Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Robbie Williams set for World Cup opening ceremony

Robbie Williams set for World Cup opening ceremony

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

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.

Argentina's Nestor Pitana has been assigned as the referee for the Opening Match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia on Thursday 12 June at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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Robbie Williams set for World Cup opening ceremony

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All the 23-man squads of the nations participating at the World Cup have been announced and the tournament is ready to get underway.

The ceremony will begin half an hour before the game kicks off at 6pm local time (4pm BST).

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The Opening Ceremony will be produced by Russia's Channel One and the "creative concept" will be developed by Felix Mikhailov, who has directed other World Cup events including the preliminary and main draw.

"I never imagined I would be part of this huge celebration, the World Cup, happening in my own country", says the soloist from the Vienna State Opera.

"The image that I will be presenting to the whole world will be very symbolic and associated with a dream coming to life".

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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. "Of course it is also an emotional one for the hosts".

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

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