Russian Federation hands over hosting mantle of World Cup to Qatar

Doug Mendoza
July 18, 2018

Qatar has never qualified for the World Cup and will be taking part in its first one ever as the host nation.

"We can not but feel sad that this spectacular football festival, which had given us so many happy moments, vivid impressions and new friends, is nearly over", Putin said. Qatar's rulers say they will rise to the challenge.

France's second world football championship was enthusiastically celebrated after they defeated Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

Kolinda was one of the eye-catching personalities in the just concluded World Cup tournament in Russian Federation.

In fact, after the thrilling world cup final on Sunday, the Croatian president emerged as her country's star of the tournament.

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Furious construction has led to allegations of exploitation of migrant workers building the new infrastructure with human-rights organisations condemning labour practises in the country. None is more than 35km from the centre of the capital Doha and all are serviced by a brand-new metro system. Eleven host cities, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara, were selected to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup.

There were also warnings from some campaign groups about the potential for hooligan violence, racist attacks and homophobia.

Raphael Varane has now won the Champions League and World Cup in the same summer, having scooped Europe's top club prize with Real Madrid in May.

Putin told an audience of former soccer stars including Brazil's Ronaldo and Marcel Desailly as well as Russian government officials he was sad that the tournament was nearly over but he also noted that it had helped improve the country's image.

"Football has been the focus, and that's why it's a success, we have returned football to FIFA and returned FIFA to football", he confirmed.

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