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Russia: 'FIFA trusts Russia to run World Cup 2018' - Sepp Blatter01:28

Russia: 'FIFA trusts Russia to run World Cup 2018' - Sepp Blatter

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
January 17, 2015 at 05:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

FIFA President Joseph Blatter held a press conference in St. Petersburg on Friday where he said it had been decided that the number of World Cup host cities and stadiums, 11 and 12, respectively will remain unchanged.

Previously Blatter proposed removing one of 11 host cities for the championship in order to simplify the preparations, yet, after a conversation with President Vladimir Putin on Friday, he changed his mind. FIFA’s president said the organization trusts Russia and also mentioned that he is happy to be back in the country.

Joseph Blatter arrived in St. Petersburg to take part in the opening ceremony of the XXIII International "Commonwealth Cup" football tournament which is taking place in the city between January 16 and 25.

World Cup 2018 matches will be held between June 14 and July 15 in Russia at 12 stadiums in 11 cities.

Russia: 'FIFA trusts Russia to run World Cup 2018' - Sepp Blatter01:28
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FIFA President Joseph Blatter held a press conference in St. Petersburg on Friday where he said it had been decided that the number of World Cup host cities and stadiums, 11 and 12, respectively will remain unchanged.

Previously Blatter proposed removing one of 11 host cities for the championship in order to simplify the preparations, yet, after a conversation with President Vladimir Putin on Friday, he changed his mind. FIFA’s president said the organization trusts Russia and also mentioned that he is happy to be back in the country.

Joseph Blatter arrived in St. Petersburg to take part in the opening ceremony of the XXIII International "Commonwealth Cup" football tournament which is taking place in the city between January 16 and 25.

World Cup 2018 matches will be held between June 14 and July 15 in Russia at 12 stadiums in 11 cities.