Robbie Williams helps kick off World Cup

Friday, 15 Jun, 2018

Here's everything you need to know to watch the World Cup opening ceremony live stream for free right now - plus free Russian Federation vs Saudi Arabia live stream details.

The opening ceremony was due to be followed by a match between the host team and Saudi Arabia.

Putin then addressed the crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium and the millions watching around the world, saying: "We are sincerely happy to host the World Cup in our country". This time, the ceremony will focus on musical acts and will take place much closer to kick-off, just half an hour before the start of the match, which is scheduled for 18:00 (local time).

Ronaldo was part of the triumphant Brazil squad at the 1994 World Cup, albeit he did not feature, and then claimed the Golden Boot with eight goals as he led his nation to the trophy eight years later. Read on for all the details on what time it airs, who is performing at the event, what channel to watch and more information below.

Speaking to RT, former Chelsea and AC Milan defender Desailly said the enthusiasm in Russian Federation as it prepares it to host its first-ever World Cup is evidence that the nation is well and truly in love with the handsome game.

Mexico and the United States have hosted the World Cup for a total of three times between them and it's believed their profit margin was a key decision in the choice.

Robbie Williams wowed the crowd in the stadium
Robbie Williams wowed the crowd in the stadium

FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Streaming: Football fever is here with the biggest soccer tournament, FIFA World Cup 2018 kicking off today in Russian Federation.

Ultimately, after Aida Garifullina, a Russian soprano, arrived on a giant phoenix, she and Robbie sang his song, "Angels".

The former Take That star opened the set by strutting on to the football pitch to the sound of his 1998 single Let Me Entertain You, wearing a red leopard print suit and black shirt. After it was announced that he would headline the Opening Ceremony, the British superstar faced some backlash from his own country.

Nice to see England players keeping their Twitter game strong on World Cup day.

The next 32 days are going to be one hell of a ride.