Robbie Williams to perform at star-studded opening ceremony

FIFA announced Sunday that it has chosen its two finalists for hosting the 2026 World Cup

"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.

The 41-year-old looks back fondly on past World Cup curtain-raisers and is relishing being involved at Russian Federation 2018.

The same is true for Argentina, who have the attacking ability to blitz any team in the tournament but too often end up relying heavily on Lionel Messi.

"We are happy to introduce a new format for the FIFA World Cup opening and closing ceremonies, in terms of their duration and start time closer to kick-off", says Mikhailov.

Meanwhile, Russia's 17,000-member police trade union has warned that overstretched police staffing at the tournament could lead to "grave consequences" for overall security.

The 44-year-old said in a statement on Monday that performing at the World Cup was "a boyhood dream" and it would be "an unforgettable show".

Reuters contributed reporting to this article.

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As is the norm, the hosts will play the opener and just 30 minutes before Russia's Group A clash with Saudi Arabia, Williams and Co. will enthral the thousands in attendance and millions watching worldwide with their virtuoso performances.

It's a sentiment Goldman Sachs seems to have taken to heart when compiling its forecast for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is set to kick off on June 14.

"I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance", said Williams.

Russian Federation vs Saudi Arabia kicks off at 4pm United Kingdom time (6pm in Moscow).

Sergey Knyazev, a member of the National Association of Event Organisers, reportedly told pro-Kremlin news channel Life News at the time: "This will upset those who previously wanted him to perform, who brought him to Moscow, or wanted him to perform at their events overseas".

ITV have broadcast rights to the first match of the tournament and the show beforehand.

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