"The live studio show Football Extraaa and the breakfast show Kick-Off will enrich the die-hard football enthusiast's viewing experience of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia".
"I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance", Williams said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in October both Blatter and ex-UEFA head Michel Platini, who was also suspended following an ethics investigation, would be welcome at the World Cup as "old friends" of the Russian president. Although India is not going to be a part of the tournament, there is still a lot of buzz about the FIFA World Cup among Indians.
The underlying theme of celebrating not only football but also the host country will be represented by a performance from Garifullina. However, the spending tally provided by Russia's World Cup organizers falls short of the amount spent by Brazil to host the 2014 World Cup. "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.
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"We see very limited economic impact at the national level given the limited duration of the World Cup and the very large size of the country's economy", Moody's analysts said in a report last May, adding that the expected boost to tourism "will likely be short-lived". After so much hard work, suddenly the whole world is gathered in your backyard to celebrate their love for football.
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".
Brazil looked shot to bits four years ago, but have recovered and are blessed with match-winners.
It is hardly a blockbuster meeting of two footballing powerhouses, but the result could be vital to the course of the tournament.