6/11/2018 5:16:48 PM (GMT+3)

Robbie Williams will entertain fans at World Cup opening ceremony

Robbie Williams will entertain fans at World Cup opening ceremony

MOSCOW: Global music icon Robbie Williams will entertain the fans with celebrated Russian soprano Aida Garifullina during the musical extravaganza before the opening match between Russia and Saudia Arabia on Thursday.

The football glory that all players will be hoping to achieve on Russian soil will be represented by Brazil’s two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo.

“I’m so happy and excited to be going back to Russia for such a unique performance. I’ve done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream,” Williams told fifa.com. “We’d like to invite football and music fans to party with us in Russia, in the stadium, or to tune in their TVs a little earlier for an unforgettable show.”

The opening ceremony will have a slightly different format compared to tournament’s previous editions.

The ceremony will focus on musical acts and will take place much closer to kick-off, just half an hour before the start of the match, which is scheduled for 18:00 (local time).

However, the underlying theme will be on the host country, this time with a touching performance by one of Russia’s most acclaimed young voices Garifullina.