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FIFA Council lauds 2018 World Cup in Russia as best ever — football official

MOSCOW, October 26. /TASS/. Members of the FIFA Council have confirmed that the 2018 World Cup, held at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across Russia this summer, was the best ever in the history of the governing football body, Alexei Sorokin, a member of the FIFA Council, told TASS.

"We have been provided with a very detailed report," Sorokin said in an interview with TASS. "Colin Smith [FIFA Chief Competitions and Events Officer] delivered a fact-based report, I also came up with the summary of the event and made an announcement, which was more of a general and emotional character."

"On the whole, this [2018] World Cup was unanimously acknowledged to be the most successful in all possible aspects and the best one in the history," Sorokin said. "It was all mentioned in the final report, which had been endorsed by the Council."