Thursday, 18 October, 2018


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

Thomas Meunier Belgium Robbie Williams to open World Cup despite Party Like A Russian track
Hannah Rogers | 13 June, 2018, 09:49

"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".

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

The 42-year-old, who officiated during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, will be in charge for the Group A match at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Williams said he was "happy and excited" about the "unique performance" in front of 80,000 fans and many millions all over the world and that it was a boyhood dream.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony will have a slightly different format compared to previous editions of the tournament.

The Green Falcons are taking part for the 5th time in the FIFA World Cup.

David Silva Spain

Read on for a look at what to know ahead of the opening ceremony.

Stephen Doughty, a Labour Member of Parliament on the Home Affairs Committee exploring suspicious deaths of Russians on British soil, claimed it is "surprising and disappointing" that Williams had "agreed to be paid by Russia and FIFA".

Federation Internationale de Football Association has confirmed that 2.4 million tickets have already been sold for the 64-game competition, which will kick off Thursday when the hosts face Saudi Arabia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

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

Germany's Miroslav Klose holds the record for the most goals in World Cup history, having scored 16 in 24 matches.

The New York Times reviewed the letters and first reported on them.

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