Blatter: Russia has good chance for 2018

MOSCOW - FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Russia has a good chance to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup when he met Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

"I have taken a genuine liking for the Russian bid," Blatter told Putin through a translator during their meeting at the government headquarters in Moscow.

"Your bid is very good and if you continue with the same ambition you have good chances."

Last week, Russia launched its ambitious bid to bring the soccer's most prestigious event to the world's largest country for the first time.

Football's world governing body FIFA will announce the 2018 and 2022 hosts in December 2010.