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FIFA World Cup 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018

The main football event of the year is about to begin. The cities that host the FIFA World Cup 2018 are already hosting guests - airports, railway stations and bus stations, hotels and mini-hotels are buzzing with voices that speak all the languages of the world, volunteers and law enforcement agencies are working, the infrastructure is smoothly performing its work. However, the hottest time is yet to come - there are only hours left until the opening of the World Cup 2018. 

Moscow's stadium "Luzhniki" today has a huge honor and responsibility to hold the opening ceremony. It will start at half past five on the evening of June 14 - exactly half an hour before the first match of the championship.

The opening ceremony will be held in the Luzhniki Stadium

The opening ceremony will be held in the Luzhniki Stadium, photo WEB

The upcoming show will consist of musical numbers kaleidoscope, in which will take part special guest, singer Robbie Williams. The performer admits that he is delighted with such a prospect.

"I am very glad that I'm going to Russia again. And to open here the World Cup before 80 thousand fans and millions of viewers at the screens - it's generally something akin to a dream from childhood!" - says the artist.

The company on stage will be a Russian opera singer. Vocalist Aida Garifullina is short-tempered, somewhat agitated and honestly admits that she could never even imagine what she will become a part of such a grandiose sports event of a global scale.

Robbie Williams примет участие в открытии ЧМ 2018

Robbie Williams will participate in the opening of the World Cup 2018, photo WEB

The ceremony will be attended by twice the world champion in football, Brazilian Ronaldo. During the entire preparatory process, the athlete was in the thick of events, and now he will visit all the cities of the World Cup 2018. "The first match is always very symbolic. What the whole football world has been waiting for four years has finally come. Nobody can foresee what will happen during this month, but everyone is sure - it will be unforgettable!" - shares with his emotions, the former Brazilian striker.

In total, more than 800 people will be involved in the ceremony, but performances of acrobats and other similar shows are not expected. At all is allocated not more than 20 minutes, and the main requirement for all participants - do not damage the lawn, which is waited with trepidation, when the sneakers step on it. Those who are not fortunate enough to buy a ticket to the stadium will be able to watch the event in a live broadcast at the First Channel or online on its official website.

Brazilian Ronaldo will attend the ceremony

Brazilian Ronaldo will attend the ceremony, photo WEB

For Russian fans, the opening day is special doubly, because the first match will take place between the team from Saudi Arabia and our team. The match will be held here, in the "Luzhniki", and the same stadium will close the series of games by a contest between ... whom? This intrigue will keep the entire football world in suspense for another month.

Until July 15, the World Cup 2018 will be played in 11 cities of the country. The second game our team will play on June 19 in St. Petersburg with the Egyptians, and the third - at the "Samara Arena" against the Uruguayan national team. The group stage will last until June 28 and will end with a choice of 16 teams that will qualify for the playoffs.

World Cup Groups 2018

World Cup Groups 2018, photo WEB

For now, fans are waiting for a continuous series of meetings, which will be held daily. On the 29th there is a short respite, and on the 30th the first playoff match will be held. According to the schedule, each of the cities hosting the World Cup 2018 will take several games. Each day there will be 3 to 4 competitions at different stadiums.

Already on June 15, at 17:00 the second match will clash the Egyptian and Uruguayan teams at the "Yekaterinburg Arena", an hour later will be the confrontation between the football players of Morocco and Iran in the arena "St. Petersburg", and at 21:00 "Fisht" in Sochi will become a battlefield between the national teams of Portugal and Spain.

In addition to these cities, matches will be played in Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Rostov, Nizhny Novgorod and Volgograd. A detailed schedule of games can be viewed on the official website of the Championship. There is information about which cities will host the World Cup 2018, where they can stay, and how to spend leisure time between matches.

Victoria Romanova, Russia, Moscow