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North America bid wins FIFA World Cup 2026 hosting rights

North America bid wins FIFA World Cup 2026 hosting rights

Finally, the FIFA World Cup is almost upon us, which means that it's time to tune in and see the biggest soccer tournament in the world from Russian Federation.

The event, kicking off June 14, will take place in various cities across Russian Federation, from Moscow to St. Petersburg to Sochi.

The Opening Ceremony will be produced by Russia's Channel One and the "creative concept" will be developed by Felix Mikhailov, who has directed other World Cup events including the preliminary and main draw.

Robbie Williams will sing at the opening ceremony of the Football World Cup in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

The former Take That frontman, best known for the hits Angels and RockDJ, will perform a special duet with Russian soprano Aida Garifullina before the host nation's opening match with Saudi Arabia in Group A.

Federation Internationale de Football Association did not comment on whether the song would form part of Williams' performance, saying the set list would be kept as a "surprise".

Williams said he was "happy and excited" and that the performance was the fulfilment of a boyhood dream.

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

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.

A south American team has never won the World Cup in Europe, while Germany are aiming to be the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the trophy.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News.

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