Robbie Williams to open World Cup despite Party Like A Russian track

Robbie Williams to open World Cup despite Party Like A Russian track

"I don't know if that can happen, but what I hope is that the national team does its best in the World Cup and that we can come home with the trophy", stated Ronaldo.

Smith will be performing the World Cup's anthem alongside Kosovan singer Era Istrefi and Nicky Jam.

Federation Internationale de Football Association says the opening ceremony will take place much closer to kick-off than usual, just 30 minutes before the start of the opening match.

The Opening Ceremony will be produced by Russia's Channel One and the "creative concept" will be developed by Felix Mikhailov, who has directed other World Cup events including the preliminary and main draw.

The opening ceremony will take place at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Another date to remember is June 28, when England take on Belgium in their final Group G encounter.

Take a look below at all of the venues that will host World Cup matches across Russian Federation over the next month.

Additionally, Russian soprano Aida Garifullina will perform alongside Williams while Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo - a two time World Cup champion - is also present during the opening ceremony, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Williams said he was "happy and excited" and that the performance was the fulfilment of a boyhood dream.

After a 20-year absence at the global showpiece, Morocco will make an appearance in the 2018 World Cup and the odds are against them since they have been placed in a group with tough teams, Spain and Portugal.

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