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According to Pletikosa, Nizhny Novgorod was the best venue of the World Cup

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The retired Croatian goalkeeper loved the atmosphere surrounding the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa has said that the Nizhny Novgorod stadium was the best venue of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The tournament was played a year ago, with the one-year-anniversary just four days ago.

“It was the very first stadium of the World Cup arenas, which I visited and it was back in May 2018,” Pletikosa told TASS.

“This is when I realized that the world championship in Russia will be one of the best in the history of World Cups.”

“I have played many times in Nizhny Novgorod against [local football clubs] Volga and Nizhny Novgorod and it impressed me how the stadium changed,” he added.

“The stadium was built in a very beautiful location and it was the best one of the all 2018 World Cup stadiums.”

“I remember that upon my visit to Nizhny Novgorod I told [Russian team’s Head Coach] Stanislav Cherchesov that I believed in him and in the success of the Russian team,” he continued.

“So we can say that only one Croatian believed in him at that time more than the majority of Russians.”

“I knew what he [Cherchesov] was capable of because he was my coach as well,” the former goalkeeper concluded.