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Vladimir Putin is confident Russia would earn the right to host the World Cup and now the country prepares to give the the most beautiful tournament yet...

Russia is set for World Cup fever for the first time in their history after FIFA announced that the country will host the 2018 tournament this afternoon.

Hopes were thought to be dashed after Vladimir Putin decided not to attend the ceremony in Zurich but the prime minister simply claimed his work was done and he was confident in the bid.

"We deserved this and it will be a tournament of the highest standards," Putin commented to RIA Novosti.

Despite half of Russia preparing for bed with the time difference across this huge country, the usual traffic jams that dominate rush hour in Moscow have been made worse by people getting out their cars to drape flags from their windows.

Commuters on their way home from work are being made aware of the country's successful bid with flags being given out in the city centre. Scenes similar to the mass jubilation that followed victory over the Netherlands in the European Championship in 2008.

This moment during that tournament is well remembered by Russians, most of whom do not follow club football in their own country, and the unity and party atmosphere will bring a wave of anticipation for 2018.

For those involved in football in Russia it is a fairy-tale come true after years of watching events like this on television. Former Zenit St. Petersburg striker Aleksandr Panov commented on the good news.

"This is a first! I was glad we got the Winter Olympics and now the World Cup!" We have to thank [prime minister Vladimir] Putin, although he didn't go to Zurich he was a huge weight behind our bid," Panov told Championat.ru.

"We will have people coming to us from all over the world to defeat this misconception that we are scary, and I am confident the security will be of the highest level for the tournament."

Former Russia coach Valery Gazzaev congratulated all involved in the bid.

"This is a great moment, I want to congratulate everyone who contributed to this historic victory. I think we are ready not just to host, but to host the most beautiful World Cup yet," said Gazzaev.

Russian football will certainly not be the only benefactor from hosting the tournament as families and locals in largely remote parts of Russia will be provided with work and for some it was all too much to take in.

Media interviewing those whose lives will change with the news were reduced to tears and new opportunities and effective transport will enable them to connect and become one with the rest of Russia for the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe.

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