2018 World Cup kicks off with opening ceremony as Robbie Williams steals the show

Sport360 staff 14/06/2018

The 2018 World Cup got underway on Thursday with a short and crisp opening ceremony in Russia.

The star of the show was Robbie Williams who performed a medley of his hit songs, and was accompanied by Aida Garifullina in the middle.

Brazil’s legendary striker Ronaldo was there as well to make his presence felt at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Prior to the opening ceremony, former Spanish goalkeeper and 2010 winner Iker Casillas displayed the World Cup trophy to the crowd while posing alongside model Natalia Vodianova.

And soon after opening ceremony came to an end Russian president Vladimir Putin addressed the gathering followed by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

All in all, a well-scripted more than decent start to the biggest show on Earth.

Here we take a look at some of the best pictures!

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Best images as football fever grips Russia for the 2018 World Cup

Sport360 staff 14/06/2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup got underway with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia in the first game on Thursday.

The football extravaganza will be played in 12 stadiums across 12 cities with the title decider at the 81,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium on July 15.

Defending champions Germany, 2010 winners Spain, Brazil, France and Lionel Messi-led Argentina are among the top contenders for the title.

And as footballing fever grips the world, we take a look at some of the best images of fans in Russia.

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Kieran Trippier insists England will not be overly reliant on his Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane at the World Cup.

Kane has been appointed England captain and goes into Monday’s Group G opener against Tunisia on the back of scoring 30 Premier League goals for Spurs last season.

Attention is understandably trained on England’s focal point, but Trippier believes their group rivals would be unwise to underestimate the side as a whole.

The defender said: “Everybody knows what Harry Kane’s all about, he’s a goalscorer and a great professional.

“But if you look all around our team we’ve got winners, we’ve got goals all around the pitch.

“It’s not just Harry, we’ve got a strong forward line, a lot of pace, youth and I know the boys are looking forward to getting on with it now.”

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