World Cup 2018 opening ceremony: Robbie Williams and giant fire bird feature in snappy show

The World Cup got underway this afternoon in a short and sweet opening ceremony, with Robbie Williams dominating the centre of the park with a short medley of his hits.

Where previous ceremonies have featured lengthy performance art projects about the environment, the football family and children being the future, this Russian effort was snappy: long on energy, and short on too much tree-hugging. 

Williams was excellent, there were representatives from the competing countries, and a giant fire bird made out of crepe paper. There was, naturally, juggling, and the obligatory giant footballs.

 Ronaldo (the Brazil one) did some mucking about with a penalty shootout and the mascot, and that was about it.

There were no speeches during the ceremony segment, although President Putin did give a welcome before the match itself.

TunisianMonitorOnline (Source: the Telegraph)

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