Putin passes torch to Qatar for World Cup 2022

Hope Soto
July 16, 2018

FIFA World Cup has witnessed many teams progress in the tournament because of the huge fan support behind them.

"We will decide whether it's 48 or 32 teams in the next few months", said Infantino.

"This World Cup has been truly successful, that is the opinion of everyone who has travelled around the country taking part in the festival, the fans, players and other participants", said Dvorkovich, who was Russia's deputy prime minister for six years until May.

France will face Croatia in the final at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium tomorrow.

So was pre-World Cup Russia misunderstood or have we been hoodwinked by a slick PR offensive?

OFFICIAL: The Qatar 2022 World Cup will run from 21st November to December 18th.

"A lot of preconceived ideas have changed thanks to this World Cup", said Infantino.

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"For a couple of years I have been saying that this will be the best World Cup ever and today I can say that with conviction - it is the best World Cup ever", he said.

Changing the timing of the tournament will disrupt major league seasons and has set FIFA on a collision course with the powerful European clubs but the Qataris are seeking to put a positive spin on the change, claiming it could lead to more exciting football.

"48 teams is less than 25 percent of the Federation Internationale de Football Association members so I think it's still a reasonable number", said Infantino.

It is worth mentioning that 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar are now embroiled in a diplomatic row with neighbouring Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries including Saudi Arabia, who have severed economic and political ties with it for the country's alleged support of terrorism-related activities.

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino said he "cannot say any negative words" about Neymar despite the Brazilian's disappointing World Cup performance and also refused to criticise Lionel Messi's underwhelming showing in Russia.

"Those who know me a little bit know that when I'm in front of such gifted players, who make us all dream, I can not say any negative words about them".

"VAR is not changing football, VAR is cleaning football, making football more honest, more transparent", he said. 18, 2022, but whether it will be a 32-team event or expand to 48 remains to be decided.

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