FIFA president Gianni Infantino told the Russian Football Union that he is pleased with the progress of the country’s preparation for next year’s World Cup but also says there still a lot left to accomplish.
Eight of 12 arenas to be used in the 2018 event are still under construction, but Infantino admitted every country undergoes the same problems with these mega infrastructures.
“We certainly cannot just sit down and rest and say everything is perfect,” said Infantino.
“We all well know, it’s not only a Russian thing, but for the whole world, that bureaucracy sometimes takes a bit of time and there are always hurdles that you did not foresee before.”
According to City A.M., Russia has seen its bill amount to 638.8 billion Russian rubles, or £8.7 billion.
CONFED CUP A GOOD DRY RUN
As part of their preparation for next year’s world finals, Russia are also hosting this year’s Confederation Cup, a competition among confederation champions, the reigning world champions and the host of the next World Cup.
Russia are using the four ready stadiums in the Confederation Cup: the newly opened Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg, the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow, the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi and the Kazan Arena in Kazan.
Krestovsky, which cost around $1.3 billion and just opened this year, will host the final on July 2nd.