Arab teams' best showing at World Cup is marketing dream for brands

Posted June 13, 2018

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.

The pop star will entertain the crowd before the football tournament's opening match between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore says India has the potential to play in the FIFA World Cup in near future but the country can reach that standard only if opportunities are created for the players.

Williams has been quite active on the football front lately as he was seen gracing the hallowed grounds of Old Trafford for the Soccer Aid for Unicef Match on the weekend.

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Blatter was at the helm of Federation Internationale de Football Association when Russia won the right to host the World Cup in 2010, beating England, among others, in its bid.

As well as the relative strength of both teams involved, less importance will be given to friendly games when determining the rankings, while more will be given to the major tournaments.

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

Russian Federation vs Saudi Arabia kicks off at 4pm United Kingdom time (6pm in Moscow).

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Williams said he was "happy and excited" and that the performance was the fulfilment of a boyhood dream, promising an "unforgettable show".

All the 23-man squads of the nations participating at the World Cup have been announced and the tournament is ready to get underway.

The performance from Williams and Garifullina gets underway just 30 minutes before kick-off at the Luzhniki Stadium.

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.

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ITV have broadcast rights to the first match of the tournament and the show beforehand.