FIFA Confirms Next World Cup in Qatar to Hold Nov/Dec 2022Naija247news

FIFA President Gianni Infantino gestures as he arrives to a news conference during the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow Russia Friday

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"The only thing that bothered me during today's ceremony (the handover ceremony for the 2022 World Cup - TASS) is your claim that your team is going to repeat the success of the Russian team at this championship", Putin said.

Infantino, however, refused to confirm whether Qatar 2022 would be a 48-team affair.

"We are, of course, ready to share the experience we acquired in holding the World Cup this year, along with our friends", Putin said.

The tournament, which ends on Sunday with the final between France and Croatia at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, has transformed "the perception that the world has about Russia", Infantino said.

France won 3-0 to claim their first world cup.

"He's a great player, a real talent", said the Federation Internationale de Football Association boss at his closing World Cup news conference. We must have discussions with the Qataris and then if there is a possibility with the Fifa Council and stakeholders.

These couple of years I said that the 2018 World Cup will be the best for all time.

"The legacy of this tournament is that it will put Russian Federation at the top of the countries in footballing terms", he admitted. Now I can say it again, being convinced that this is the best world championship in history.

The Barcelona talisman scored one goal in Argentina's four World Cup games, demonstrating exquisite control before firing them into the lead against Nigeria, but failed to inspire his team-mates to glory on his fourth visit to the game's biggest stage.

"There is nothing more powerful than participating in an event like the World Cup to boost football in a country".

The 2022 World Cup, the first to be he held in Middle East will kick off on November 21 with the final scheduled for December 18, which is Qatar's national day.

The World Cup has always been hosted from June till July when the European football league season has ended, but this time it will be in the run up to Christmas break.

"VAR is not changing football, it is cleaning football, making it more honest and transparent and helping referees to make the right decisions".

"We took a decision, we analysed it very thoroughly and we decided unanimously to extend the number of teams from 32 to 48".

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