7/1/2010 In this exclusive interview, Alexey Sorokin explains why landing the 2018 or 2022 World Cup is important for Russia and talks about investment to improve stadia infrastructure, the lessons learned from two Olympic bids and plans to lobby FIFA Executive Committee members. By WFI’s James Corbett.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has moved to reassure Belgium and the Netherlands of the validity of their joint World Cup bid, describing the neighbors as part of the same “political entity.”