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President Putin welcomes fans to the World Cup

Nobody on the team will be more hungry to deliver than coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, who failed to guide Chile to qualification to the World Cup but still managed to make the tournament himself after landing the Saudi gig in November.

Russian Federation take on Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the tournament.

Heads up, soccer fans: The 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation is coming up.

Collina also confirmed the video assistant referees will wear a full kit, identical to their colleagues on the pitch, at the World Cup.

Robbie Williams will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow, two years after his controversial song about Russian Federation sparked anger in the country.

This formula works not by averaging points for each individual match, but by adding or deducting them from a team's existing points total - a calculation in which weights are determined by the relative strength of the two opponents and the importance of each match.

"We are happy to introduce a new format for the FIFA World Cup opening and closing ceremonies, in terms of their duration and start time closer to kick-off", says Mikhailov.

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"If you see some assistant referee not raising the flag, it's not because he's making mistakes", said Collina, at the World Cup referees media day on Tuesday.

The singer will be joined by Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, and - presumably not on vocals - former Brazilian global Ronaldo, part of the winning teams in 1994 and 2002.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association have announced that changes will be made to the way that the world rankings of global teams are calculated, switching to a method that add or subtracts points from a country's total rather than averaging them over a multi-year period.

"At the same time, the action will extend beyond the stadium, encompassing the city and the area around the Luzhniki Stadium".

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