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Double Champions League victor Mourinho earlier predicted that England would emerge from their World Cup group as winners - setting up a predicted match with Poland in the last 16.

The Trophy Tour has been a great platform to get the entire world and the host country excited for the 2018 FIFA World Cup that kicks off in less than one week. The Americans' bid to host 2022 was usurped by Qatar in the vote in 2010, and it's been a long eight years for the right to bid again to bring the showpiece event back.

The Swiss was in charge of football's global governing body at the time Russian Federation was awarded the tournament in December 2010, before his reign ended amid a corruption scandal involving FIFA.

Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015.

Simon Chadwick, professor of sports enterprise at Salford University, told the Guardian: "As Fifa is now seen as a toxic brand that many western companies do not want to be associated with, China is seizing the opportunity".

"After a long journey, the fourth edition of the Trophy Tour concluded in Russia's capital Moscow, the same city where the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino launched this remarkable tour nearly nine months ago at Luzhniki Stadium", said FIFA Chief Commercial Officer Philippe Le Floc'h.

"The organisation will also be hoping for a positive response from sponsors to the "Fifa 2" modernising reforms introduced by president Gianni Infantino in 2016". "It can probably look forward to support from Middle Eastern brands seeking to capitalise on the region's first World Cup".

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