Putin lands in Zurich to thank FIFA executive committee

09:22, December 03, 2010      

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Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks to the media during a news conference after the announcement that Russia will host the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Zurich December 2, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrived in Zurich on Thursday night after the FIFA announced Russia to be the host of 2018 World Cup, Swiss media reported.

It is said that Putin's jet landed on Zurich airport at about 2050 CET and a press conference is held after his arrival.

The Russian Prime Minister, who had decided to immediately jet off to Zurich to thank the FIFA executive committee in person, also told media that "Russia knows and loves football, and our country has everything for conducting the 2018 World Cup at a very worthy level."

After voting in Zurich earlier in the day, the FIFA executive committee awarded Russia and Qatar the rights to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively.

It would be the first time for the World Cup to come to Russia and the entire eastern Europe.

Source: Xinhua


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