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Robbie Williams set for World Cup opening ceremony

Robbie Williams set for World Cup opening ceremony

British singer Robbie Williams is among acts set to perform in the Luzhniki Stadium here during the Opening Ceremony of the FIFA World Cup on Thursday (June 14).

"The telecast of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will be done in six languages".

Despite the distances they have to travel to attend games in Russian Federation, competing nations from the Americas dominate the top 10 in terms of tickets sold to date.

Following the decision of world football body, FIFA, to overhaul its monthly ranking system to make standing more fair and logical, the Super Eagles and many other nations that have won matches against stronger nations are in position to profit in the new order.

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.

Robbie's appearance will also see him joining forces with Russian soprano Aida Garifullina for a one-off duet.

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Williams said he was "happy and excited" and that the performance was the fulfilment of a boyhood dream, promising an "unforgettable show".

A south American team has never won the World Cup in Europe, while Germany are aiming to be the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the trophy.

The event, kicking off June 14, will take place in various cities across Russian Federation, from Moscow to St. Petersburg to Sochi.

Previous performers at the World Cup include Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte in 2014 in Brazil, while 2010's three-hour event in Johannesburg featured performances from Rihanna, Shakira, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber.

Fox Sports has the exclusive broadcasting rights to this year's World Cup, meaning you can catch the matches on Fox, Fox Sports 1, FoxSports.com and via the Fox Sports GO app. India was scheduled to start their campaign in the 1950 World Cup on June 25 against Paraguay and their league fixtures would have finished by July 3.