British singer Robbie Williams flips off global audience in World Cup perfomance

British singer Robbie Williams flips off global audience in World Cup perfomance

"If it happens, we should have some fun World Cup events here in 2026", Kraft said.

The former Nigeria worldwide striker had earlier made an impassioned plea to the Congress to back a bid for another World Cup in Africa after South Africa hosted the 2010 tournament.

English musician Robbie Williams performs during the Russia World Cup opening ceremony before the tournament's first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14, 2018 at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

First of all, Williams opened up with a rousing rendition of "Let Me Entertain You", a song which was originally released a year before the 1998 World Cup.

The opening ceremony is supposed to begin half an hour before Russian Federation get the tournament underway against Saudi Arabia.

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Wednesday morning, Federation Internationale de Football Association announced that it accepted the United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the 2026 World Cup. I love Saudi Arabia as well of course, but I would like Russian Federation to at least perform because the past games have not been very good.

Since 2006, every new edition of the FIFA World Cup™ has brought with it the promise of a new Trophy Tour travelling and touching down in new cities and meeting new fans. Ahead of Thursday's opening ceremony, many onlookers had criticised Robbie for accepting the gig.

This time, the ceremony will focus on musical acts and will take place much closer to kick-off, just half an hour before the start of the match, which is scheduled for 18:00 (local time). Around 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists will also be performing in an opening extravaganza that will pay homage to all things Russian.

With less than ten minutes left for kickoff, Russian president Vladimir Putin addressed the crowd. One does not have to be dependent on their television screen to watch the football World Cup this year. And for both diehard or fair-weather soccer fans cheering on their country (or another one if theirs didn't make the cut like the US men's team), it's an electrifying four weeks.

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