Russia's president Vladimir Putin has manned the mission to present an warmer and more open Russian Federation to the world, and has looked to complete the tournament preparations by sticking to a budget reported to be around £7.4billion.
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The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said this year's opening ceremony will have a "slightly different format", focusing on "musical acts and will take place much closer to kick-off".
Jose Mourinho has predicted a mouthwatering World Cup quarter-final clash between England and Brazil, although the Manchester United boss believes the match-up will end in more heartache for the Three Lions. Once the Opening Ceremony concludes, Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia will kick off the tournament for real.
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Hosts Russia get things underway in two days' time when they take on Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Rubiales insists the situation is "very complicated" but believes the coaching staff will "do everything in their power" to help Spain succeed at the World Cup. "I've done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream", Williams said in a statement.
You can check out the World Cup schedule here.
Guess who will be attending the Fifa World Cup as a personal guest of Vladimir Putin? That avoids a potentially embarrassing meeting with his successor Gianni Infantino, German news agency DPA reported.
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