Putin gives World Cup fans visa-free entry into Russian Federation all year


President Emmanuel Macron, whose enthusiasm soared with each goal as France marched toward World Cup victory on Sunday, expressed his thanks to the young team on Twitter after congratulating the players on the pitch in Moscow. We started timidly. We knew it was a World Cup Final.

After an enthralling finish to the World Cup in Russia, President Vladimir Putin announced that foreign visitors holding the "fan id" could have visa-free entry to the Russian Federation until the end of 2018. I'd also like to express my gratitude to the members of the Russian Federation 2018 Local Organising Committee, who are helping our colleagues from the Qatar 2022 Organising Committee.

Yesterday's game was the 64th match of a World Cup tournament that has been rated the best ever by Fifa President Gianni Infantino. We are proud of what we've managed to achieve for fans of this wonderful sport.

"We ourselves, the whole country, got an enormous amount of pleasure from interacting with soccer, with the world of soccer and with the fans that came here from all over the globe".

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His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, The Amir of Qatar was a special guest at the 2018 World Cup final as France won the trophy for a second time beating Croatia 4-2.

For the young president, it's somewhat akin to what Napoleon Bonaparte is supposed to have said of his military commanders: never mind their skill, "give me lucky generals". We hope to enjoy a fruitful partnership until 2022.

The stadia aim to employ cooling technology capable of reducing temperatures within the stadium by up to 20 °C (36 °F), and the upper tiers of the stadiums will be disassembled after the World Cup and donated to countries with less developed sports infrastructure.

"Behind this (World Cup) success lies huge preparatory, operational, analytical and information work, we operated at maximum capacity and concentration", said Putin.