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

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

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

Argentina's Nestor Pitana has been assigned as the referee for the Opening Match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia on Thursday 12 June at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The "Angels" icon will perform to a crowd of 80,000 people at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday, shortly before the opening game between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

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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 World Cup opening ceremony will have a slightly different format compared to previous editions of the tournament.

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In 1994 World Cup hosted by the US, Saudi Arabia reached round 16.

"I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance".

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In the 1990s, Williams was a part of the pop group "Take That". "I've done a lot in my career, and opening the World Cup to 80 000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream", said Williams.

The Saudi team, led by Argentinian coach Solary, succeeded in crossing the first round in World Cup in USA after topping its group scoring six points from two wins over Morocco 2-1 and Belgium 1-0.

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Sergey Knyazev, a member of the National Association of Event Organisers, reportedly told pro-Kremlin news channel Life News at the time: "This will upset those who previously wanted him to perform, who brought him to Moscow, or wanted him to perform at their events overseas".

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