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Russia will adjust football team’s 2018 preparations to Putin’s instructions — minister

December 28, 2015, 15:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Vladimir Putin wants more playing match-time for Russia’s perspective young footballers ahead of the World Cup

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MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. A final program of the Russian national football team’s preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be adjusted to reflect suggestions from the country’s president, Russian Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Monday.

"We do have a plan of preparations of the national football team, but we will have to do some extra work adjusting it to the presidential instructions," Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), said in an interview with TASS.

Last week Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Sports Ministry to draft a plan of the national team’s preparations for the global football championship pointing out in particular the necessity of giving enough of playing match-time for Russia’s perspective young footballers ahead of the World Cup. The deadline for the implementation of the presidential instructions is March 30, 2016.

"We were spared some time, we will work on it and think about it jointly with the football clubs and the league [the Russian Football Premier League]," Mutko said. "The instructions’ sole purpose is to successfully prepare the team. We will definitely do this and we have a set of measures currently under the implementation."

Russia won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup at the FIFA Congress in Guatemala on December 4, 2010 in a tight race against the bid from England, the joint bid from Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.

The country later 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.

In September, a total of 33 cities across Russia involving over 450,000 people were celebrating the 1,000-day countdown to the 2018 World Cup.

Main celebrations of Russia’s countdown to the FIFA World Cup, which was inaugurated almost a century ago and takes place once in four years, were held in the Russian capital of Moscow.

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