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    Fan Forecast: 'Russia Will Organize Really Beautiful World Cup'

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    A whole array of Latin American countries has qualified for a spot in the summer 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Football fans and journalists from Uruguay and Argentina shared with Sputnik Mundo their feelings about the upcoming championship.

    Referring to his national team's previous performance, Sergio Gorzy, a well-known Uruguayan sports journalist, said that these were "amazing and exciting matches." 

    He also expressed confidence that "Russia will organize a really beautiful World Cup," regardless of the problems some fans may have, including language barriers and having to travel "huge distances."

    "There will be minor and maybe even pleasant difficulties, but I think that [on the whole], it will be an excellent championship. I have not the slightest doubt that it will be very well organized," Gorzy added.

    Argentinian football fans celebrate in Buenos Aires after qualifying to the 2018 World Cup on October 10, 2017
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    Argentinian football fans celebrate in Buenos Aires after qualifying to the 2018 World Cup on October 10, 2017

    Juan Landa, a former football player from Argentina, said in turn that he will go to Russia "to see Messi playing at the World Cup."

    He said that he is going to Russia together with six friends and allocated $4,000 for the trip.

    "Maybe it will be not so easy to get there … but it's still Europe so we finally took a decision to travel to Russia. We hope that tickets [for the matches] will be much more affordable than in Brazil," Landa said.

    Players of Argentina celebrate after defeating Ecuador and qualifying to the 2018 World Cup football tournament, in Quito, on October 10, 2017
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    Players of Argentina celebrate after defeating Ecuador and qualifying to the 2018 World Cup football tournament, in Quito, on October 10, 2017

    He said that he had yet to decide what he would do in Russia apart from supporting his national team during World Cup games.

    "I plan to use aircraft and high-speed trains to accompany my team to different Russian cities, such as Moscow and St. Petersburg. I think the distance will not be a problem for me," he concluded. 

    Apart from Uruguay and Argentina, the national teams of Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Honduras and Peru have also made it to the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

    Russia will host the upcoming FIFA World Cup from June 14 through July 15, 2018. The matches will be held in the cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Samara, Saransk, Nizhny Novgorod and Volgograd.

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