Vladimir Putin proud of Russia's hosting of tournament

Doug Mendoza
July 19, 2018

Over 3,000 people are reported to be attending Macron's reception for the World Cup winners, including an estimated 1,000 youth players from football clubs across France.

The first Arab country to host the event are planning eight new stadiums for the tournament, with one completed, two more due this year and the rest scheduled to be finished by 2021.

"We can surely be proud of how we organised this tournament", Putin said in televised comments after France's victory against Croatia.

But what oil-rich Qatar does have is fabulous wealth, enough to persuade Federation Internationale de Football Association to allow them to host even though that selection process has since been clouded by allegations of bribery. "We will do everything to ensure football can carry out its fantastic and humanitarian role of uniting people, countries and continents", concludes Putin.

It was not to be but world-class midfielder Luka Modric has illuminated this World Cup, while the energy, commitment and threat of Perisic stood out here. I am sure that in four years we will see the same energy, the same positive influence in Qatar as we have seen in Russian Federation.

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In fact, the youngsters are so great that we're dying for a World Cup moments re-enactment from them.

"We try to work to do and speak and make things change for the good wherever we can", Infantino continued.

If you're having withdrawal symptoms from the World Cup final already, then it's absolutely in your best interests to watch this for two minutes. We hope to enjoy a fruitful partnership until 2022.

The Qatari emir said his country would apply all its efforts to making a success of the 2022 World Cup. I remember that when our country was awarded the right to host the World Cup, it was a huge celebration for the whole Arabic world.

"I think that everyone ... has discovered actually a lovely country, a welcoming country, a country full of attractive people keen to show the world that what maybe sometimes is said doesn't happen here", Infantino said.

"I'm sure the hundreds of thousands of people who came have enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere and the warm atmosphere by all the people".

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