What They're Saying: Vladimir Putin

“We are all hoping that our players will be fully in the game, will give themselves entirely. And most importantly, that they play the strong-willed, uncompromising soccer that the fans value and love.”

-- Russian President Vladimir Putin weighing in on the World Cup host team, which has failed to reach the knockout stage of the three previous World Cups in which it has taken part. Its current team is considered one of the weakest squads a host nation has ever assembled. (Reuters)
1 comment about "What They're Saying: Vladimir Putin".
  1. Wooden Ships, May 5, 2018 at 1:07 p.m.

    You think Putin was thinking of our qualifying effort and reminding his national team to show up, all in? Had our current President stated as much during the last of the run-up a few of our snowflakes and Coach might have objected. Sorry, still very disappointed, even when I saw it coming after Brazil.

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