World Cup Opening Ceremony 2018, Russia vs Saudi Arabia: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What will the opening ceremony involve?
Around 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists will be performing in an opening extravaganza that will pay homage to all things Russian. The ceremony will close with a firework display.
After Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull combined in an eye-raising duet for the opening ceremony in Brazil, former Take That star Robbie Williams will be performing alongside young Russian artist, Aida Garifullina.
“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,” said Williams.
“We’d like to invite football and music fans to party with us in Russia, in the stadium, or to tune in their TVs a little earlier for an unforgettable show,” he added.
Opera singer Placido Domingo – who famously soundtracked Italia ’90 as one of the Three Tenors alongside Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras – will be performing. Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez will join him.
The opening game of the 2018 World Cup that sees hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia.
When is it?
Thursday June 14.
What time is kick off?
4pm UK time.
Where is it being played?
The match will immediately follow the opening ceremony, which is taking place in the Luzhniki Stadium.
With kick off scheduled for 4pm UK time, the opening ceremony will begin just 30 minutes before the start of the game.
What TV channel is it on?
Both the World Cup opening ceremony and the first game of the tournament will be shown live on ITV 1.
ITV begin their build up to the first match from 2:30pm.
See what channel every World Cup game will be on here.