Putin Officially Opens World Cup In Russia

Bolivian President Evo Morales (3L), FIFA president Gianni Infantino (C-L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (C-R) attend a gala-concert dedicated to the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament at Red Square in Moscow on June 13, 2018. PHOTO: SERGEI CHIRIKOV / POOL / AFP


Russian President Vladimir Putin officially opened the World Cup on Thursday at a ceremony in Moscow’s 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium.

Minutes before host nation Russia kicked off against Saudi Arabia in the first match of the tournament, Putin said: “I congratulate all of you at the start of the most important championship in the world.”


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