"About 800 people are involved in the ceremony", Mikhailov said. "At the same time, the action will extend beyond the stadium, encompassing the city and the area around the Luzhniki Stadium".
The opening ceremony was followed by the first match between hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.
Of course, soccer's popularity extends far beyond the 32 countries that qualified for the World Cup this year. "We'd like to invite football and music fans to party with us in Russian Federation, in the stadium, or to tune in their TVs a little earlier for an unforgettable show". The Trophy Tour has been a great platform to get the entire world and the host country excited for the 2018 FIFA World Cup that kicks off in less than one week. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the show live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app. Sling TV will also have two team channels with commentary for each team in English, including a player isolation camera, a team bench camera and real-time team versus team match stats.
As of now there are now there are no plans to punish Williams for his performance, with Putin going on record as saying Williams' middle finger just about salvaged the Englishman's set.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: British popstar Robbie Williams performs during the opening ceremony prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Singers Placido Domingo and Juan Diego Florez are participating, as are pianist Denis Matsuev and opera stars Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eivazov, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Albina Shagimuratova.