The French, who won their only World Cup title at home in 1998, will be playing in their third final in 20 years.
In June and July when the World Cup is usually held, it's not unusual for temperatures in the Western Asian peninsula to go up to the mid 30s, and even into 40°C territory. The FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia has been a success and its best achievement is that anti-Russian myths and prejudice collapsed, Russian President Vladimir Putin said opening a gala concert at the Bolshoi Theater on Saturday.
Russia's World Cup organizers said on Saturday that the tournament had so far been a success and would help to improve the country's image overseas.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed (per journalist Joe Crann, who was present at the event) that the tournament will begin on 21 November, with the final being played on 18 December.
It touched the whole world but in particular football because it was a team, something we could all relate to, and I thank God there was a happy ending..
"For a couple of years I thought that would be the case, but now I can say it with conviction".
"We are ready based on the path we have set", said Hassan Al Thawadi, the secretary-general of the Qatar 2022 organising committee, in Moscow with a delegation of more than 100 officials shadowing the Russians.
What are we going to do after Sunday other than count down to the next World Cup?
"This country, Russia, has changed".
"The whole world was watching and praying until all the boys and the coach came out", he said.
Indeed, the former UEFA general secretary believes the days of goals scored from an offside position or red cards for violent conduct could both be coming to an end due to the video assistant technology. "This is progress", he said.
"VAR is cleaning football, helping referees to make the right decisions in a very hard job".