Russian President Vladimir Putin stated the World Cup has helped to change negative stereotypes about Russia, speaking at a meeting in the Kremlin on Friday with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and former footballing greats including Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel. “People saw that Russia is a hospitable country and is friendly to those who come here,” the Russian president said... Еще. Infantino on his part said that during the World Cup Russia has become “a true football country” adding that “we all fell in love with Russia”. “And this is one of the best World Cups what I saw in the last 40 years. Thank you president, thank you Russia,” former German footballer and coach Lothar Matthaus said. At the end of the meeting the football legends and Infantino presented Putin with a football jersey.