World Cup 2018 opening ceremony performers, start time and how to watch

Thomas Meunier Belgium

Thomas Meunier Belgium

The opening ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. local time (10:30 a.m. ET), just 30 minutes before Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia spar off to officially commence this year's World Cup.

Williams said: "I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance".

A 48-team World Cup would require extra stadiums and could lead to Qatar sharing hosting duties with Middle East neighbours.

Brazil's two-time World Cup victor Ronaldo will also feature in a ceremony billed as consisting of a new format.

Moments before Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia get the 2018 Fifa World Cup underway they will entertain the fans in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

The striker, broke the previous record in the 2014 tournament, featured in four World Cups and won the Golden Boot award in the 2006 edition.

The ceremony will begin half an hour before the game kicks off at 6pm local time (4pm BST).

David Silva Spain

The underlying theme of celebrating not only football but also the host country will be represented by a performance from Garifullina.

"I never imagined I would be part of this huge celebration, the World Cup, happening in my own country", said the soloist.

"The image that I will be presenting to the whole world will be very symbolic and associated with a dream coming to life".

Both the opening match and the final will be played at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, along with several other matches through both stages of the tournament.

Trump also assured that the United States would hold the tournament "in a similarly open and festive manner" as the 1996 and 2002 Olympic Games that the U.S. hosted, the Times reported.

Brazil looked shot to bits four years ago, but have recovered and are blessed with match-winners.

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.