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Russia plans to host 2018 FIFA World Cup in 13 cities

Moscow: Russia plans to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup in 13 cities, but the final decision would be made by FIFA, football`s international governing body, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said.

"We will not exclude any cities," Putin said during a trip to Volgograd. "And we`ll for sure keep Volgograd - how can we win without Stalingrad?"

The Battle of Stalingrad - as Volgograd was known during World War II - was one of the fiercest and seen as a turning point in the Soviet army`s victory over Nazi Germany on the Eastern Front.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter - who arrived in Moscow Thursday - said a dozen cities would be the optimal number to hold the tournament.

The cities in Russia`s victorious bid were Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Samara, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar and Sochi.

The FIFA chief`s visit - which lasted less than 24 hours - included a presentation on Russia`s preparations to host the 2018 World Cup and talks with the country`s football authorities.

Bureau Report

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