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Robbie Williams is excited to be performing at the World Cup opening ceremony

Robbie Williams is excited to be performing at the World Cup opening ceremony

Host Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament.

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In Australia, SBS will broadcast the FIFA World CupOpening Ceremony on Thursday 15th of June.

During the opening ceremony, Aida joined Robbie Williams and the duo performed on his famous song Angeles. Kansas City is among 23 cities listed in the bid as candidate cities to host some of the 80 matches that will be played in the three countries over the course of the event.

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"Football is truly loved here".

He decided not to perform "Party Like a Russian", the song which lampoons oligarchs.

Morocco, that promised "a European style World Cup", once left the African Union before coming back.

The opening ceremony started at 3.30pm BST, just half-an-hour before the first match got underway at 4pm BST.

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"I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance", says Williams, who's probably best-known for his songs around the turn of the millennium such as Angels and Rock DJ.

The 2018 World Cup kicked off in Moscow today, and before the opening match between host-nation Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia the world was treated to an opening ceremony featuring musician Robbie Williams, Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo, and lots of people juggling and/or dressed as soccer balls.

The Pop singer's performance is surely going to be in the centre stage after series of events occured on social media.

South Africa's opening ceremony focused on Africa's role as the cradle of humankind, but Russia's opening ceremony mostly contained references to soccer.

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It remains to be known if rapper and actor - Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi who composed the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association world cup theme song "Live It Up" will be performing at the opening ceremony but it has been revealed that there will be displays by roughly 500 dancers and gymnasts.

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