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Russia legend Arshavin to RT: St. Petersburg ‘ready to host more matches at Euros’ as UEFA set to reallocate games (VIDEO)

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Former Arsenal and Russia star Andrey Arshavin says his hometown St. Petersburg will be more than ready to step in and host more matches at Euro 2020, with UEFA potentially set to relocate games to the city from Dublin.

UEFA is reportedly planning to relocate matches at this summer’s championships after the Irish capital was unable to give assurances over fan numbers.

Several Russian sports outlets have reported that St. Petersburg will be one of the beneficiaries, citing sources familiar with the situation.

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Dublin was set to host three group-stage matches involving Poland, Slovakia and Sweden, as well as one quarter-final, but the hosting rights were at risk of being axed if they could not guarantee a limited number of spectators.

Earlier this month, the Irish FA notified UEFA that it couldn’t provide assurances on a minimum 25% of spectator capacity, but was given an extended deadline to asses the situation. That time now appears to be up, however. 

On Friday UEFA will announce its decision that St. Petersburg will be granted the right to host three more [group] matches – those which should have taken place in Dublin,” said Match TV commentator Nobel Arustamyan said.

“My sources have confirmed this information. Russia’s Euro 2020 Organizing Committee is ready for UEFA’s decision.”
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Russia’s Euro 2020 Organizing Committee said the stadium in St. Petersburg will be filled to 50% capacity – the joint highest number of any of the 12 host cities, and a figure which could even be increased closer to the tournament, should the conditions allow.

St. Petersburg was already due to hold three group matches and one quarter-final at the 68,000-seater Krestovsky Stadium home of Russian Premier League champions Zenit.

The venue, which also hosted matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, will likely now benefit from even more games. 

Local football hero Andrey Arshavin, who won 75 caps for his country and famously starred in Russia’s run to the semi-finals at Euro 2008, said the city is more than ready to take on the extra load. 

“As I see it and understand, our city has been ready for the Euros for a long time. It was ready a year ago, and even more so is ready now,” Arshavin told RT Sport on the sidelines of an event on Thursday at the Krestovsky Stadium to mark 50 days to go until the tournament begins.  

“I don’t think extra matches will bring any extra difficulties to organize.

“Plus one of our advantages is that there’s almost a 100% guarantee that we can have 50% capacity. That can change in 50 days, but only for the better.

“I think matches with fans in a beautiful city like this means St. Petersburg can use this advantage to host more games.”

During the pandemic, Russian champions Zenit have won praise far and wide for their scheme to offer football fans the Covid vaccine before home matches – a measure which Arshavin praised. 

He also pointed out that unlike some other parts of Europe, Russia was not in a state of lockdown.

“Speaking to my friends and people I know in Europe, or who have just come back from Europe, if we look at the rhythm of life in Moscow and St. Petersburg, on the whole you won’t find any major differences with life before the pandemic,” said the 39-year-old former Arsenal ace. 

“In Russia, life is practically returning [to normal], part of that is connected to the vaccine. Well done to Zenit for organizing that.

“The more people are vaccinated, the lower the chance of spreading the virus. So I think that’s another advantage for our country and city for hosting more matches.”

Organizers in St. Petersburg have even suggested that fans visiting matches at Euro 2020 in the city could also be able to get a Covid jab. 
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Euro 2020 was postponed from last year and will be held between June 11 and July 11 this summer. The hopes were that the competition could retain its pan-continental format for a unique edition of the event. 

However, Bilbao already looks to have been dropped after the Spanish city failed to guarantee capacities of at least 25% at San Mames Stadium. A decision is also still pending on Munich. 

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Russia icon Arshavin forget anniversary of iconic Arsenal at Anfield

Ex-Arsenal and Russia star Andrey Arshavin has revealed he would have forgotten about the date of his career-high club football achievement were it not for social media.

Football fans checking their Twitter timelines on Wednesday may have been treated to a reminder that it was 12 years to the day since Arshavin smashed four goals for Arsene Wenger’s men at Anfield.

The man himself, however, was none the wiser.

Russian wing wizard Arshavin struck an incredible four times as the Gunners played out a pulsating 4-4 draw with Liverpool in their Premier League meeting on April 21, 2009.

