World Cup trophy lands in Russian Federation after tour across 51 countries

World Cup trophy lands in Russian Federation after tour across 51 countries

The statement urged European soccer's governing body UEFA to ally with the World League Forum, the European Clubs Association and FIFPro (the worldwide players union), to "firmly oppose and together stop this unilateral initiative from FIFA and the process which lacks of transparency and a proper consultation with the stakeholders".

Putin and Infantino provided a glimpse of the FAN ID cards that ticket-holders must use to attend events.

They (USA) will not be participating in this summer's events in Russian Federation after failing to qualify for the championship which kicks off next month.

It has likewise been shadowed by stadium development deferrals and fears extending from hooliganism to supremacist serenades at matches.

But Infantino lavished praise on Russia's preparations and said the tournament was shaping up to be the best one yet. It's been 16 years since more than one country hosted the tournament.

The new competition would run parallel to existing worldwide tournaments such as the European Championship, Copa America, and African Nations Cup, plus the World Cup qualifying stages.

The two then toured Sochi's Fisht Stadium - scene of the 2014 Winter Olympics - and listened to leaders of regions where the games will be played.

President Donald Trump called on Nigeria and other African countries Monday to endorse the US-Canada-Mexico joint bid for the World Cup in 2026, tying it to US support for them. Each edition would be worth at least US$3 billion (NZ$4.3 billion), Federation Internationale de Football Association has said, with more than US$2 billion (NZ$2.8 billion) shared among the 24 clubs, including 12 from Europe.

Putin said he hoped the Russian team would perform well. Putin says "we all hope that our players will give themselves fully to the game, will play at full strength, will display the strong-willed, no-compromise soccer which fans value and love".

The update will also be made available to Fifa Mobile players for a limited time, EA Sports said, beginning on June 6.