Done with the countdown. Tonight, all the spotlight focused on the opening match of the world cup in Russia. And the opening ceremony of course.
Host country Russia will receive soon direct opponent Saudi Arabia. It is the match between the two lowest ranked teams. That first match starts at 17.00, but you can sure enjoy all of the opening ceremony.
On the poster: the British pop star Robbie Williams and the Brazilian voetbalicoon Ronaldo. The 44-year-old Williams will get vocal support from the Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina (30). They made a name in the famous Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and is now connected to the Vienna state Opera. There would also certainly 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinespringers are present. They will pay homage to the Russian culture.
The opening ceremony and the match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. There may be 80,000 people in the stadium.
Superstar Robbie Williams admitted in an interview that he was nervous. “I’ve already done a lot in my career. But the world CHAMPIONSHIPS open for 80,000 supporters in the stadium and many millions of people all over the world is a dream come true.’
“There’s a lot of pressure. When we had to rehearse, it was often a long wait. We had an hour, along the side of the field. And then I got the image of Diana Ross in my head. During the world cup of 1994 in the United States (Diana Ross kicked off during the opening ceremony, a penalty far in addition to the goal, red.) I panikeerde and thought: you’re going to a Diana Ross do, you’re going to one of Diana Ross’s do it.’
The world cup is for Williams an absolute highlight. “This is the most important thing in my life. As long as I can remember. This is the highlight of the entertainment. It is a great honor to be here.’