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The Fifa World Cup 2018 kicks off today when Russia take on Saudi Arabia at 4pm, but before the first match, Russia will have an opening ceremony first.

The event will showcase 32 of the world’s best teams, who are are preparing to battle it out for the World Cup trophy.

Brazil are currently hot-tipped to win most betting agencies providing high odds for the team.

Current defending champions Germany will also return to the fray, and are hoping to secure the second run-on win since 1962.

England is the only team from the UK to qualify this year, and they will have their first game next week on the June 18.

How to watch the World Cup Opening ceremony

Taking place at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, the opening ceremony will be watched by millions.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3.30pm BST.

ITV will be broadcasting both the ceremony and the following first match, which starts half an hour later at 4.00pm.

They will also be live-streaming the first match via ITVplayer which can be accessed here.

The BBC will not be covering the World Cup opening ceremony this year.

Who will perform at the Russia World Cup opening ceremony?

Robbie Williams has been confirmed as a headliner for the opening ceremony.

The ex Take-That singer said: “I’m so happy and excited to be going back to Russia for such a unique performance.

“I’ve done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream.”

Robbie will be joined by home-grown Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina, and the two will duet on-stage.

It is not known what the duo will sing yet.

Aida said: “I am so excited to be performing alongside Robbie, whose songs I have loved since I first started singing as young girl.

“It’s such an honour and I hope I can do my country proud and give the competition the amazing kick-start it deserves.”

Cristiano Ronaldo will also participate in the ceremony, but it is not yet known what his role will be.

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