Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

Robbie Williams will help kick off The World Cup in Russian Federation

Robbie Williams will help kick off The World Cup in Russian Federation

"Please understand that the track list for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Fifa World Cup has been agreed between the artists, Fifa, and the local organising committee, who would like to keep this as a surprise for the public until the show". Morocco will play the last game in the first round of the World Cup against Spain on June 25 in Kaliningrad.

Before departing to Russia, Brazil defeated Austria 3:0 in a friendly match.

The Selecao superstar moved to 55 goals in 85 caps, equaling the record of 1994 World Cup victor Romario.

The "Angels" icon will perform to a crowd of 80,000 people at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday, shortly before the opening game between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia. In the event that the 68th FIFA Congress decides not to choose either of the candidates, FIFA will then launch a new procedure by inviting all member associations - except the four that are taking part in the current process - to submit a bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Fans shouted "Austral-iya" several times during training and also "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, go, go, go".


While the European teams do jump on the next few slots but in terms of fans from countries who have not qualified for FIFA World Cup, India stands at the third spot.

A big question mark hangs over the participation of Egypt and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, who is still receiving treatment for the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final. A total of 16 cities were proposed for the opening match, including Los Angeles, Mexico City and New York City/New Jersey.

Organisers FIFA said the opening ceremony will have a "slightly different format" to previous years and focus on musical acts.

Nainggolan is renowned for the quality of his passing and the consistency of his play and is widely regarded as being one of the leading central midfielders in Serie A. He also possesses an abundance of experience at global level and was part of the Belgian squad that competed at Euro 2016.

Talks on exploring a 48-team World Cup in 2022 have been taken off the agenda at FIFA's annual congress.

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