Putin Thanks FIFA for Helping Russia in Arranging Confederations Cup

June 17, 2017 6:42 pm
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ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) – Putin also stressed Russia’s "responsibility and decisiveness to hold the Confederations Cup at the top level."

"For the first time in history, our state, Russia, hosts the continents’ strongest teams. First of all, let me express gratitude to [FIFA President] Gianni Infantino for being committed to the sport ideals and for helping in the preparations of this landmark event," Putin said at the opening ceremony of the cup.

Real Madrid's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring their third goal during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales © AFP 2017/ Javier SorianoTop 7 Football Stars That Will Shine Bright at Russia's Confederations Cup (PHOTOS)Putin expressed confidence that the foreign visitors would see Russia as a welcoming and outward-looking state.

The opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup between Russian and New Zealand football teams has started in St. Petersburg.

The Confederations Cup will be held from June 17 to July 2 in the Russian cities of Kazan, Sochi, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Besides Russia and New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico, Cameroon, Chile, Australia and Germany have also sent their national teams to participate in the cup.

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