Fernando Meira: “Russia is an excellent candidate!”

The Portuguese defender evaluated Russia’s chances to host the 2018 World Cup and talked about what, in his opinion, will give the country the championship.

– Considering that there is still time to correct those deficiencies that exist in the Russian bid before 2018, then Russia is an excellent candidate for hosting the World Cup. There are a lot of large cities and wide streets here where it will be great to celebrate football victories. I think that hosting the World Cup in 2018 is a great chance for Russia to show the unity of its society once again. Furthermore, the experience that Russia gets from hosting a tournament like that will give the country the chance to take another step forward, and to make its domestic league and cup tournaments even stronger.

– To be honest, it’s quite remarkable to hear that from a Portuguese footballer.
– Ya, I’ll be very happy if the bid made by Portugal and Spain wins, but I’ll have even more good feelings if Russia gets the World Cup. It’s important for Russia to get the tournament.