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Putin, FIFA head send main soccer trophy on Russia tour before 2018 World Cup

Putin, FIFA head send main soccer trophy on Russia tour before 2018 World Cup
From Reuters - September 9, 2017

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Saturday launched the World Cup trophy on a tour across Russia ahead of the 2018 championship, with the head of world soccers governing body lauding Russias readiness for the event.

To the people of Russia, I tell them: enjoy and celebrate the trophy tour and then the World Cup. And to the people of the world, I tell them: come to Russia, enjoy Russia and celebrate the World Cup, Infantino said, standing next to Putin on a stage in Moscows Luzhniki stadium.

Surrounded by hundreds of young soccer players, Infantino and Putin took turns to hold the FIFA World Cup in their hands before it started its 123-day, 26,000 km (16,250 mile) journey.

We are starting now the tour...to prepare the whole world for next years event when in this stadium three billion people around the world will watch this trophy being handed over to the next world champion, Infantino said.

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