The 2018 World Cup football has injected 12.5 billion euros into the Russian economy, more than 1% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), today announced the organizing committee of the event, won by France in the final disputed with Croatia (4- 2).
The head of the World Cup organizing committee2018 Alexei Sorokin presented a report on the economic, social and ecological benefits of the race that the Russians received from June 14 to July 15 during a visit to Qatar, which will host the World Cup2022.
According to this report, Mundial2018 generated around 12.5 billion euros for the Russian economy between 2013 and 2018, corresponding to 1.1% of its GDP.
"The numbers in this report are staggering," said Alexei Sorokin, who was speaking at a conference on the next edition of the World Cup to be held in Qatar in 2022.
The report, drawn up by the Russian committee, also states that between 2013 and 2018 315,000 new jobs were created each year and that the positive effects of the World2018 on the economy will continue for another five years.
It was not indicated whether this report was overseen by an international body, such as FIFA.
The World Cup 2014 raised many fears, especially in terms of possible acts of violence by the hooligans, but ran without any significant incident and ended with France's victory in the final against Croatia (4-2).
FIFA President Gianni Infantino considered the World Cup 2018 to be "the best of all time" at the time.