14 July 2014, 02:43

World Cup handover ceremony takes place at the "Maracana" stadium

World Cup handover ceremony takes place at the "Maracana" stadium

The stadium "Maracana" in Rio de Janeiro held a symbolic handover ceremony of the World Cup from Brazil to Russia, where will be held the next tournament - in 2018. The ceremony was attended by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), Joseph Blatter. Reported the press office of FIFA.

The closing ceremony of the World Cup ended at the stadium "Maracana"

FIFA president presented the signed certificate, which marked the transfer of the tournament, and Rousseff and Putin signed the official soccer balls, informs ITAR-TASS.

"World Cup in Brazil has shown us how important the spiritual unity, communication between people, peace and the fight against all sorts of discrimination - Blatter said. - We enjoyed this World Cup and see that it will leave mark in the history of Brazil. At the same time it puts additional responsibility to the next country, but I am sure that Russia will manage to deal with these obligations and will present us a beautiful championship in 2018, which we will remember. "

Rousseff added: "Brazil is proud to have held the biggest football event in the world. During the last 30 days the whole world has been connected to Brazil, rejoiced goals and gave a lot of emotions to all 12 cities where the matches were held. All this has made this World Cup the best one. I'm sure everyone who came to Brazil, tourists and delegations, will remember our hospitality and joy. We, Brazilians, will also never forget this tournament. I wish Russians great success in the organization of the World Cup in 2018. "

"I want to congratulate President Rousseff to the organization of the tournament," - said Putin. - Football helps to solve social problems. Our task is to create conditions for coaches, players, fans and experts. I am grateful to FIFA President Joseph Blatter and his colleagues for the honor to host world championship. We will do our best to hold it at the highest level. "

The first major event in preparation for the World Cup in Russia will take place next July in St. Petersburg, which will host the qualifying draw.

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