Global music icon Robbie Williams will entertain the stadium crowd and the millions watching around the world, with celebrated Russian soprano Aida Garifullina joining him during the musical extravaganza.
Williams said he was "happy and excited" and that the performance was the fulfilment of a boyhood dream, promising an "unforgettable show".
"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".
That's why our CBS Sports prognosticators made their predictions before the start of the tournament based on a four years (and a few pre-World Cup friendlies) worth of evidence, and their brackets are presented below.
"I never imagined I would be part of this huge celebration, the World Cup, happening in my own country", said the soloist.
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"I don't know if that can happen, but what I hope is that the national team does its best in the World Cup and that we can come home with the trophy".
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 U.S. would hold the tournament "in a similarly open and festive manner" as the 1996 and 2002 Olympic Games that the United States hosted, the Times reported. After so much hard work, suddenly the whole world is gathered in your backyard to celebrate their love for football.
The 41-year-old looks back fondly on past World Cup curtain-raisers and is relishing being involved at Russian Federation 2018.
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It started with the tariffs on steel and aluminum that were imposed on Canada and other G7 nations by Donald Trump . If the dispute can't be resolved, the two countries can take the matter to the World Trade Organisation, she said.