As the Reds finished four points behind bitter rivals and champions Manchester United in that season’s title race, the loss of the points proved costly for a strong outfit then led by the likes of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

It is a clash which was instantly etched into English footballing folklore and has been heralded as among the greatest ever played in the Premiership, with Arshavin’s rout likewise regarded one of the finest individual displays the world’s most-watched top flight has ever produced.

Despite numerous fan accounts picking up on the anniversary of the remarkable feat, Arshavin himself modestly admitted that it’s not a date he has marked down in his calendar.

“To be honest, if it wasn’t for social media I wouldn’t have remembered that it was 12 years ago,” Arshavin told RT Sport at Zenit St. Petersburg’s Gazprom Arena on Thursday, at an event to mark 50 days to go until Euro 2020 kicks off.

He added: “If I don’t think about it, it doesn’t really bring back any emotions.

“Maybe if I go back to Anfield and stand on the pitch sometime, then I could say something.

“But yesterday I was calm. As I said, I wouldn’t even have known about it if it wasn’t for social media.”

Those heroics were in the past for Arshavin, bit one event rapidly approaching is this summer’s European Championships – a tournament he also knows well, having starred in Russia’s remarkable run to the semi-finals in 2008.

That spectacular form helped catch Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s eye and cement a move to North London around six months later.

This time around, the 39-year-old is banging the drum for home city St. Petersburg, which will host at least four matches at Euro 2020 and possibly even more with the news that UEFA is set to reallocate games from Dublin.

“As I see it and understand, our city has been ready for the Euros for a long time. It was ready a year ago, and even more so is ready now,” Arshavin told RT Sport.

“I don’t think extra matches will bring any extra difficulties to organize.

“Plus one of our advantages is that there’s almost a 100% guarantee that we can have 50% capacity. That can change in 50 days, but only for the better.

“I think matches with fans in a beautiful city like this means St. Petersburg can use this advantage to host more matches.”

As for Russia’s chances, Arshavin said he was hopeful they would at least get out of a tricky group containing Denmark, Finland and world number one-ranked team Belgium.

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‘Between life and death’: Ex-wife of former Arsenal & Russia star Andrey Arshavin ‘fighting for life after Covid diagnosis’

Andriy Arshavin’s ex-wife, model-turned-Instagram-influencer Alisa Arshavin, 38, is reported to be gravely ill in a St. Petersburg hospital after catching Covid-19 while in a coma in intensive care due to a separate illness.

Arshavin, who has also worked as a journalist and has a child with the former Russian playmaker, has been in intensive care for the past eight days and was described by her mother Natalia Sarycheva as being “between life and death“.

She had been diagnosed with acute pancreatitis and peritonitis, prompting doctors to place her into an induced coma during which she was reported to have contracted Covid-19.

Her mother has said that she has suffered from “40 percent lung damage“, adding that Arshavin “has Covid-19 and pneumonia with a complication“.

Arshavin’s health problems come amid a bitter dispute between her and the 75-times capped Russian international. Andrey Arshavin’s mother, Tatyana, has taken court action to attempt to evict her and her three children from the family home of her marriage to Andrey. 

She had taken legal moves to prevent action which she says would leave her and the four-year old daughter she has with the former Russian Footballer of the Year “homeless”, but missed a scheduled court date due to her poor health.

Arshavin is also understood to be battling a potentially life-threatening disease which she says has “mutilated” her nose as a result of a serious degenerative autoimmune problem.

Several of Arshavin’s Instagram posts this year showed her covering her nose and she was forced to deny accusations that she had undergone a ‘botched’ nose job.

I’m not sick because of unsuccessful plastic surgery,” she told her fans earlier this year.

I have a serious disease of the autoimmune system. Two surgeries have helped to save my life. As a result, my beautiful face was mutilated by the disease.”

The condition is a particularly ravaging one as it can lead to damage inside the jaw, nose, cheekbone and lips.

Andrey Arshavin scored 31 times in 144 appearances during his spell in the English Premier League with Arsenal before seeing out his playing career in his homeland with spells with Zenit St. Petersburg – his second stint with the current Russian Premier League champions – and Kuban Krasnodar.

He retired from professional football after three seasons with Kairat in the Kazakhstan Premier League, and currently serves as an adviser on youth football matters to Zenit.
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