World Cup 2018 opening ceremony performers, start time and how to watch

Jose Verdugo
Junio 13, 2018

The World Cup kicks-off in Russian Federation on June 14, and the usual suspects are among the nations most fancied to lift the famous trophy aloft in Moscow.

The event, kicking off June 14, will take place in various cities across Russian Federation, from Moscow to St. Petersburg to Sochi.

Smith will be performing the World Cup's anthem alongside Kosovan singer Era Istrefi and Nicky Jam.

The Ceremony will focus on musical acts and take place just 30 minutes before kick-off scheduled for 6pm local time.

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.

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

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Hosts Russia get things underway in two days' time when they take on Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Brazil's two-time World Cup victor Ronaldo will also feature in a ceremony billed as consisting of a new format.

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

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", Garifullina, a soloist from the Vienna State Opera, said.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News.

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