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Russia: FIFA's Infantino praises Mutko for 'fantastic' WC 2018 preparations02:46

Russia: FIFA's Infantino praises Mutko for 'fantastic' WC 2018 preparations

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 20, 2016 at 10:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

SOT, Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council of Russia (Russian): "The most important words, Mr. President."

SOT, Gianni Infantino, FIFA president (English): "Yes, that is right. We are one team. Football is a team sport. And one person alone can not do anything but as a team we can work together - FIFA, the Russian Federation, Russian Football Union we are working together in deliver to the world the greatest football spectacle ever, the FIFA World Football Cup. The FIFA World Cup is an immense event, an immense tournament. It is more than just a football event it is an event that will have a big impact on Russia, which will have a big impact on the whole world. Through my career in the football administration, I have not organised the World Cup but I have done four European championships and I know what it means to organise a big event. Mr. Mutko was saying that I'm a pragmatic person, I'm a worker, I'm a professional, I'm somebody who know's what is needed and from what I have seen until now already in this preparation for the World Cup is simply fantastic. I can only congratulate Mr. Vitali Mutko and his team, Alexei Sorokin [chief of Russia's 2018 World Cup organising committee], the organising committee and all of you for all the great enthusiasm and work you have put into this." *RUSSIAN TRANSLATION AT SOURCE*

FIFA president Gianni Infantino praised Russian Sports Minister Vitali Mutko and his team for the "fantastic" preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup during a special session of the Council of the Federation in Moscow, Wednesday.

"What I have seen until now already in this preparation for the World Cup is simply fantastic. I can only congratulate Mr. Vitali Mutko and his team, Alexei Sorokin [chief of Russia's 2018 World Cup organising committee], the organising committee and all of you for all the great enthusiasm and work you have put into this," Infantino stated.

Commenting on Infantino's appointment as FIFA president, Mutko said: "It is a positive result for Russia in terms of the World Cup preparation works. We supported this candidate from the very beginning. Gianni Infantino is a big professional, pragmatist and a person who has been doing everything to reclaim the authority of FIFA and of course to give back football to FIFA."

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities across Russia, with the final being expected to take place in the Luzhniki Stadium.

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SOT, Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council of Russia (Russian): "The most important words, Mr. President."

SOT, Gianni Infantino, FIFA president (English): "Yes, that is right. We are one team. Football is a team sport. And one person alone can not do anything but as a team we can work together - FIFA, the Russian Federation, Russian Football Union we are working together in deliver to the world the greatest football spectacle ever, the FIFA World Football Cup. The FIFA World Cup is an immense event, an immense tournament. It is more than just a football event it is an event that will have a big impact on Russia, which will have a big impact on the whole world. Through my career in the football administration, I have not organised the World Cup but I have done four European championships and I know what it means to organise a big event. Mr. Mutko was saying that I'm a pragmatic person, I'm a worker, I'm a professional, I'm somebody who know's what is needed and from what I have seen until now already in this preparation for the World Cup is simply fantastic. I can only congratulate Mr. Vitali Mutko and his team, Alexei Sorokin [chief of Russia's 2018 World Cup organising committee], the organising committee and all of you for all the great enthusiasm and work you have put into this." *RUSSIAN TRANSLATION AT SOURCE*

FIFA president Gianni Infantino praised Russian Sports Minister Vitali Mutko and his team for the "fantastic" preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup during a special session of the Council of the Federation in Moscow, Wednesday.

"What I have seen until now already in this preparation for the World Cup is simply fantastic. I can only congratulate Mr. Vitali Mutko and his team, Alexei Sorokin [chief of Russia's 2018 World Cup organising committee], the organising committee and all of you for all the great enthusiasm and work you have put into this," Infantino stated.

Commenting on Infantino's appointment as FIFA president, Mutko said: "It is a positive result for Russia in terms of the World Cup preparation works. We supported this candidate from the very beginning. Gianni Infantino is a big professional, pragmatist and a person who has been doing everything to reclaim the authority of FIFA and of course to give back football to FIFA."

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities across Russia, with the final being expected to take place in the Luzhniki Stadium.

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