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Vladimir Putin to support Russia's 2018 World Cup bid in Zurich - report

Russia’s prime minister Vladimir Putin has confirmed will travel to Zurich, Switzerland on December 2 when FIFA are set to announce the winning bid to host the 2018 World Cup, according to a report on

Russia are considered one of the favourites to be awarded the pinnacle event, along with England.

Joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Belgium/the Netherlands, as well as the USA are among the candidates to host the tournament as well.

Putin reportedly revealed his plans in a conversation with the head of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov.

"Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has promised to be there on December 2, when FIFA's executive committee makes its final decision,” the official website of the Asian Football Confederation cited Minnikhanov as saying.

Putin previously attended the International Olympic Committee’s session in Guatemala in 2007. The attendance of Putin was believed to be one of the factors that helped Russia win the bid for the 2014 Winter Games.

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