Sergey Pryadkin: Best World Cup was held in Germany, but Russia may surpass it

The President of the Russian Football Premier League about the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
Share 24 September 2015
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Russian Premier League President Sergey Pryadkin

The President of the Russian Premier League Sergey Pryadkin told Welcome2018 about the way the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is going to affect the football future in Russia. "The FIFA World Cup is an enormous global event. And I am very happy that it finally happens in Russia. I’ve heard people saying that football is not very popular in our country, but this is not true. There is a huge number of people in Russia that live and breathe football. That is why the 2018 World Cup will be a special event for the whole country. I believe that the World Cup is bigger than the Olympic games in its scope,” Pryadkin said.

President of the Russian Football Premier League expressed confidence that the World Cup will give a huge boost to the development of Russian football. "We are making a huge step forward, in both professional and in the kids football,” Pryadkin said. “I attended the 2006 World Cup in Germany, seen the way the Germans prepared, and I know their current level. It will be the same way for us. It is possible that thanks to the World Cup, the Russian Premier League is going to expand to 18 teams," he said.

Speaking about the 2006 World Cup, Pryadkin noted the high level of the competition management. "I've attended several competitions. The World Cup in Germany, in my opinion, is the best in terms of organization. Excellent infrastructure, good communication system, and the attitude towards fans - everything was top-level. But I am 100% sure that Russia will surpass Germany in this context".

According to the President of the Premier League, the Russian hospitality will become the unique feature of the championship. "The championship will be remembered for our hospitality, I am sure that it will be remembered with pleasure by all delegations and fans," Pryadkin said.

"Somewhat distorted view of life in Russia is quite common abroad. But we are progressing. We host a large number of international competitions with a lot of foreign visitors. They have formed a very good opinion about Russia. I am sure that the visitors of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be convinced that one can not only simply exist in Russia, but live a good life,” Pryadkin added.

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Sergey Pryadkin

Sergey Pryadkin is Vice-President and member of the Football Union of Russia. He has been working in the Russian Football Premier League since its creation - 2001. He became the President of the Russian Football Premier League in November 2007. On April 21, 2015, Sergey Pryadkin was unanimously re-elected President of the Russian Football Premier League for five years.