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Ronaldo insists Brazil are favourites for the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation, and says it is time for them to live up to their tag.

The event, kicking off June 14, will take place in various cities across Russian Federation, from Moscow to St. Petersburg to Sochi.

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

The opening ceremony will take place at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway on June 14, as the top nations in the world of soccer touch down in Russian Federation with one common goal: Hoisting that handsome golden trophy depicting two humans together holding the globe. There has been no mention of a performance of the official World Cup song, Live It Up, featuring film star Will Smith, Colombia-based pop star Nicky Jam, and Kosovan singer Era Istrefi.

Diego Godin is the captain of Uruguay
Diego Godin is the captain of Uruguay

However, FIFA noted that the new Elo method which was first used in chess and later tennis then in other sports for a number of years and is even involved in calculating the women's world rankings, with a specific version (SUM) developed especially to take into account FIFA's considerations.

Williams said he was "happy and excited" and that the performance was the fulfilment of a boyhood dream, promising an "unforgettable show".

The absence of Italy, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and Chile, who were backed by 13,000 fans during last year's Confederations Cup, has raised the prospect of some games at the World Cup being played to smaller crowds than originally anticipated.

Sergey Knyazev, a member of the National Association of Event Organisers, reportedly told pro-Kremlin news channel Life News at the time: "This will upset those who previously wanted him to perform, who brought him to Moscow, or wanted him to perform at their events overseas".

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