The President of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez has said that he hopes the national team meet the hosts Russia in the World Cup final.
Russia are hosting the biggest football tournaments in the world next year. President Vazquez is dreaming of a near impossible – Uruguay vs Russia at the final.
“The World Cup will be held here next year and I hope that the final match will see the national teams of Uruguay and Russia,” the president said in Moscow during his visit to President Vladimir Putin.
In response, Putin said: “Uruguay is not a very big country but it was the first to become the world champion. I have no clue what your secret is about, but perhaps it can be rooted in the quality of Uruguayan meat and milk, which your footballers are nourished with.”
Russia won the hosting rights following the decision of the FIFA Executive Committee seven years ago. They won ahead of bids from England, Portugal, and Spain. A joint bid from Belgium and the Netherlands was not enough to convince the committee.
Preparations are in full swing for the tournament in the summer of next year. This summer they are hosting the Confederations Cup with winners of each continents poised to compete.
The tournament next year would see 32 nations compete for the title from June 14 to July 15 using 12 stadiums in 11 cities: Samara, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Nizhny, Volgograd, Novgorod, Kazan, Sochi, St Petersburg and Moscow.