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At the end of its technical meeting ahead of the World Cup finals which gets underway this week in Russia, FIFA announced that changes will be made to the way that the world rankings of global teams are calculated, switching to a method that add or subtracts points from a country's total rather than averaging them over a multi-year period. The opening game of the tournament will featuring Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, will kick off after the ceremony at 8.30 pm.

World Cup assistant referees have been instructed to keep their flag down for tight offside calls in Russian Federation, according to FIFA referees committee chairman Pierluigi Collina.

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.

Read on for a look at what to know ahead of the opening ceremony.

Robbie Williams will perform at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, just ahead of the opening game between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

Coca-Cola has said that it will show its support for the Saudi Arabian team with branding and signage on and off the field and will back the squad as they aim to qualify for all upcoming worldwide and regional tournaments.


"It is time for us in Brazil to win a World Cup again", the Nike ambassador told reporters in Moscow.

Poland are likely to be their toughest opponents in Group H, although Japan and Senegal can not be taken lightly.

The Opening Ceremony will be produced by Russia's Channel One and the "creative concept" will be developed by Felix Mikhailov, who has directed other World Cup events including the preliminary and main draw.

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

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.

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

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