Russian President Vladimir Putin wants tough soccer from Russia at World Cup

European Leagues oppose revamped FIFA Club World Cup and Nations League

The biggest threat to another World Cup being hosted in Africa is Donald Trump

With only the USA-Mexico-Canada bid and a bid from Morocco in the running, the North American bid is still the favorite despite growing support for Morocco's last-minute bid over the past few months.

Russian Federation is "absolutely ready" to host the 2018 World Cup in June and July, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday as the country made final preparations to stage the soccer tournament.

Trump appeared to tie the issue to trade, saying just ahead of his mention of the World Cup that the United States hopes "to be the economic partner of choice for nations across the continent and all around the world".

Starting on May 29 (16 days before the World Cup officially kicks off), you'll be able to download a free update to FIFA 18 that focuses exclusively on bringing the 2018 FIFA World Cup to life. Carlos Cordeiro said at a campaign event in Denmark "we're going to get strong support across Europe regardless of the geopolitics". The government of Dominica later announced its support for Morocco.

Trump stepped directly into the campaign in the past week.

On Monday, Trump also called for African countries to support the bid while speaking at the White House alongside Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari.

"And I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of that was down to the fact that Trump has waded in".

"I don't see it as threatening", Cordeiro told Reuters.

Olsson also said that Fifa's proposed Club World Cup prize money would "increase the financial and sporting gap" between clubs playing in his member's leagues. The country has made four other bids in the past but they have not won.

The US$25 billion (NZ$36 billion) investment offer to Federation Internationale de Football Association includes guaranteed money from the consortium which wanted agreement inside a 60-day deadline which expires in mid-May.

The two then toured Sochi's Fisht Stadium - scene of the 2014 Winter Olympics - and listened to leaders of regions where the games will be played.

'No press conferences were held after both presentations.

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