worn at a shorter length, advances in clothing manufacture and printing allowed shirts to be made in lighter synthetic fibres with colourful and complex designs. With the rise of advertising in the 20th century, sponsors' logos began to appear on shirts, replica strips were made available for fans to purchase, generating significant amounts of revenue for clubs; the Laws of the Game set out the basic equipment which must be worn by all players in Law 4: The Players' Equipment. Five separate items are specified: shirt, socks and shin pads. Goalkeepers are allowed to wear tracksuit bottoms instead of shorts. While most players wear studded football boots, the Laws do not specify. Shirts must have sleeves, goalkeepers must wear shirts which are distinguishable from all other players and the match officials. Thermal undershorts must be the same colour as the shorts themselves. Shin pads must be covered by the stockings, be made of rubber, plastic or a similar material, "provide a reasonable degree of protection".
The only other restriction on equipment defined in the Laws of the Game is the requirement that a player "must not use equipment or wear anything, dangerous to himself or another player". It is normal for individual competitions to specify that all outfield players on a team must wear the same colours, though the Law states only "The two teams must wear colours that distinguish them from each other and the referee and the assistant referees". In the event of a match between teams who would wear identical or similar colours the away team must change to a different colour; because of this requirement a team's second-choice is referred to as its "away kit" or "away colours", although it is not unknown at international level, for teams to opt to wear their away colours when not required to by a clash of colours, or to wear them at home. The England national team sometimes plays in red shirts when it is not required, as this was the strip worn when the team won the 1966 FIFA World Cup. In some cases both teams have been forced to wear their second choice away kits.
Many professional clubs have a "third kit", ostensibly to be used if both their first-choice and away colours are deemed too similar to those of an opponent. Most professional clubs have retained the same basic colour scheme for several decades, the colours themselves form an integral part of a club's culture. Teams representing countries in international competition wear national colours in common with other sporting teams of the same nation; these are based on the colours of the country's national flag, although there are exceptions—the Italian national team, for example, wear blue as it was the colour of the House of Savoy, the Australian team like most Australian sporting teams wear the Australian National Colours of green and gold, neither of which appear on the flag, the Dutch national team wear orange, the colour of the Dutch Royal House. Shirts are made of a polyester mesh, which does not trap the sweat and body heat in the same way as a shirt made of a natural fibre. Most professional clubs have sponsors' logos on the front of their shirts, which can generate significant levels of income, some offer sponsors the chance to place their logos on the back of their shirts.
Depending on local rules, there may be restrictions on how large these logos may be or on what logos may be displayed. Competitions such as the Premier League may require players to wear patches on their sleeves depicting the logo of the competition. A player's number is printed on the back of the shirt, although international teams also place numbers on the front, professional teams print a player's surname above their number; the captain of each team is required to wear an elasticated armband around the left sleeve to identify them as the captain to the referee and supporters. Most current players wear specialist football boots, which can be made either of
The Philips Sport Vereniging, abbreviated as PSV and internationally known as PSV Eindhoven is a sports club from Eindhoven, that plays in the Eredivisie, the top tier in Dutch football. It is best known for its professional football department, which plays in the Eredivisie since its inception in 1956. Along with Ajax and Feyenoord, PSV is one of the country's "big three" clubs that have dominated the Eredivisie; the club was founded in 1913 as a team for Philips employees. PSV's history contains two golden eras revolving around the UEFA Cup victory in 1978 and the 1987–88 European Cup victory as part of the seasonal treble in 1988; the team has won the Eredivisie 24 times, the KNVB Cup nine times and the Johan Cruyff Shield ten times. PSV is 39th on the UEFA club coefficients ranking. Throughout the years, PSV established itself as a stepping stone for future world class players like Ruud Gullit, Ronald Koeman, Romário, Phillip Cocu, Jaap Stam, Jisung Park, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Arjen Robben.
