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2014-07-13 20:29 | Views: 6632
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On the final day of World Cup security measures are enhanced near “Maracana”. You have to walk quite a long distance to reach the stadium. Besides journalists, the police let only ticket holders enter the territory. The military police helicopters are patrolling in the sky. It is natural because lots of officials from different countries will attend the final.

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, and Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, have arrived in Rio. In 2018 World Cup will take place in Russia and Putin will be handed over the baton.

The closing ceremony will be held before the final. Shakira, Carlos Santana, Carlinhos Brown, Wyclef Jean, Alexandre Pires and Ivete Sangalo are participating in it.

In the press center we were given the list of the honorary guests. The match seems to be attended by: Eros Ramazzotti, Carles Puyol, Placido Domingo, LeBron James, Daniel Passarella, Fabio Cannavaro, Lothar Matthaus, Christian Vieri, Olivier Dacourt, Marco Materazzi, Adriana Lima, Gisele Bundchen, Daniel Craig, Ashton Kutcher.

Of course, FIFA president Joseph Blatter, UEFA president Michel Platini and Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, will also attend the match in “Maracana”. Besides them, heads of the FIFA different committees will watch the final from the VIP box.

The special correspondent of newspaper “World Sport” and news agency will attend the World Cup final.

Fans of the Argentine and the German national teams are already gathering in front of “Maracana”. Of course, the Argentines are making much more noise than the Germans. Those fans who do not have tickets will go to “FIFA Fan Fest”.

The final where the Argentine and the German national teams will play each other will start at 16:00 Brazil time.

Lasha Tabagari, special correspondent of from Rio de Janeiro

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