Robbie Williams shows middle finger on TV during World Cup opening ceremony

Robbie Williams is excited to be performing at the World Cup opening ceremony

The 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony will have a slightly different format compared to previous editions of the tournament.

The opening ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. local time (10:30 a.m. ET), just 30 minutes before Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia spar off to officially commence this year's World Cup.

Russian president Vladimir Putin then gave a speech at the Luzhniki Stadium.

The 15-minute show, produced by Russia's state Channel One, broke from World Cup tradition, focusing on musical acts, including a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky in front of full stands at the capital's main stadium.

Williams has been criticized in the United Kingdom for agreeing to perform at the World Cup. The Trophy Tour has been a great platform to get the entire world and the host country excited for the 2018 FIFA World Cup that kicks off in less than one week.

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The opening ceremony was followed by the first match between hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia. If you don't have cable you can stream it via Hulu with Live TV, or fuboTV. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the show live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.

World Cup opening ceremonies don't normally go well but the reaction to this year's one has been particularly negative.

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If you can not watch the event live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a "72-Hour Lookback" feature, which allows you to watch most events or shows up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.

Over the past ten months, FIFA Legends, 2018 FIFA World Cup ambassadors and prominent figures around the world have provided valuable support with the organisation of the tour.

Russian operatic soprano Aida Garifullina then made her way on to the playing field, riding on what appeared to be a large phoenix.

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