World Cup 2018 opening ceremony performers, start time and how to watch

Paola Ditto
Giugno 14, 2018

"About 800 people are involved in the ceremony", Mikhailov said. This will allow more viewers to see it [the opening ceremony].

Having managed to create quite the show already - which received er... quite the reaction - the 44-year-old Angels hit-maker was caught swearing mid-performance in the Luzhniki Stadium, Russia.

"After a long journey, the fourth edition of the Trophy Tour concluded in Russia's capital Moscow, the same city where the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino launched this remarkable tour nearly nine months ago at Luzhniki Stadium", said FIFA Chief Commercial Officer Philippe Le Floc'h.

Read on for a look at what to know ahead of the opening ceremony.

Former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker Ronaldo, who scored twice as Brazil beat Germany in the 2002 final and was part of the 1994 winning squad, walked out with a child wearing a Russian Federation 2018 shirt. If you don't have cable you can stream it via Hulu with Live TV, or fuboTV.

With less than four days to go for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to kick off, fans are excited, not just for the football though, as the traditionally glitzy opening ceremony is also generating a lot of buzz.

WORLD CUP 2018 PERFORMERS: Diplo and Will Smith are reported to be performing. Sling TV will also have two team channels with commentary for each team in English, including a player isolation camera, a team bench camera and real-time team versus team match stats.

But Williams chose not to sing the song, instead performing a medley of his hits as Putin, Saudi Arabian Crowd Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Federation Internationale de Football Association president Giovanni Infantino sat in the stands. Singers Placido Domingo and Juan Diego Florez are participating, as are pianist Denis Matsuev and opera stars Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eivazov, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Albina Shagimuratova.

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