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06-17-2012, 02:03 PM
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Yakushev72
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Originally Posted by khlman View Post
but Russia has always been better in hockey, not just recently. The fact is Russia is big enough to have world class teams in both sports. Plus with Russia getting the World Cup there will be even more investment because no one wants to be embarrassed with a poor showing.
There is certainly room for both sports to grow in Russia. Because nearly all countries in the World produce good football players, and most countries can field a team that is capable of winning a match if the ball isn't bouncing right for the other, it is fair to say that football is far more competitive and difficult to excel at on a worldwide level. Russia could potentially be the Number 1 hockey nation, so I would hate to see investment and emphasis shifted away from hockey to a far less likely payoff in football.

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