Fifa President, Gianni Infantino made a visit to Russia to witness the progress of the preparation for the 2018 World Cup.

Infantino is however pleased with the massive works being carried out and impressed with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the  Russian Football Union.

He says: I am very excited about this visit and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia which will be my first FIFA World Cup as President. I was able to discuss with the LOC and the Russian Football Union the various on-going projects; I am impressed with what is going on in football in this country, not only with staging the FIFA World Cup but also the Russian Football Union’s plans when it comes to football development. I want to complement Minister Mutko and his team, they are doing a great job. It was great to receive this picture from Nikita Simonyan of the 1958 FIFA World Cup match against England, he is a legend and players like him make us love the game.

On overall preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup From what I have seen so far, particularly after this visit, I am even more convinced that this will be the best FIFA World Cup ever, He added.