Superfan spreading soccer spirit ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup

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

Williams said he was "happy and excited" about the "unique performance" in front of 80,000 fans and many millions all over the world and that it was a boyhood dream.

President Donald Trump is promising soccer's worldwide governing body that foreign teams, officials and fans will be able to travel to the U.S. for the 2026 World Cup if North America wins the bid to host the tournament.

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

Take a look below at all of the venues that will host World Cup matches across Russian Federation over the next month.

Ronaldo was part of the triumphant Brazil squad at the 1994 World Cup, albeit he did not feature, and then claimed the Golden Boot with eight goals as he led his nation to the trophy eight years later.

The ceremony will begin half an hour before the game kicks off at 6pm local time (4pm BST).

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"We'd like to invite football and music fans to party with us in Russian Federation, in the stadium, or to tune in their TVs a little earlier for an unforgettable show".

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.

One thing will remain the same, however: the underlying theme of celebrating not only football but also the host country, this time with a touching performance by one of Russia's most acclaimed young voices in Garifullina.

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The former Take That star will perform at the opening ceremony at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium along with Russian soprano Aida Garifullina. After so much hard work, suddenly the whole world is gathered in your backyard to celebrate their love for football.

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

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