Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino: Sergey Guneev / RIA Novosti
The President of the International football Federation (FIFA), Gianni Infantino during a speech at a gala evening in the Bolshoi theatre has summed up the world Cup in Russia. His words leads “CHempionata”.
“Unfortunately, I don’t speak Russian but I will learn. As the President said Vladimir Putin, friends are always welcome in Russia, for sure, and we’ll come back here. Today, the world is here,” said Infantino.
The FIFA President thanked the players, referees, fans and the host country of the tournament for the world Cup. “Russia has become a real football country. Forget hockey, all winter sports, because now it’s official: Russia is purely a football country. For that you should thank the game team Russia — Cherchesova, guest book…”, — he added.
Infantino previously called the world championship the best in history. According to the functionary, the tournament has raised more than three billion viewers and attracted more than a million fans in Russia.
The world championship will end on July 15. In the final at the stadium “Luzhniki” will meet the national teams of Croatia and France.
Video, photo All from Russia.