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Argentina’s Pitana to ref World Cup opener

Argentina’s Pitana to ref World Cup opener

Where is it taking place, how many teams are playing and how does the tournament work?

This week 32 teams will meet in Russian Federation to compete for the 2018 World Cup.

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.

Organisers FIFA said the opening ceremony will have a "slightly different format" to previous years and focus on musical acts.

Others who are among the all-time leading goalscorers in FIFA World Cup history, according to Transfermarkt, are Jurgen Klinsmann, Sandor Kocsis, Teofilo Cubillas, Grzegorz Lato, Thomas Muller, Helmut Rahn, Gabriel Batistuta and Gary Lineker.

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Argentina’s Pitana to ref World Cup opener

"The opening match is always a very symbolic one - it is that instant when you realise that the big moment you, as a player or fan, have been waiting for four years has finally arrived".

Read on for a look at what to know ahead of the opening ceremony.

Shaikh Khalifa took part in a meeting of heads of continent's federation chaired by the FIFA chief Gianni Infantino. "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 41-year-old looks back fondly on past World Cup curtain-raisers and is relishing being involved at Russian Federation 2018.

Sergey Knyazev, a member of the National Association of Event Organisers, reportedly told pro-Kremlin news channel Life News at the time: "This will upset those who previously wanted him to perform, who brought him to Moscow, or wanted him to perform at their events overseas".





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