The 2022 FIFA World Cup is set to be held in Qatar.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday handed over mantle of the World Cup host to the emir of Qatar whose country will stage the 2022 edition of the tournament. On behalf of himself and all lovers of football and sports around the world, the Amir congratulated Russian Federation for the great success and looked forward to welcome everyone to 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic
"Brave hearts - You made us proud", said Jutarnji List daily.
The long-awaited final match of Russia's World Cup 2018 came with many dramatic scenes that will keep millions of football fans around the world talking about it for days.
Following in the footsteps of their boss, who captained the 1998 World Cup-winning side, is the challenge for France after making amends for losing the Euro 2016 final on home soil.
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Some lost as much as 11lb in weight during the terrifying ordeal but all are expected to make a full recovery. They began their brief statements thanking their rescuers with a "wai", the traditional Thai greeting.
Besides Modric, goalkeeper Danijel Subasic will be 38 at the next World Cup in Qatar, midfielder Ivan Rakitic will be 34 and forward Mario Mandzukic will be 36.
The first Arab country to host the event is planning eight new stadiums for the tournament, with one completed, two more due this year and the rest scheduled to be finished by 2021.
The US president praised the Russian leader's hosting of the World Cup, which ended last week, as well as the Russian national team's performance. "It is a shame because I think we were very, very good and deserved to win", said Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
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Grabar-Kitarovic thanked Putin for what she said was the successful organisation of the competition.
The emir says through a translator that the World Cup "will be a huge and great festival for all our country".
While the 19-year-old is the poster boy for France's new crop of talent, the make-up of the squad suggests they have the youth and firepower to dominate worldwide football for years to come.
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Mandzukic's scored at 109th-minute that sent his country to the final. "They underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake".