World Cup will make Russia ‘a real football country’

Russia’s bid got more points than, for example, Britain’s, because Russia needs the World Cup to make it a real football country unlike Britain, where the whole infrastructure, like stadiums, is already there.

Russia will have to build it all brand new, said Gennady Fedorov, a sports journalist at the Reuters news agency.

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“This all will be most probably for a new generation, the kids that are now just growing up – they will be the part of that team that will compete in 2018.”