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The Ceremony will focus on musical acts and take place just 30 minutes before kick-off scheduled for 6pm local time.

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.

World Cup Organizers announced on June 11 that British singer Robbie Williams will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony on Thursday.

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has manned the mission to present an warmer and more open Russian Federation to the world, and has looked to complete the tournament preparations by sticking to a budget reported to be around £7.4billion.

"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".

Government avoids EU Withdrawal Bill defeat after last-ditch deal on 'meaningful vote'
The vote on Tuesday is the first of two days of debate that will test May's authority and her plans for leaving the EU. MPs voted at 5.30pm today, with 324 votes to 298 - a majority of 26 - to reject the amendment.

The former Take That frontman, best known for the hits Angels and RockDJ, will perform a special duet with Russian soprano Aida Garifullina before the host nation's opening match with Saudi Arabia in Group A.

FC Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has warned his Spain teammates about the danger Cristiano Ronaldo poses ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup clash with Portugal this week.

"We are proud to be able to bring unforgettable emotions to hundreds of thousands football fans and make them feel part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup which is about to start in a few days".

The nucleus of the young squad that went to Brazil four years ago has remained, helping the country win a first Asian Cup title in 2015 and develop an attacking style it touts as the Australian way. However, the spending tally provided by Russia's World Cup organizers falls short of the amount spent by Brazil to host the 2014 World Cup.

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