France favorites as Moscow basks in World Cup spotlight

Monday, 16 Jul, 2018

Piara Powar, the executive director of the Fare Network, said that sexism had been a significant problem during the World Cup in Russian Federation and that the total number of incidents are likely to be 10 times as much as those reported.

Gianni praised the organization of the World Cup Russia 2018, calling it the "best".

United States credit card company Visa, which alongside United States brands Coca-Cola and Budweiser beer served as partners for the tournament, said fans from America were the biggest foreign spenders at Russian World Cup venues, followed by those from China and Mexico.

Russia's official World Cup budget was nearly £9billion but both Dvorkovich and Sorokin stressed this should not be seen as money spent on a month of sport but infrastructure investments that were brought forward.

However, Infantino did not give any new information on the whether the first 48-team tournament would be in Qatar in 2022 instead of in 2026 as originally planned. We must have discussions with the Qataris and then, if there is a possibility, we will talk about it with the FIFA Council and stakeholders.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed the news on 2022 FIFA World Cup dates along with major words of appreciation for Russian Federation 2018 World Cup, who he regarded as the best world cup ever.

It would probably be OK under Fifa guidelines for the cameras to pick out this England fan
MATTHIAS HANGST It would probably be OK under Fifa guidelines for the cameras to pick out this England fan

"I had for long said that this would be the best World Cup and now after living this celebration for a month, I can say with more conviction that this is the best World Cup".

Having already announced that FIFA was in talks with the Thai Football Association about another way of marking their rescue, Infantino told reporters in Moscow on Friday that they would all be invited to London in two months' time.

The stock of Neymar also took a hit when the Brazilian striker - the world's most expensive footballer - left the tournament after Brazil's quarter-final loss to Belgium with the sound of laughter ringing in his ears. The Russian team has completed its performance at the tournament, achieving the best result at the world championships in the team's latest history.

"There is nothing more powerful than participating in an event like the World Cup to boost football in a country".

The Croatians bettered their previous best of a semi-final spot in 1998 - their first World Cup as an independent nation - with a thrilling extra-time victory over England. In the end, it is the right decision.