Robbie Williams to perform at star-studded opening ceremony

Ronaldo won the golden boot in 2002

Peru's last appearance at the World Cup was in 1982, the longest break of any team previously playing in the tournament (this will be the first appearances for Iceland and Panama).

The opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup date is June 14, 2018.

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said this year's opening ceremony will have a "slightly different format", focusing on "musical acts and will take place much closer to kick-off". The mega showpiece event kicks off tonight straight after the grand opening ceremony. "At the same time, the action will extend beyond the stadium, encompassing the city and the area around the Luzhniki Stadium".

Thousands of fans turned out at the opening event and were treated to a performances by Russian and worldwide musicians as well as a viewing of the World Cup trophy.

British pop star Robbie Williams will perform at the FIFAWorld Cup 2018 opening ceremony in Moscow on Thursday, the world football governing body FIFA and the singer's representatives said. 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.

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Former Brazil striker Ronaldo - known as "O Fenomeno" - will also be taking part in the opening ceremony, Federation Internationale de Football Association said.

Williams initially took centre stage ahead of the tournament opener between the hosts and Saudi Arabia by performing three of his greatest hits, one alongside Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.

Fox Sports has the exclusive broadcasting rights to this year's World Cup, meaning you can catch the matches on Fox, Fox Sports 1, FoxSports.com and via the Fox Sports GO app.

French footballing great Marcel Desailly has said any doubts over Russian Federation being "a football country" have been dispelled by the nation's fever-pitch enthusiasm as it prepares to host the World Cup this summer.

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