Oct. 29 – Alexey Sorokin denies Russian bid officials knew they had secured tournament hosting rights before the controversial vote, after Sepp Blatter suggested it was pre-arranged. Mark Bisson spoke with the 2018 World Cup CEO.
March 13 – Despite Russia’s sports minister voicing “alarm” at World Cup stadium delays, 2018 CEO Alexey Sorokin tells INSIDER no city is at risk of being axed and says lessons have been learnt from Sochi Olympics. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson spoke with him.
August 22 – One week after Russia 2018 CEO Alexey Sorokin made controversial comments to INSIDER defending his country’s anti-gay law, Jerome Valcke stresses that FIFA will not tolerate any discrimination at the World Cup. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
August 13 – Russia 2018 chief Alexey Sorokin says the World Cup is “not a stage for various views… not for Nazis, not for any other ways of life”. More in this exclusive interview with World Football INSIDER editor Mark Bisson.
Oct. 1 – Russia announces 2018 World Cup budget is nearly twice its bid book figure, as organisers confirm the 11 host cities and 12 stadia for the tournament… Sepp Blatter calls for Russian FA and clubs to tackle football fan violence. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Sept. 18 – Russia 2018 candidate city Saransk is hoping its participation in a World Cup stadium construction seminar in Moscow will boost its chances of making the list of 11 host cities announced later this month.
June 25 – FIFA’s Jerome Valcke heads back to Brazil today to resume 2014 World Cup host city inspection tour…Meetings planned with LOC board members Bebeto and Ronaldo and sports minister Aldo Rebelo… Russia 2018 candidate cities await FIFA decision on hosts. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
June 19 – Russia’s World Cup CEO Alexey Sorokin tells World Football INSIDER that meetings with Euro 2012 organisers in Warsaw and Kharkiv will help boost preparations for the 2018 FIFA tournament… FIFA’s inspection tour of Russia 2018 candidate cities draws to a close. Mark Bisson reports
June 4 – Japan will play Mexico in the opening match of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup… FIFA inspectors evaluating Russia’s 2018 preparations praise progress in Sochi, the latest stop on their tour of potential host cities. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 1 – Vitaly Mutko tells World Football INSIDER that Russia will “solve” its football racism problem in preparations for the 2018 World Cup. In an exclusive interview, Mutko also dismissed concerns over the country’s transport plans for the tournament. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.