Federation Internationale de Football Association acknowledges World Cup fever in Bangladesh

General view inside the Samara Arena before the Sweden vs England quarter-final. This stadium hosted six matches of the World Cup. Reuters

General view inside the Samara Arena before the Sweden vs England quarter-final. This stadium hosted six matches of the World Cup. Reuters

Hosts Russia managed to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since the end of the Soviet era, producing their best result at a FIFA World Cup so far, but bowed out of the tournament on Saturday after losing to Croatia on penalties. "We are glad to see you".

"As Russia have dropped out of the fight for the world champions title, most viewers [of the Russia-Croatia match] consider France to be the main favorites to win the tournament, as 27 percent said that they were sure of France's victory".

Zlatko Dalic's men defeated tournament hosts Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties after a topsy-turvy 2-2 stalemate in Sochi on Saturday. "We played for you with your heart and soul, these guys have made history".

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"And now I want to say to English fans: "Guys, get it together, come to Russian Federation and support your national team because they have gotten into the semi-final", she said.

When captain Igor Akinfeev and talisman Artem Dzyuba were handed the microphone to address the fans, all of Vorobyovy Gory was drowned out in applause.

FIFA's official Facebook page on Monday morning acknowledged Bangladeshi peoples' enthusiasm to football by uploading a post containing four images with a caption, "Despite the fact that its team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, World Cup fever has taken over Bangladesh - a country with some of football's most passionate fans".

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