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13 June, 2018, 04:30 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Meunier Kimmich and Godin are all crucial to their teams

Colombia (65,234), Mexico (60,302), Argentina (54,031) and Peru (43,583) have all outsold England, traditionally one of the best-backed teams at a major tournament, who have so far seen just over 32,000 tickets bought in that country.

"The opening match is always a very symbolic one - it is that instant when you realise that the big moment you, as a player or fan, have been waiting for four years has finally arrived".

Organisers FIFA said the opening ceremony will have a "slightly different format" to previous years and focus on musical acts.

Argentina's Nestor Pitana has been assigned as the referee for the Opening Match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia on Thursday 12 June at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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.

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

British pop star Robbie Williams might seem like the unlikeliest person to kick off the World Cup but, along with Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, the two artists will perform at the opening ceremony before the tournament gets underway on Thursday.

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

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.

Federation Internationale de Football Association also explained that teams from all over the world will now have "equal chance" of rising in rankings after the old weighting variables that favoured European and South American nations has been removed.

The New York Times reviewed the letters and first reported on them.

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