It must be. That is what Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino thinks, it is what the Russians think and it is what numerous coaches, players and pundits have said over the last few days.
Despite a national wave of elation from the World Cup that bathed Russian Federation in a rosy light, President Vladimir Putin will face some challenges in extending the post-soccer glow at home and overseas.
At 33, Cristiano Ronaldo may have played his final game at the World Cup. Oh, and don't forget to check out Putin's personal umbrella holder.
Croatia's players have traipsed back to the dressing room but the majority of their very impressive support is still in the stadium and the overriding impression you get from them is one of pride.
After endlessly praising Russian Federation ahead of Sunday's final, Infantino was asked to respond to critics of this World Cup and the 2022 tournament in Qatar.
The summit's prospects were further clouded Friday by the US indictment of 12 alleged Russian military intelligence agents for sophisticated hacking in the 2016 election. "We, the whole country, received great pleasure from communicating with football, with the world of football, with fans who came to us from all over the world", Putin said. "The World Cup, it's a lot".
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Some lawmakers said they would seek remedies against Russian Federation in Congress. "I think he is a very bad person", Mr. Trump said he was hoping that Tehran " will call us and we'll maybe make a new deal ".
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A wide array of Republican and Democratic lawmakers condemned Trump's position, calling it embarrassing , a disgrace and shameful. The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate.
Oh, we also had Ronaldinho on bongos before the match, the World Cup trophy arriving in a Louis Vuitton travel case and the winners receiving their medals under umbrellas as the heavens opened. Messi's chance of winning the World Cup may be over, too, with the Barcelona star 35 at the next tournament. The Kremlin is anxious that the issue could seriously reduce support for pro-government candidates in regional elections this fall, the newspaper reported.
"I think there are many injustices in the world", FiFA's Italian president started.
There were nearly no protests, though four demonstrators barged onto the field during the final and were quickly hauled away. Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for the incident - watched from the VIP seats by Putin, whose government once jailed members of the activist group.
"We appreciate the millions of good words spoken by guests of the championship against Russian Federation and our people are happy that they enjoyed his hospitality and openness, nature, culture, and traditions of our great country".
Croatia's footballers and their coach will return home as national heroes-a status they fully deserve after their contribution to this spectacular World Cup and their all-out approach to this final. "But what will happen when it ends?" Dramatic late goals, unexpected results and the tension created by the Video Assistance Referee are just some of the elements that will ensure this tournament is likely to always hold a special place in the hearts and minds of fans who witnessed it.
When Croatia threatened to come back once more early in the second half, Pogba and Mbappe's strikes from the edge of the area past the static Danijel Subasic-who still looked less than fully fit after injuring a hamstring in the quarter-final against Russia-proved the defining passage of this final.