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The statistics say that no Premier League player has ever won an individual award at the World Cup Finals stage.

It would present logistical problems, however, with the amount of games rising from 64 to 80 and that might prove beyond Qatar as they are now in the process of trying to meet the initial requirements.

FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar is going to be a unique affair for several reasons.

Analyzing the World Cup's issues at a briefing Wednesday, the head of FIFA's diversity program also acknowledged wanting fewer images of attractive women in stadiums to be shown on future broadcasts.

During an interaction with the media president of FIFA Infantino said: "I was saying this would be the best World Cup ever, today I can say it with more conviction, it is the best World Cup".

"First we will discuss with the Qataris and then with the FIFA Council and stakeholders and decide calmly what the decision is", he said.

Citing an increase in fan ID requests by English fans as the tournament went on, with England reaching the third-place playoff, Sorokin said prejudices about Russian Federation had been broken during the World Cup.

Infantino added: "I will be happy if it stays at 32 teams as previously established".

He added that Russian Federation would continue to be a "football country" after the tournament, as the game has become an integral part of the country.

"The decision [to eventually expand] was unanimous", Infantino said.

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino said he "cannot say any negative words" about Neymar despite the Brazilian's disappointing World Cup performance and also refused to criticise Lionel Messi's underwhelming showing in Russia.

But wins against Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the group stage allowed Russian Federation to reach the World Cup knockout stage for the first time in post-Soviet history.

The Qatari emir said his country would apply all its efforts to making a success of the 2022 World Cup.

Should Qatar be stripped of hosting duties for the 2022 FIFA World Cup? "For the moment, we have a World Cup with 32 teams".

"So many people coming together for this single event, it's what I want to be a part of", Smith told reporters in Moscow on Friday.



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