Argentina’s Nestor Pitana has been assigned as the referee for the Opening Match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup between Сборная России по футболу and Saudi Arabia on Thursday 14 June at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
“It is hard to look beyond the World Cup, the biggest sporting event in the world. It is the one competition everybody dreams of winning. Obviously I understand you’ve got the UEFA Champions League and Premier League – so many big competitions – every season. But, for me, I don’t think it gets much bigger than the World Cup. I would love to win everything with Tottenham but, for me personally, the World Cup outweighs them all.”
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