It was a rare opportunity to see the Original Trophy up close, with more than 800,000 fans in Russian Federation and worldwide making the most of this unique opportunity to come close to the ultimate prize in football, and more than 570,000 marking the occasion by having their photography taken with the Trophy.
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.
Smith will be performing the World Cup's anthem alongside Kosovan singer Era Istrefi and Nicky Jam.
Read on for a look at what to know ahead of the opening ceremony.
This is the first World Cup since 2006 to be hosted in Europe.
Another date to remember is June 28, when England take on Belgium in their final Group G encounter.
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Williams said he was "happy and excited" about the "unique performance" in front of 80,000 fans and many millions all over the world and that it was a boyhood dream.
Jose Mourinho has revealed the four teams he believes will reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.
"Please understand that the track list for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Fifa World Cup has been agreed between the artists, Fifa, and the local organising committee, who would like to keep this as a surprise for the public until the show".
"We are proud to be able to bring unforgettable emotions to hundreds of thousands football fans and make them feel part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup which is about to start in a few days".
Peskov said the list of foreign guests "who will share with us the joy of the World Cup" is being updated.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News.
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