POSTED: Saturday July 10th 2010
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Borkowski backs Russia World Cup bid

American coach of a Russian women’s football team has declared his backing for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups bid from Russia.

“If a country can organize the Olympic Games (Sochi 2014) it can organize the World Cup,” said Borkowski.
The coach of Zvezda 2005 spoke of the "passion and emotion" Russia could bring to the tournament. Borkowski said: "I have lived in Russia for almost a year and the people of Russia are fantastic hosts. They are passionate and genuine."
Borkowski added that “The country does not currently have a stadium with 80,000 capacity, but Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, already a UEFA Elite stadium, has a capacity of over 78,000 and can easily be expanded to meet that figure.”
Russia expects to have five stadiums fit to host World Cup matches ready by 2013 - two in Moscow and one stadium each in St. Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi, which is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Russia announced its intent to bid in early 2009, and submitted its request to FIFA. Fourteen cities are included in the current proposal.
Russia's Prime Minister and former President Vladimir Putin has taken a keen interest in the bid.
According to a report earlier submitted by Vitaly Mutko, who also served that time as President of the Russian Football Union (RFU), the country is ready to spend some $10 billion on the tournament.

The bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups is currently underway. The executive committee of FIFA will announce their decision for the two editions on 2 December 2010.

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Keywords · shek borkowski · vladimir putin · vitaly mutko · russian football union · fifa · world cup · uefa · luzhniki · rfu · moscow · sochi 2014 · olympic games · zvezda 2005


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