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"The most coveted trophy will be won by the team showing the most resilience. I would like to wish success to all the teams and I call upon all loyal fans to come to Russia and enjoy the finals of 2018," Putin said during the official 2018 FIFA World Cup draw at the Kremlin State Palace here.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who was also present at the ceremony, thanked the Russian people for working hard to bring the FIFA World Cup to their country.
"Thank you to all the Russian people who have worked hard over the last seven years to bring us one step further to the final tournament. Thanks to all 11 Host Cities who are doing a tremendous job," Infantino said.
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