Joseph Blatter commends work done by Russia’s World Cup Organising Committee

FIFA President spoke highly of the committee in a FIFA Weekly column
30 July 2015
Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS

FIFA President Joseph Blatter has commended the work done by the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee. FIFA Weekly quotes the organisation president:

On a personal level I’m already looking forward to a thrilling competition that will separate the wheat from the chaff. For when you look at how systematically, productively and successfully the Russian LOC is working with three years still to go before the World Cup kicks off, there can be no doubt whatsoever: only the best is good enough for Russia.
FIFA President Joseph Blatter

The World Cup matches will be held from 14 June to 15 July, 2018, on 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don.

The Russian team will play group stage matches in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Samara. The final will be held in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Preliminary Draw show

25 July the Preliminary Draw was held at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Saint Petersburg. The show was highly praised by the attendees, who said they were impressed by what Russia has to offer.

FIFA Support

The International Federation of Association Football has passed a resolution assuring full support of Russia hosting the World Cup 2018. Joseph Blatter reaffirmed FIFA’s "trust and confidence in Russia for the organisation of this competition”. He added: ““We say, ‘Yes’, to Russia. Our support is especially important during the current geopolitical situation.”


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