Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev attended the opening match of FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup between the Russian and New Zealand national teams, at the Zenit Arena in St. Petersburg, Saturday.
The Russian president gave a speech in front of tens of thousands of football fans, stating “I wish all the success to teams and fans. Dear friends, let’s watch football! Welcome to Russia!”
The match ended with victory for Russia 2-0, with goals by Denis Glushakov and Fedor Smolov.
This year’s Confederations Cup will be held in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan from 17 June to 2 July, 2017, as a lead-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018. Eight teams will compete in 16 matches for the 2017 Confederations Cup title.
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Brazilian footballing legend Pele during a break at the opening Confederations Cup match between Russia and New Zealand, in St Petersburg on Saturday.
More than 50,000 fans filled the stands of St. Petersburg’s Zenit Arena stadium, among them the three-time World Cup winner Pele, and FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
The match ended in a 2-0 victory for Russia, with goals from Denis Glushakov and Fedor Smolov. The hosts will go on to face Portugal on June 21, who play Mexico on Sunday.
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