Putin going to Zurich to thank FIFA

AFP, Thursday 2 Dec 2010

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he would go to Zurich to thank FIFA for awarding Russia the right to host the 2018 World Cup


"I would like to thank the members of the FIFA executive committee for their decision, that they trusted us with staging the football World Cup," Putin said in televised remarks.

The Russian prime minister, who spearheaded the campaign to bring his country the world's most-watched sporting event for the first time, said he would travel to Zurich later Thursday.

"I would like to assure the FIFA leadership that we will do everything possible to ensure that the 2018 football World Cup is staged at a deserving level," Putin said.

Russia beat off competition from England, Spain/Portugal and Netherlands/Belgium.

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