MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) - Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) President Aleksander Ceferin said on Monday that Russia had met the challenge of welcoming the 2018 FIFA World Cup "with great aplomb."
"Thanks to Russia for hosting a World Cup packed with remarkable matches, magnificent goals and superb individual displays. The country and its people met the challenge of welcoming one of the world’s major sporting events with great aplomb," Ceferin said as quoted by UEFA's official website.
Russia's first-ever World Cup came to a close on Sunday with France beating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow, one of the 11 host cities, to secure their second title.
Ceferin praised the tournament saying that it was "memorable" and "extremely successful."
"Fans, visitors and guests will all return home from Russia with fond and lasting memories of their stay," Ceferin added.
The UEFA president also said that this summer's tournament had "united countries’ communities and demonstrated the social power of our game."