Twitter Loves Emmanuel Macron's Excited Reactions During World Cup Final

Lynette Rowe
July 16, 2018

President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation could be "proud" of its hosting of the football World Cup, judging it a success "in every respect" after Sunday's (Jul 15) final.

We now know why Putin fought so hard to bring the World Cup to Russian Federation, and why he spent US$13 billion giving numerous 11 host cities their first facelift since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

The Amir also said Qatar has benefited greatly from the Russian experience in organising the most important sporting event in the world, expressing his appreciation and best wishes for the Russian president and the friendly people of Russia.

Putin is likely to try to leverage that Monday when he holds a summit in Finland with US President Donald Trump, and there have been strong signs the American side will be receptive. Eleven host cities, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara, were selected to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup.

"We have fallen in love with Russian Federation".

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Here's a smiling Putin, sporting the only umbrella in sight. Match after match full of goals, and thrilling skill, massive surprises that turned 2018 into the most open tournament in decades - the decline and fall of Germany, Spain and Argentina, Belgium's technical brilliance, Russia's surge, the resurrection of England, Croatia's gritty self-belief and France's schizophrenic brilliance.

Another lawyer Hudson Katumba and women's football enthusiast and soccer player Jean Sseninde also made it to the final of the 21st edition of the Fifa World Cup.

In addition the tournament will be the last to involve 32 teams, with an increase to 48 teams scheduled for the 2026 tournament.

The startling rise appears to come as the government pushes a proposal to raise the eligibility age for state pensions from 60 to 65 for men and from 55 to 63 for women.

Neymar dominated plenty of the World Cup build-up with his fight to overcome a foot injury, but it was his feigning of injury that saw him become the butt of many jokes. The Kremlin is anxious that the issue could seriously reduce support for pro-government candidates in regional elections this fall, the newspaper reported.

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