After Russia, World Cup focus now turns to Qatar

After Russia, World Cup focus now turns to Qatar

After Russia, World Cup focus now turns to Qatar

Russian Federation became the target of almost 25 million cyber-attacks during the FIFA World Cup tournament, according to President Vladimir Putin.

The Amir thanked President of FIFA Gianni Infantino for all his exerted efforts and looked forward to work together to organise 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

According to the Russian President: "Today is a ceremonious occasion as Russia passes the FIFA World Cup torch to the state of Qatar".

Numerous invited clubs are based in the poor neighbourhoods French that produced the players who made up France's youthful, diverse World Cup team - including 19-year-old breakout star Kylian Mbappe.

The host for Euro 2024 is yet to be determined - a winning bid from Germany or Turkey will be determined in September - and while that likely will be a normal-ish major championship, the summer of 2026 brings the World Cup to North America, with an expanded 48-team field playing across 3 countries.

"We can surely be proud of how we organised this tournament", Putin said in televised comments after France's victory against Croatia.

Despite high diplomatic tension between Moscow and the West, world football officials and personalities as well as world leaders have lined up to praise Russia's hosting of the tournament. "They are too lovely, France is handsome!" said Julia Cohen, 28, after seeing players pass by on the Champs-Elysees, the gathering point for all national celebrations.

Emir of Qatar also gave assurance to emulate the good hosting put up by Russia: "Mr President, allow me to congratulate you and the Russian nation on a fantastic World Cup, which we hope to host just as successfully".

The Qatari emir said his country would apply all its efforts to making a success of the 2022 World Cup. "We will not get Overconfident and take Croatia lightly" said Paul Pogba in an interview before the Final. An equal amount of drama and enthusiasm was on display on social media too as the mega event kept football fans hooked to their connected devices for all news related to it. Microblogging site Twitter alone registered 115 billion impressions during the World Cup 2018.

France's World Cup winners were treated like royalty by hundreds of thousands of supporters upon their return to Paris on Monday and have been promised the Legion of Honour award ahead of a presidential reception.

Qatar's size, as well as its broiling temperatures and lack of ready stadium infrastructure, have prompted some to question the decision by Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's world governing body, to make it host.

"But here we are, at the World Cup".

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