Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Federation Internationale de Football Association delays talks on possible 48-team Qatar World Cup

Federation Internationale de Football Association delays talks on possible 48-team Qatar World Cup

Russian organizers say they expect World Cup spending to exceed $11 billion, though that tally does not include undisclosed spending on some of the new city infrastructure and stadiums that will be used during the event.

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

President Donald Trump is promising soccer's global governing body that foreign teams, officials and fans will be able to travel to the USA for the 2026 World Cup if North America wins the bid to host the tournament.

Additionally, Russian soprano Aida Garifullina will perform alongside Williams while Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo - a two time World Cup champion - is also present during the opening ceremony, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

A prolific player in great goalscoring form with tremendous footballing ability, the 24-year-old Spurs' striker could be a menace to deal with in the World Cup.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association delays talks on possible 48-team Qatar World Cup

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

The Pharaohs fell in an arguably reasonable group, in their first World Cup appearance since 1990, alongside Uruguay, the hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

The underlying theme of celebrating not only football but also the host country will be represented by a performance from Garifullina.

"I never imagined I would be part of this huge celebration, the World Cup, happening in my own country", Garifullina, a soloist from the Vienna State Opera, said.

Both the opening match and the final will be played at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, along with several other matches through both stages of the tournament. "Of course it is also an emotional one for the hosts".

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