Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

Colombia (65,234), Mexico (60,302), Argentina (54,031) and Peru (43,583) have all outsold England, traditionally one of the best-backed teams at a major tournament, who have so far seen just over 32,000 tickets bought in that country.

The 41-year-old looks back fondly on past World Cup curtain-raisers and is relishing being involved at Russian Federation 2018.

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

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said this year's opening ceremony will have a "slightly different format", focusing on "musical acts and will take place much closer to kick-off".

The Egyptian national team have continued their preparations in their training camp in Grozny, Russia ahead of their opening game against Uruguay on June 15 in the 2018 World Cup's Group A.

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However, FIFA noted that the new Elo method which was first used in chess and later tennis then in other sports for a number of years and is even involved in calculating the women's world rankings, with a specific version (SUM) developed especially to take into account FIFA's considerations. "I've done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream", Williams said in a statement.

The former Take That star will perform at the opening ceremony at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium along with Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.

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.

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