World Cup 2018 opening ceremony performers, start time and how to watch

Thomas Meunier Belgium

Thomas Meunier Belgium

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

The United States will send more visiting supporters to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation than any other nation, despite the failure of the national team to qualify for the tournament.

Others who are among the all-time leading goalscorers in FIFA World Cup history, according to Transfermarkt, are Jurgen Klinsmann, Sandor Kocsis, Teofilo Cubillas, Grzegorz Lato, Thomas Muller, Helmut Rahn, Gabriel Batistuta and Gary Lineker.

"The opening match is always a very symbolic one - it is that instant when you realise that the big moment you, as a player or fan, have been waiting for for four years has finally arrived", he said.

The striker, broke the previous record in the 2014 tournament, featured in four World Cups and won the Golden Boot award in the 2006 edition. Once the Opening Ceremony concludes, Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia will kick off the tournament for real.

David Silva Spain

Federation Internationale de Football Association did not comment on whether the song would form part of Williams' performance, saying the set list would be kept as a "surprise".

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.

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

With the controversial Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system making its World Cup debut, Italy's Massimiliano Irrati is the designated VAR official in Moscow.

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

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