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Russia: World Cup committee head reflects on game-changing tournament02:32

Russia: World Cup committee head reflects on game-changing tournament

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 15, 2018 at 21:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Aleksei Sorokin, CEO of Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee, reflected on the game-changing success of the World Cup during an interview in Moscow on Sunday.

"This World Cup has changed the perception about Russia in every respect," Sorokin said, adding "in order to understand the country, you need to personally be there, not to read about it."

The WC 2018 has "fulfilled every promise that we made to the football community," he said. "All the little things that we had in mind worked very well - the Fan ID, free transport, free shuttles, you name it," he added.

"I think we have just proved that we can not only play football, but we can organise football. So, maybe one day, we can bid for something else," he replied.

The World Cup, which has been held in 11 Russian cities since June 14, will come to a conclusion on Sunday with the final between France and Croatia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

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Aleksei Sorokin, CEO of Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee, reflected on the game-changing success of the World Cup during an interview in Moscow on Sunday.

"This World Cup has changed the perception about Russia in every respect," Sorokin said, adding "in order to understand the country, you need to personally be there, not to read about it."

The WC 2018 has "fulfilled every promise that we made to the football community," he said. "All the little things that we had in mind worked very well - the Fan ID, free transport, free shuttles, you name it," he added.

"I think we have just proved that we can not only play football, but we can organise football. So, maybe one day, we can bid for something else," he replied.

The World Cup, which has been held in 11 Russian cities since June 14, will come to a conclusion on Sunday with the final between France and Croatia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

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