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World Cup host Russian Federation spent billions, but will its economy benefit?

Thomas Meunier Belgium World Cup host Russian Federation spent billions, but will its economy benefit?
Cary Erickson | 13 June, 2018, 04:32

Ronaldo was part of the triumphant Brazil squad at the 1994 World Cup, albeit he did not feature, and then claimed the Golden Boot with eight goals as he led his nation to the trophy eight years later.

"I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance", Williams said.

A spokeswoman for football's world governing body said: "We are extremely happy to have been able to gather such a high-level line-up of artists for the opening ceremony, which for the first time and for the benefit of the fans in the stadium and watching on TV will take place just half an hour before kick-off and will focus on musical performances".

He added: "We'd like to invite football and music fans to party with us in Russian Federation, in the stadium, or to tune in their TVs a little earlier for an unforgettable show".

That's why our CBS Sports prognosticators made their predictions before the start of the tournament based on a four years (and a few pre-World Cup friendlies) worth of evidence, and their brackets are presented below.

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World Cup host Russian Federation spent billions, but will its economy benefit?

The underlying theme of celebrating not only football but also the host country will be represented by a performance from Garifullina.

The 42-year-old, who officiated during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, will be in charge for the Group A match at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. "No one knows what will happen in the four weeks of the tournament, but everyone is sure that it will be memorable", believes "o Fenômeno" Ronaldo.

Trump also assured that the USA would hold the tournament "in a similarly open and festive manner" as the 1996 and 2002 Olympic Games that the United States hosted, the Times reported.

The former Take That frontman, best known for the hits Angels and RockDJ, will perform a special duet with Russian soprano Aida Garifullina before the host nation's opening match with Saudi Arabia in Group A. "And, of course, our show will be about football and love".

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