Putin thanked FIFA for its commitment to the ideals of sport

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pescaprae in fotobanka the International Federation of football Gianni Infantino and Vladimir Putin at St. Petersburg before the match of the confederations Cup 2017. 17 Jun 2017Putin thanked FIFA for its commitment to the ideals of sport© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pescaprae the image Bank

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked the International football Federation (FIFA) for its commitment to the ideals of sport and the Russian Federation assistance in the preparation of the confederations Cup.

The confederations Cup opened Saturday in St. Petersburg the match between Russia and New Zealand. The competition will also be held in Moscow, Kazan and Sochi, and it will be finished on 2 July.

The President called the confederations Cup a «big football feast».

«For the first time in the history of the strongest team of the continent is taking our country, Russia. First of all, let me Express my gratitude to FIFA, you, Mr Infantino (President of FIFA), for their commitment to the ideals of the sport, for the credibility of our country, for cooperation and assistance in preparation of this momentous event, momentous championship that will be a dress rehearsal for the world Cup 2018», — said Putin at the opening of the confederations Cup.

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