As the World Cup begins, Triangle soccer fans can't wait for 2026

As the World Cup begins, Triangle soccer fans can't wait for 2026

The World Cup kicks off in Moscow on Thursday, with United Kingdom pop star Robbie Williams and Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina set to perform at the opening ceremony held before the first match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The first World Cup held in the U.S.in 1994 still holds the record for the most tickets sold and the most revenue ever generated. Through July 15, the tournament will provide a month of madness to soccer fans around the world and in the area.

Here are 18 photos that show why soccer is the world's most popular game. According to Curt Johnson, President of the North Carolina Football Club, a professional team in Cary, the 1994 World Cup led to incredible growth of the sport in North Carolina.

Sling TV is rolling out features including World Cup Ribbon, which allows users to view a tournament-specific ribbon on "My TV" to see what games are live and to access on-demand content with a single click.

Soccer in the Triangle is already huge.

As for 2018's event?

Soccer is played all over the world, including the snowy slopes of Sestriere, Italy.

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