Since its foundation, it has upheld its club colours. Its elaborate connection with Philips can be witnessed in its sponsoring, shared technology and board member ties. Fans have named themselves'boeren', taking pride in Eindhoven's status of being a provincial city and their Brabantian heritage. To serve the need for activities with Philips employees, the company founded its own football team in 1910: the Philips Elftal, its ground was the Philips Sportpark, located on the same location as the present day stadium. Financial turmoil and worker strikes led to a quick demise of the team and in 1913, its successor emerged, Philips Sport Vereniging, founded on 31 August, it was the day that Philips organized celebrations and sports competitions in light of the centennial defeat of the French in the Napoleonic Wars. It was not until 1916, that the football department switched its name from Philips Elftal to PSV; because of World War I, the first possibility to enter a league was in the 1915–16 season.
The club's first match was a 3–2 defeat against Willem II Reserves on 19 September 1915. The team did achieve promotion that season to a newly created Third Division of the Brabantian FA. Under the guidance of coach Wout Buitenweg, PSV were promoted in 1918 and 1921 as well reaching the Eerste Klasse; the team was relegated in 1925, but its stint in the Second Division only lasted one year when PSV were promoted again. Since 1926, PSV has always played in the highest possible domestic league; that year, defender Sjef van Run was brought in and a year Jan van den Broek joined PSV, two players that would shape the squad in the coming years. Behind the scenes, Frans Otten became chairman of the entire PSV sports union, he was responsible for bringing the club to a new level with new accommodations and stadium expansions. After winning the district league in 1929, PSV entered the championship play-offs. In that competition, it won. A 5–1 win against Velocitas from the city of Groningen meant that PSV was crowned league champions for the first time.
In the following three years, PSV won the district league every year, but it could not win the play-offs until 1935. In that year, the team secured the second championship in a 2–1 victory against DWS. Due to World War II, attendances decreased and in 1940, PSV player Johan Brusselers died in combat. After the war, PSV signed two new strikers: Piet Fransen in 1948 and Coen Dillen in 1949. In 1950, PSV got its first post-war success when the team defeated HFC Haarlem in the KNVB Cup final. A year PSV won the district title after EVV failed to win their final match. Though coach Sam Wadsworth resigned during the championship play-offs, the title was won after a 2–1 win over Willem II; the 1950–51 season was Dillen's breakthrough, scoring 21 times and earning the nickname "The Canon". Besides Dillen and Fransen, a memorable player of the early 1950s success was goalkeeper Lieuwe Steiger, who ended up playing 383 matches for PSV. In 1955, PSV became the first Dutch club to enter the European Champion Clubs' Cup.
The two matches against Rapid Wien ended in 1–6 and 1–0. Other success in the 1950s remained absent but in the 1956–57 season, Dillen scored 43 times, a Dutch record that still stands today; the approaching 1960s marked a shift in player's heritage: the team went from Brabantian men to players nationwide. Representative for this policy were defender Roel Wiersma, who arrived in 1954 and captained the team for a decade, Piet van der Kuil, who came from Ajax for the equivalent of €59,000. Dillen left the club in 1961 after being club top scorer every year from 1953 to 1961. In 1962, Otten decided to quit as chairman of the sports union. By board member Ben van Gelder had started to mold the club in his way. Throughout the next two decades, he became responsible for turning PSV into a full-fledged professional organization. In the 1962–63 season, marking PSV's 50-year anniversary, the club appointed Bram Appel as the new coach; the first results were disastrous, with a mere six points earned from the first six fixtures.
