Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Vladimir Putin Gives World Cup Fans Visa-Free Russia Entry All Year

Vladimir Putin Gives World Cup Fans Visa-Free Russia Entry All Year

While France manager Didier Deschamps became only the third man to win the World Cup as captain and manager, 19-year-old youngster Kylian Mbappe bagged the FIFA Young Player award.

Incredible scenes out of the capital on Monday as 550,000 fans welcomed home Croatia's World Cup finalists, reports and Vecernji List on July 16, 2018.

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Fans at this World Cup however "showed that sport and football can manage not to divide people and not lead to fights and disputes, but unite people on the basis of common values", Putin said.

"Russia is handing over the relay baton for hosting the FIFA World Cup to Qatar".

Russia-bashing was on full-display, with influential Twitter handles taking a shot at President Putin, accusing him of ill-treating his guests and respected foreign dignitaries. The FIFA president expressed his happiness with the ceremony saying "it's so important that we can be here today in the iconic place of the Kremlin to pass the World Cup hosting rights from the organiser of the 2018 World Cup to the organiser of the 2022 World Cup".

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The performance of sides like Croatia, Belgium, Sweden, Uruguay and Russian Federation and the rise of others like Japan, Senegal and South Korea made this a most entertaining, suspenseful and globalised World Cup.

After France defeated Croatia in the championship match Sunday, Nike was quick to celebrate the country's second-ever World Cup victory by publicizing the addition of a second star to the team's kit.

His Highness the Amir left Moscow on Sunday evening.

When he wasn't standing and feeling victorious, he sat with his wife Brigitte Macron, as well as leader Vladimir Putin of host country Russian Federation.

In the past Perkovic, whose repertoire is dominated by patriotic songs, has been banned from giving concerts in several European countries because of his sympathies for Croatia's notorious World War II pro-Nazi Ustasha regime.

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