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As well as the relative strength of both teams involved, less importance will be given to friendly games when determining the rankings, while more will be given to the major tournaments.

Russian Federation built on its reputation for lavish spending on sporting events, investing billions of dollars into preparations for the 2018 World Cup, the global soccer tournament that will feature 32 teams playing in 11 cities across the country this month.

Neymar and co. are backed to lift the trophy for a record-extending sixth time by 43 percent of users on the day before the tournament kicks off in Moscow on June 14.

World Cup Organizers announced on June 11 that British singer Robbie Williams will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony on Thursday.

Take a look below at all of the venues that will host World Cup matches across Russian Federation over the next month.

Jose Mourinho has predicted a mouthwatering World Cup quarter-final clash between England and Brazil, although the Manchester United boss believes the match-up will end in more heartache for the Three Lions.

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

Federation Internationale de Football Association did not comment on whether the song would form part of Williams' performance, saying the set list would be kept as a "surprise".

Find out more about the world's largest football competition fixture and schedules here.

Brazil's two-time World Cup victor Ronaldo will also feature in a ceremony billed as consisting of a new format.

The 82-year-old's attendance at the World Cup could put him in close proximity to his successor, Gianni Infantino, who has sought to draw a line under past scandals. That avoids a potentially embarrassing meeting with his successor Gianni Infantino, German news agency DPA reported.

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