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Robbie Williams will be performing at World Cup opening ceremony

13 June 2018
Robbie Williams will be performing at World Cup opening ceremony

The FIFA World Cup, which is set to get under way in Russian Federation on June 14, will add $2.4 billion to global advertising spend this year, according to research from advertising agency ZenithOptimedia.

However, the introduction of Indian Soccer League and scheduling of Federation Internationale de Football Association under 19 World Cup in India have helped to increase the fan base of the sport in our country.

Despite the distances they have to travel to attend games in Russian Federation, competing nations from the Americas dominate the top 10 in terms of tickets sold to date.

The firm used machine learning to run 200,000 models, mining data on team and individual player attributes, to help forecast specific match scores.

World champions Germany (62,541), China (40,251) and Australia (36,359) make up the top 10, with Poland, Sweden and Denmark also expected to be backed by thousands of supporters during the tournament.

"I've done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream", says Robbie Williams.

The Opening Ceremony will be produced by Russia's Channel One and the "creative concept" will be developed by Felix Mikhailov, who has directed other World Cup events including the preliminary and main draw.

"It's great to see the World Cup is encouraging people to travel", Travelport Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Shurrock said. This will be the first time that the FIFA World Cup will be telecast in multiple languages in India. India was scheduled to start their campaign in the 1950 World Cup on June 25 against Paraguay and their league fixtures would have finished by July 3.

Federation Internationale de Football Association have announced that changes will be made to the way that the world rankings of worldwide teams are calculated, switching to a method that add or subtracts points from a country's total rather than averaging them over a multi-year period.

According to that analysis, the United States is responsible for the greatest number of additional visitors to Russian Federation, although ForwardKeys highlighted that the United States has a sizeable Latin American population, traditionally among the biggest soccer fans.

England have a remarkable history of choking at major tournaments, but it should surely be them and Belgium who advance from Group G. Panama and Tunisia are not strong teams, and June 28's clash between Belgium and England should be the decider for who tops the group. Maybe you're here for Panama, who qualified at the expense of the U.S. Or maybe you're here for Brazil, because Brazil is just always here.

If India had made a decision to participate in the World Cup 1950 tournament, it would have been a major boost to the game in the newly independent country. Still, the quest for qualifying for World Cup is on and India is eagerly waiting for their debut performance in the World Cup.