Robbie Williams to perform at star-studded opening ceremony

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

Nobody on the team will be more hungry to deliver than coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, who failed to guide Chile to qualification to the World Cup but still managed to make the tournament himself after landing the Saudi gig in November.

Trump also assured that the United States would hold the tournament "in a similarly open and festive manner" as the 1996 and 2002 Olympic Games that the U.S. hosted, the Times reported.

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

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

Additionally, Russian soprano Aida Garifullina will perform alongside Williams while Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo - a two time World Cup champion - is also present during the opening ceremony, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

The new FIFA World Ranking formula will be more objective and fair than the current one, CEO of the Local Organizing Committee Alexey Sorokin said on Sunday.

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The underlying theme of celebrating not only football but also the host country will be represented by a performance from Garifullina.

The 2018 World Cup is set to begin this week, with 32 nations meeting in Russian Federation to play for the biggest prize in global soccer.

You can check out the World Cup schedule here.

The #MeriDoosriCountry campaign film has been inspired by countless Indian fans who exhibit their undying passion by adopting their favourite football team once every four years during the World Cup.

"And, on 15 July, we will find out for whom this precious dream will come true, back on the same stage, after a month-long festival of football in Russian Federation".

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