The Fifa president Gianni Infantino encountered opposition to yet another of his proposals in Moscow on Sunday as members of football's governing body made a decision to shelve plans for an expanded 48-team World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
The tournament bracket below shows how Goldman sees the World Cup unfolding.
"On Friday I pick the team".
Turning his attention to the players that will catch the eye, he stated that in every World Cup, a new superstar emerges.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation begins on Thursday, and head of the long-awaited tournament, we have looked at some potential breakthrough stars who are all playing in their first World Cups, including two African starlets, as well as the most expensive teenager of all-time!
For most of us football fans, the name Diego Maradona rings a bell. Factor in the Germans' uncanny ability to produce their best form at big moments during big tournaments, all objective analyses should have the Germans as clear favourites for the title.
"Come the France game, we're going to be ready. and giving ourselves opportunities to win this game", the Brighton stopper warned."We can't wait for Saturday".
Brazil's golden boy Neymar arrived in Russian Federation on Sunday evening carrying the nation's hopes on his back. It also holds the record of the best overall performance in World Cup, with a record of 70 victories in 104 matches played.
European tournaments, though, nearly always produce home winners. Until recently, European teams did not travel well, but Spain's success in South Africa and Germany's triumph in Brazil bucked the trend.
"The image that I will be presenting to the whole world will be very symbolic and associated with a dream coming to life". I am not holding my breath, though.
Traditionally one of the World Cup's real powerhouse nations having won the tournament in both 1978 and 1986, not to mention finishing runners-up in 1930, 1990 and 2014, City fans will undoubtedly be casting an eagle eye on the fortunes of La Albiceleste.
Four years later, playing as hosts under Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil were overly dependent on Neymar as they muddled their way through to the semi-finals before losing 7-1 to Germany, when he was injured.