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Spanish football coach: Russia to organize 2018 FIFA World Cup at highest level

May 10, 14:44 UTC+3 MADRID

Julen Lopetegui said that he himself as well as the players of the national team are looking forward to this important quadrennial football event in Russia

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MADRID, May 10. /TASS/. The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be organized at the highest possible level and there should be no doubts about this issue, Julen Lopetegui, the head coach of the Spanish national football team, said on Thursday.

"I have not a slightest doubt that everything will be in the perfect order," Lopetegui told a news conference. "We had a chance of playing a (friendly) football match against the Russian national team last November in St. Petersburg (3-3). The stadium was good and we have good impressions after the match."

"I believe that Russia is about to organize an outstanding World Cup," Lopetegui said adding that he himself as well as the players of the national team are looking forward to this important quadrennial football event in Russia.

The head coach of the Spanish national football squad, which won the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, also said that the team was very satisfied with the selection of the Russian southern city of Krasnodar as their venue for staying and training.

"We had many options, but after analyzing thoroughly all of the details we decided that Krasnodar was the best among them," he said. "We are very satisfied with the selected venue."

On December 1, 2017, the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow hosted the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which determined the group breakdown for the FIFA flagship event this year. A total of 32 national football squads were divided into eight groups with four teams in each.

The national football team from Spain was placed in Group B alongside with the teams from Portugal, Iran and Morocco.

"We will try to be prepared to win all our matches," Lopetegui said. "We will be playing against the (2016 UEFA) Euro Cup winners (Portugal), against the best team from Asia and the best national African team and we are aware that each time a better prepared team arrives to the championship."

"We have very good players and I love them all," the Spanish head coach said. "We all understand that the only thing that would help us to win at the championship is the team spirit. We do not know what will happen, but we are working to see that we are prepared for the wanted outcome."

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 35 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.

Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.

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