FIFA World Cup 2018: Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend World Cup final

Jul 09, 2018, 18:20 IST | IANS

The Kremlin spokesman reiterated that "the president kept in contact with (chief coach of the team Stanislav) Cherchesov." "(Putin) cheered (for the team) and was aware of all current events," the spokesman stressed

FIFA World Cup 2018: Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend World Cup final
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Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend only the final match of the 2018 FIFA World cup, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, noting that the head of state rooted for the Russian team. "The fact that the president did not attend the matches (of the Russian team) does not mean that (he didn't cheer for the Russian football players) he did root for our team," Peskov said in a conversation with reporters, reports Tass news agency.

The Kremlin spokesman reiterated that "the president kept in contact with (chief coach of the team Stanislav) Cherchesov." "(Putin) cheered (for the team) and was aware of all current events," the spokesman stressed. Peskov explained that "initially, the president's schedule contained no attendance of any games save the opening and closing matches." "We expect the president to attend the closing match," he said.

The Russian team left the tournament, having lost to Croatia via penalty shootout in the World Cup quarter-final on July 7. The World Cup final match will take place on July 15 in Moscow.

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