Brazil Symbolically Hands Over World Cup to Russia

In a separate statement, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the country had held a successful World Cup "that was not perfect only because the sixth championship did not happen" for Brazil's national team.

updated: July 14, 2014 14:37 IST
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(From L) Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, FIFA President Joseph Blatter and Russia's President Vladimir Putin pose during handing over of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to Russia on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro.


Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday symbolically handed over the World Cup to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, whose country will host the 2018 tournament.

The two leaders were joined by FIFA president Sepp Blatter for the ceremony inside the legendary Maracana Stadium before the Germany-Argentina final in Rio de Janeiro. (Germans Beat Argentina to Win Fourth World Cup Title)

"I want to congratulate President Rousseff on how the World Cup was organized," Putin said in a FIFA statement. "We will do all we can to organize the event on the highest level."

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