Nigeria Run Away With Fashion Title Before Tournament Begins

  • Nigeria Run Away With Fashion Title Before Tournament Begins

Nigeria Run Away With Fashion Title Before Tournament Begins

Reviled by many soccer fans, Blatter remains a popular figure in Russian Federation after backing the country's efforts to stage the World Cup during a controversial bidding process in 2010, which also ended with Qatar's securing the rights to hold the tournament in 2022.

A spokeswoman for football's world governing body said: "We are extremely happy to have been able to gather such a high-level line-up of artists for the opening ceremony, which for the first time and for the benefit of the fans in the stadium and watching on TV will take place just half an hour before kick-off and will focus on musical performances". Mexico played host to the 1970 and 1986 World Cup.

World Cup Organizers announced on June 11 that British singer Robbie Williams will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony on Thursday.

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

Another date to remember is June 28, when England take on Belgium in their final Group G encounter.

Since 2006, every new edition of the FIFA World Cup™ has brought with it the promise of a new Trophy Tour travelling and touching down in new cities and meeting new fans.

The 34-year-old, who left Barca to join Vissel Kobe last month, has also hinted at the possibility of hanging up his Spain boots after the World Cup. However, the spending tally provided by Russia's World Cup organizers falls short of the amount spent by Brazil to host the 2014 World Cup.

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 worldwide 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.