Professionals predict very 'exceptional' 2022 FIFA World Cup

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To mark the conclusion of the World Cup, President Vladimir Putin made a televised speech after the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday to announce that Russian Federation will be extending its visa-free travel regime for foreign soccer fans until the end of 2018.

A few days after Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana signalled the final whistle, FIFA looks back extremely satisfied with how the referees performed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and how the historic implementation of Video Assistant Referees (VARs) contributed to the resounding success of refereeing at the tournament.

At the same time, the President expressed his hope for the cooperation after Mundial.

According to the figures, more than one billion goals were scored across just over 406 million games played by fans during the tournament, which was won on Sunday by France.

"We are proud of what we did for fans of this wonderful sport". "Behind this (World Cup) success lies huge preparatory, operational, analytical and information work, we operated at maximum capacity and concentration", said Putin.

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"I'm sure that our friends from Qatar will be able to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup on the same high level".

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He added that the Qatar National Team would surpass the success of the Russian National Team, by exceeding the quarter-final stage.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they were Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

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