World Football Insider Exclusive Interview with Russia Sport Minister: Putin to be “Hands-On” for World Cup

Vitaly Mutko speaks exclusively to World Football Insider about Russia’s bid to host the World Cup.

Online PR News – 11-December-2009 – – Russia’s sports minister says Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will be very much involved in his nation's bid for the World Cup, much as he was with Sochi's successful bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Vitaly Mutko speaks exclusively to World Football Insider about Russia’s bid to host the World Cup.

Mutko, who is Minister for Sport, Tourism, and Youth, spoke with WFI correspondent James Corbett about the bid at the World Cup bid expo in Cape Town last week. The entire interview can be seen at Visit to sign up for FREE news bulletins from WFI.

“Vitaly Mutko is one of the rising stars of the global sports administration and is probably the key figure behind Russia’s bid, “WFI editor Mark Bisson said. “He rarely grants one-on-one interviews to western journalists. This shows that World Football Insider continues to be the go-to source for exclusive and breaking news about the business of world football.”

Mutko also discussed his new position as a FIFA Executive Committee member and problems Russia will face in the contest to host World Cup 2018 / 2022. A record 12 countries are bidding for the two cups. They include Australia, England, Indonesia, Japan, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, United States and Beligum-Netherlands and Portugal-Spain in joint bids.

It is the latest exclusive interview with World Cup bid leaders from World Football Insider, the leading news source for the global soccer business. WFI's series of Q and A’s with leaders of 2018 and 2022 bidding countries so far include Hassan Al Thawadi, CEO of Qatar 2022, published Oct. 7, Harry Been, CEO of Holland-Belgium, 2018 published Nov. 12 and David Downs, executive director of U.S. 2018/2022, published Nov. 27.

Another WFI exclusive -- footage from the on-the-scene coverage at Soccerex in South Africa is now available at

WFI publisher Sheila Scott Hula and correspondent James Corbett attended the Soccerex convention in Johannesburg. The sessions included keynote speeches by FIFA President Sepp Blatter, World Cup Organizing Committee CEO Danny Jordaan and German football legend Franz Beckenbauer. WFI was also the first to report from Soccerex that Ireland had requested to be the 33rd team for next year’s World Cup following the illegal play by Thierry Henry that sent France to the Cup instead of Ireland.

“World Football Insider delivered on its promise to provide on-the-scene coverage at the largest football conference this year,” Hula said. “With correspondents around the world, World Football Insider will continue its on-the-scene coverage, exclusive interviews and breaking news so that our readers will be the first to know about major developments.”

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