A sudden revival led to a first place at the winter break and a 5–2 victory over Ajax in June meant that PSV could celebrate its fourth league title, with Pierre Kerkhofs leading the goal scorer charts with 22 goals. The following year, PSV ended second in the league but more reached the Europa Cup I quarter-finals for the first time, where it was el
Russian Premier League
The Russian Football Championship, or Russian Premier League, is the top division professional association football league in Russia. The competition is administered by the Russian Football Premier League. There are 16 teams in the competition; the league has three Champions League qualifying spots given to the top three teams at the end of the season and the two Europa League spots will be allocated to the fourth and fifth placed teams. The last two teams are relegated to the Russian National Football League at the end of the season; the Russian Premier League was established in 2001 and rebranded in 2018. The Russian Premier League succeeded the Top Division including history and records; the Top Division was run by the Professional Football League of Russia. Creation of the Premier League is considered to give the clubs a greater degree of independence; the league is called Rosgosstrakh Russian Football Championship for sponsorship reasons. Lokomotiv Moscow is the Russian Premier League champion.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, starting in 1992, each former Soviet republic organized an independent national championship. In Russia, the six Russian teams who had played in the Soviet Top League in 1991 were supplemented with 14 teams from lower divisions to form a 20-team Russian Top Division; the Top Division was further divided into two groups to reduce the total number of matches. The number of teams in the Top Division was reduced to 18 in 1993 and 16 in 1994. Since the Russian Top Division has consisted of 16 teams, except for a short-lived experiment with having two more teams in 1996 and 1997. Spartak Moscow was the dominant force in the top division, winning nine of the first ten titles. Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz was the only team which managed to break Spartak's dominance, winning the top division title in 1995. Lokomotiv Moscow have won the title three times, CSKA Moscow six times. In 2007, Zenit St. Petersburg climbed to the top, winning the title for the first time in their history in Russian professional football.
2008 brought the rise of Rubin Kazan, a club new to the Russian top flight, as it had never competed in the Soviet Top League. In mid-2010s, some stadiums opened. CSKA Moscow got a new stadium named Arena CSKA named VEB Arena, it holds a capacity of 30,000. FC Krasnodar got the most modern stadium in Europe named Krasnodar Stadium, it holds a capacity of 34,000. In preparation for the 2018–19 season, it was decided to hold a rebranding in which a new logo was presented, the league was renamed the Russian Premier League. Teams in the Russian Premier League play each other twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 30 matches. Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw, none for a loss. If teams are level on points, the tie-breakers are the number of wins the goal difference, followed by several other factors. If the teams are tied for the first position, the tie-breakers are the number of wins head-to-head results. If the teams tied for the first place cannot be separated by these tie-breakers, a championship play-off is ordered.
As of 2010, the champions and the runners-up qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage. The third-placed team qualifies for the Champions League Third qualifying round; the fourth- and fifth-place teams qualify for the UEFA Europa League. The bottom two teams are relegated to the First Division. Unlike most other European football leagues, the league traditionally ran in summer, from March to November, to avoid playing games in the cold and snowy weather in winter; this was altered ahead of the 2012–13 season, with the league planning to run the season from autumn to spring. The transitional season of the competition began in early 2011 and continued until summer of 2012. After the 16 Premier League teams played each other twice over the course of the 2011 calendar year, they were split into two groups of eight, the teams played other teams in their groups two more times for a total of 44 games; those two groups were contested in spring 2012, with the top eight clubs playing for the title and European places.
The other sides vied to avoid relegation: the bottom two went down while the next two played off against the sides third and fourth in the National Football League, with the two losers being relegated. Under the current autumn-spring calendar, the league takes a three-month winter break from mid-December until mid-March; the Youth championship known as Youth teams championship, Reserve team tournament or Reserves tournament, full name Youth football championship of Russia among teams of clubs of the Premier League, is a league that runs in parallel to the Russian Premier League and includes the youth or reserve teams of the Russian Premier League teams. The number of players a team can have on the pitch at a time that are over 21 years of age or without a Russian citizenship is limited. 16 teams participate in the league. Matches are played a day before the match of the senior teams of the respective teams. All of the Russian Premier League teams are obliged to have a youth team that would participate in the Youth championship.
The teams that are promoted from the National Football League and do not have a youth tea