FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA 2018
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The wait is over! The FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia will kick-off this afternoon at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow with the host country Russia facing Saudi Arabia in a Group A match.
The month-long football festival will see 32 nations battling out for football’s most prestigious trophy.
This will be the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup which started way back in 1930 in Montevideo, with hosts Uruguay beating Argentina 4-2 in the final to claim the first title.
This will be the first tournament to be organised in Eastern Europe, with the next two editions in Qatar and North America respectively.
Germany will be defending the title won in Brazil in 2014.
The inaugural match between Russia and Saudi Arabia will be preceded by a 30-minute opening ceremony which will will have a slightly different format compared to previous editions of the tournament, and will focus on a series of musical acts, with Robbie Williams headlining.
Around 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists will also be performing in an opening extravaganza that will pay homage to Russian culture and history.
Robbie Williams the former Take That star will be joined by celebrated Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.
Opera singer Placido Domingo - who famously soundtracked Italia '90 as one of the Three Tenors alongside Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras will also be performing. Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez will join him.
There will also be a concert held in the city's famous Red Square concurrently with the opening ceremony.