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

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

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

Tournament matches will take place at 11 venues across the country, taking teams as far east as Ekaterinburg and as far south as Sochi.

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.

Russian Federation built on its reputation for lavish spending on sporting events, investing billions of dollars into preparations for the 2018 World Cup, the worldwide soccer tournament that will feature 32 teams playing in 11 cities across the country this month.

Robbie Williams will fulfil his childhood dream and open the Football World Cup. Both the opening match and the final will be played at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, along with several other matches through both stages of the tournament. In the 1990s, Williams was a part of the pop group "Take That".

Host nation Russian Federation kicks off the tournament Thursday morning when it takes on Saudi Arabia in Moscow at 9 a.m.

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

Williams will be joined by Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, and - presumably not on vocals - former Brazilian worldwide Ronaldo, who was in the winning team in 1994 and 2002, The Guardian reported.

Nestor Pitana is set to become the second Argentinian referee to participate in two World Cups after Norberto Coerezza, who oversaw two games in 1970 and one in 1978.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News.