With the tournament under three days away, Russian Federation will kick off the festivities against Saudi Arabia in the opener.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets under way on Thursday as hosts Russian Federation take on Saudi Arabia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
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"The fact that their team is in the World Cup will be a source of national pride to Saudi citizens and, by association, they will see and hear their country being discussed more intensively, at least over the near future".
"The image that I will be presenting to the whole world will be very symbolic and associated with a dream coming to life".
Sergey Knyazev, a member of the National Association of Event Organisers, reportedly told pro-Kremlin news channel Life News at the time: "This will upset those who previously wanted him to perform, who brought him to Moscow, or wanted him to perform at their events overseas".