World Cup host Russian Federation spent billions, but will its economy benefit?

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British singer Robbie Williams is among acts set to perform in the Luzhniki Stadium here during the Opening Ceremony of the FIFA World Cup on Thursday (June 14).

A spokeswoman for football's world governing body said: "We are extremely happy to have been able to gather such a high-level line-up of artists for the opening ceremony, which for the first time and for the benefit of the fans in the stadium and watching on TV will take place just half an hour before kick-off and will focus on musical performances".

The Argentine will be assisted by compatriots Juan Pablo Belatti and Hernan Maidana, with Sandro Ricci from Brazil designated as the fourth official.

"The Video Assistant Referee team is composed by Massimiliano Irrati of Italy (VAR); Mauro Vigliano of Argentina (AVR 1); Carlos Astroza of Chile (AVR2) and Daniele Orsato, Italy (AVR3)".

VAR has been tested this season in both Germany's Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A but has been blighted by errors and confusing decisions.

Brazil's Pele is the only player to win three World Cups: in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

A day later, Portugal and Spain serve up one of the most intriguing early match-ups - with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, David Silva and Andres Iniesta all potentially in action at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

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"He made his debut in the Argentinian league in 2007 and officiated his first worldwide match in 2010".

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

"Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would be glad to see all guests here in Moscow and certainly this concerns the guests from the United States at the highest level", Peskov said, speaking on whether Trump could be invited to Moscow as a guest at the World Cup.

Federation Internationale de Football Association notes that the new Elo method has been used in other sports for a number of years and is even involved in calculating the women's world rankings, with a specific version (SUM) developed especially to take into account FIFA's considerations.

However, there are referees from Algeria, Senegal, Gambia, Egypt, Zambia and Ethiopia who will be in charge of games in Russian Federation.

Nigeria are placed in Group D along with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.

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