Robbie Williams set for World Cup opening ceremony

0606_WC_groupH 4×3

0606_WC_groupH 4×3

A spokeswoman for football's world governing body said: "We are extremely happy to have been able to gather such a high-level line-up of artists for the opening ceremony, which for the first time and for the benefit of the fans in the stadium and watching on TV will take place just half an hour before kick-off and will focus on musical performances".

Neymar missed the final three month's of Paris Saint-Germain's season after breaking his foot in February but has returned fit for Brazil and scored for the second straight friendly.

Brazil coach Tite said he felt "extremely proud" of his team, although he said they could be more clinical.

The top two teams from each group qualify for the last 16.

Santos's side will need no reminding of the importance of their opening match against Spain, after a 4-0 defeat by Germany in Brazil four years ago set the tone for a dismal group-stage exit.

During the tournament's group stage, Brazil will play in Group E against Switzerland (June 17, Rostov-on-Don), Costa Rica (June 22, St. Petersburg) and Serbia (June 27, Moscow, Spartak Stadium).

Every nook and corner of South America breaths football and one can see that in the quality of players that emerge out of the continent and rule the European leagues.

This is Saudi Arabia's fifth World Cup, their first since 2006.

Benzema has admitted that he has not received an explanation from France coach Didier Deschamps regarding his worldwide exile and it appears unlikely that he will feature at a major competition again. I'm very optimistic about Brazil.

Ahead of the tournament, many neutrals were hoping for France to face Brazil in the Final - and they got their wish.

Apart from them, Champions League victor, Luis Garcia, ex-Manchester United forward, Louis Saha and former England goalkeeper, David James will also feature on the show. The home country always stands a chance to make a run but both Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia will need to take advantage of every opportunity as they look to advance.

Many years later, then-national team coach Berti Vogts revealed that the Germany side that travelled to the US in 1994 was "not a true team".

But I think that from what we are seeing nowadays in football, the World Cup will be much more open than we think; there are interesting teams.

Don't miss the next World Cup Programme, in which Euronews looks at the other teams that - for one reason or another - could surprise the world.

Notícias recomendadas

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.