Robbie Williams to open World Cup despite Party Like A Russian track

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If chatting with Abdullahi Mohamed doesn't get you excited about the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, you probably won't get a kick out of the handsome game.

The event, kicking off June 14, will take place in various cities across Russian Federation, from Moscow to St. Petersburg to Sochi.

Talks on exploring a 48-team World Cup in 2022 have been taken off the agenda at FIFA's annual congress.

The striker, broke the previous record in the 2014 tournament, featured in four World Cups and won the Golden Boot award in the 2006 edition.

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

Diego Godin is the captain of Uruguay
Diego Godin is the captain of Uruguay

Read on for a look at what to know ahead of the opening ceremony.

Another date to remember is June 28, when England take on Belgium in their final Group G encounter.

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.

Fox Sports has the exclusive broadcasting rights to this year's World Cup, meaning you can catch the matches on Fox, Fox Sports 1, FoxSports.com and via the Fox Sports GO app.

With the controversial Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system making its World Cup debut, Italy's Massimiliano Irrati is the designated VAR official in Moscow.

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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