With the 2018 World Cup set to kick off on Thursday, June 14, there is a matter of what would happen during the opening ceremony. The ceremony, which usually precedes the tournament's opening match, is an opportunity for the host country, Russia, to showcase their culture and traditions through dancers and performers.
The ceremony will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow – the country's national stadium, which has a capacity of 80, 000. It is also where the opening match of the tournament between hosts, Russia and Saudi Arabia will be held. The stadium, which is the largest in the country, will also host the final game of the tournament on July 15.
The stadium is known for hosting international concerts. The late king of Pop, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica, have all performed at the Luzhniki Stadium in the past. The stadium also hosted the 2008 Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea.
British Pop star, Robbie William, will be the headline act of the ceremony. The former "Take That" band singer will perform alongside celebrated Russian soprano, Aida Garifullina, a musical piece specially created for the mundial.
Also on show for the ceremony is a 1994 and 2002 World Cup winner with Brazil, Jose Luis Nazario De Lima Ronaldo. The former striker, popularly known as o Fenômeno, will represent the 736 players registered to grace the pitch in Russia,
According to FIFA, the tournament's organiser, Russia’s Channel One will produce the ceremony's spectacle, and the creative concept will once again be developed by Felix Mikhailov. Mikhailov directed the main ceremonies held throughout the entire 2018 FIFA World Cup journey – from the preliminary draw in 2015 right up to the closing act ahead of the final on 15 July.
Mikhailov further revealed that the ceremony will not just be limited to the stadium as the show will encompass the city of Moscow and the area around the Luzhniki Stadium.
There could, therefore, not be a better way to kick off the most prestigious football competition in the world other than amid pomp, pageantry and colour.
LET THE MUNDIAL BEGIN!!!