Robbie Williams set for World Cup opening ceremony


Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho also netted in a comfortable win ahead of Brazil's opening World Cup game against Switzerland next Sunday.

The global football festivities are set to commence on Thursday (14 June), and it will be up to one Robbie Williams to formally kick off the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The star will play to the 80,000-capacity stadium in Moscow before the opening game between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

Turning his attention to the players that will catch the eye, he stated that in every World Cup, a new superstar emerges.

"We once played in freezing conditions in North Korea and finished the game".

Neymar and Co touched down in Russian Federation on Sunday evening and will have a week to prepare for their Group E opener against Switzerland.

The entire squad participated in training including the injured Mohamed Salah who did a personalized workout under the guidance of the Pharaoh's medical staff.

Ronaldo called the opening match "very symbolic".

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But Salah did some light running in Grozny on Monday, monitored by medical staff, as the other Egypt players took part in a group warm-up. On Sunday, the squad had a meeting with a delegation from the World Cup organizing committee.

"It will depend on how far we go, how we're going to finish" at the finals, Messi said in an interview with Spanish daily Sport.

"We've just lost three finals in a row, which has led to us going through some hard moments with the press", the Barcelona forward said.

Brazil's 2014 World Cup at home ended in devastating fashion as they were routed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals.

They will head to Russian Federation in confident mood, having lost only one out of 21 games - a friendly against Argentina - in Tite's two years in charge.

Following the controversy, Williams told fans on Twitter that the song "is definitely not about Mr Putin".

Plans for a feasibility study were put on hold after Qatar World Cup head Hassan Al-Thawadi addressed the ruling council of world football's governing body and FIFA President Gianni Infantino said agreement from the Gulf nation is a "precondition".

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