Brazil symbolically hands over Cup to Russia

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday symbolically handed over the World Cup to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, whose country will host the 2018 tournament.

The two leaders were joined by FIFA president Sepp Blatter for the ceremony inside the legendary Maracana Stadium before the Germany-Argentina final in Rio de Janeiro.

"I want to congratulate President Rousseff on how the World Cup was organized," Putin said in a FIFA statement. "We will do all we can to organize the event on the highest level."

Blatter presented a signed certificate to mark the handover, while the two presidents were given official match balls.

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