"Russia is ready for the tournament", and has only some last-minute "fine-tuning" to do, Putin said after meeting in Sochi with Gianni Infantino, president of soccer's world governing body, FIFA.
Infantino suggested that similar intercontinental mini-tournaments to the Final 8 could also be organised for the top teams in the lower divisions.
'It was made clear to both delegations that these presentations would be taken to SAFA NEC who will give the mandate to the delegates going to the FIFA Congress in Moscow in June on which bid to support.
Last year, the Nigeria Football Federation signed an agreement with its players pledging to avoid the bonus and pay rows that have blighted past World Cup campaigns.
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It has likewise been shadowed by stadium development deferrals and fears extending from hooliganism to supremacist serenades at matches.
"Preparations for the World Cup, which this year will be held in our country, are practically complete".
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"I can tell you for certain that the president will attend the opening of the World Cup".
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The tournament, known as the "Final 8", would be the climax of a proposed global Nations League competition, part of an ambitious plan to reform worldwide football which FIFA believes could be worth $25 billion in a 12-year cycle.
"The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup", Trump tweeted on Thursday.
The Russian President additionally adulated coordinators and listed ways by which the competition would profit from the urban areas in the long haul.
But he sounded a sterner note when discussing the Russian team's prospects once the games begin. "It will definitely help our players to focus exclusively on football on the pitch in Russian Federation and not deal with the distraction of when the bonus will arrive". "And most importantly, that they play the strong-willed, uncompromising soccer that the fans value and love".
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