Superfan spreading soccer spirit ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup

Meunier Kimmich and Godin are all crucial to their teams

Meunier Kimmich and Godin are all crucial to their teams

Tournament matches will take place at 11 venues across the country, taking teams as far east as Ekaterinburg and as far south as Sochi.

The World Cup kicks-off in Russian Federation on June 14, and the usual suspects are among the nations most fancied to lift the famous trophy aloft in Moscow.

Williams said he was "happy and excited" about the "unique performance" in front of 80,000 fans and many millions all over the world and that it was a boyhood dream.

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.

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.

Russia's Channel One will produce the show, and the creative concept will once again be developed by Felix Mikhailov, who directed the main ceremonies held throughout the entire 2018 FIFA World Cup journey - from the Preliminary Draw in 2015 right up to the closing act ahead of the final on 15 July.

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

Federation Internationale de Football Association says it approved a new formula which rewards teams for playing more games, and it takes effect in the post-World Cup ranking on July 19.

Russian soprano Aida Garifullina will also entertain the crowd in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday.

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.

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

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News.


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