Russia: Putin awards state honours to Russian football team following WC run

Russian President Vladimir Putin presented the members of the Russian national football team with state awards at the Kremlin in Moscow on Saturday. Putin thanked the footballers for their performance during the World Cup in Russia, saying that they had demonstrated «unity, perseverance, and will.» He also mentioned that during the recent BRICS summit in South Africa, «almost everyone talked... Еще about the high-quality, good, and worthy» performance of the Russian team, who made it to the quarter-final round of the tournament before being knocked out by eventual finalists Croatia. Russian national football team coach Stanislav Cherchesov said that his team did its job «not for the awards,» but because they «represent Russia, the dignity, and the honour of our country.» Stanislav Cherchesov was awarded the order of Alexander Nevsky. The team captain Igor Akinfeev and defender Sergei Ignashevich received the Order of Honour.

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