Here's the biggest takeaway for the 2022 World Cup

Paola Ditto
Luglio 18, 2018

Putin was given his jersey on July 7 at the Kremlin, just hours before his nation's team faced Croatia in the quarter-final.

Non-political guests will include 100-metre world record holder Usain Bolt and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

He said the country was "thankful for the millions of kind words that the World Cup guests said about Russian Federation and our people".

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic says the country should use the feel-good factor to drive reform and pull out of an economic crisis.

French president Emmanuel Macron and his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who shared the stage with the controversial leader, were happy enough to get soaked in rain and celebrate the historic moment.

One of those two teams will become World Cup champion later Sunday.

Grabar-Kitarovic steered clear of sensitive issues, such as the pro-Ukrainian sentiment among some Croatian soccer players at the World Cup that has angered the tournament's Russian hosts.

Putin said Russian Federation could be "proud" of its hosting of the football World Cup, judging it a success "in every respect" after final. He said passion, emotion, love, family and unity were the sentiments felt at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and these will be transferred to Qatar in 2022.

The 2022 World Cup may be four years away, but soccer fans are already looking forward to the next tournament. We played well in the first 20 minutes, we controlled the game.

"We can not but feel sad that this spectacular football festival, which had given us so many happy moments, vivid impressions and new friends, is nearly over", Putin said.

One social media user said: "The heartbroken Croatia president looks graceful in defeat hugging every player!" Nevertheless, the Croatian players were hailed as heroes upon returning home.

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