Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Blatter will be at the World Cup as a guest of Putin

Blatter will be at the World Cup as a guest of Putin

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 Ceremony will focus on musical acts and take place just 30 minutes before kick-off scheduled for 6pm local time.

Naturally, the Luzhniki Stadium was where the majority of preparations were being finalised ahead Russia's opening group game against Saudi Arabia.

"Robbie Williams and Aida Garifullina are extremely popular artists, and they will undoubtedly entertain and warm up the crowd before the hosts take to the pitch to play Saudi Arabia on June 14".

Federation Internationale de Football Association did not comment on whether the song would form part of Williams' performance, saying the set list would be kept as a "surprise".

Reviled by many soccer fans, Blatter remains a popular figure in Russian Federation after backing the country's efforts to stage the World Cup during a controversial bidding process in 2010, which also ended with Qatar's securing the rights to hold the tournament in 2022.

Holders Germany, Brazil and Spain are among the favourites to lift the World Cup come July 15. US President Donald Trump and leaders of other states will be welcome guests at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

However, any positive impact on the Russian economy from the World Cup is likely to be short-lived, according to credit rating agency Moody's, which analyzes the event's influence every four years. That avoids a potentially embarrassing meeting with his successor Gianni Infantino, German news agency DPA reported.

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