Qatar World cup to be played in winter months, confirms Gianni Infantino

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No one had expected them to reach this far given the fact that Japan was last in the world cup in 1998, while Korea had never won in 14 of their last world cup matches.

It would present logistical problems, however, with the amount of games rising from 64 to 80 and that might prove beyond Qatar as they are now in the process of trying to meet the initial requirements.

Beyond its political spat with its neighbors and concerns over the weather, Qatar's World Cup has been criticized for a number of reasons.

One of the major criticisms of previous World Cups has been the legacy they leave behind, especially in terms of infrastructure, but the former UEFA president feels as though there can only be positives left behind from the summer of 2018.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has invited the young team rescued from flooded caves in Thailand this week to world football's player of the year awards show in London on September 24.

At a Kremlin ceremony, Putin handed an official World Cup soccer ball to Gianni Infantino, head of world soccer's governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association, who then handed on the to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

Croatian fans celebrate making history at the Football World Cup
Only a third of the World Cup champion team has white-European ancestry, and less than a quarter have French ancestry. Once again the controversy surrounding the Video Assistant Referee has reared its ugly head at this year's World Cup .

"I had for long said that this would be the best World Cup and now after living this celebration for a month, I can say with more conviction that this is the best World Cup". Yes, the 22nd edition of the FIFA's flagship tournament will not be taking place in traditional months of a football season, i.e. "Then we will decide calmly and quietly what the decision is", said Infantino, who has been pushing hard for the expansion of the quadrennial extravaganza.

"For a couple of years, I was saying that this will be the best World Cup ever".

Although fans from European countries were outnumbered by their Latin American counterparts, Sorokin said Europe's interest in the World Cup picked up as the tournament went on.

FIFA has warned England's Football Association (FA) for "political chants" made by fans during Wednesday's World Cup semifinal defeat to Croatia.

Nevertheless having secured the spoils, Vladimir Putin and his acolytes focused unswervingly on hitting their target of putting on the best World Cup ever - and laying to rest the image of Russian Federation as an autocratic hostile state.

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