Robbie Williams flips the bird at the world during Federation Internationale de Football Association opener

Robbie Williams flips the bird at the world during Federation Internationale de Football Association opener

A few hours ago, I went down to the stadium, which can hold over 80-thousand spectators, ... and ticket holders for the opening match were crowding in already for the World Cup's opening ceremony.

# Spain legend Iker Casillas and Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova brought the World Cup trophy out onto the pitch.

As for the ceremony itself, the organisers managed to pack a lot of spectacle into 10 minutes.

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The pop veteran kicked the opening ceremony off with a blast of "Let Me Entertain You" - before going into a medley of his hits, including an "Angels" duet with Russian opera star Aida Garifullina, RT reported.

As Williams and Garifullina continued to warble through the former's back catalogue, we were also treated to an array of gymnastic tumbling and people twirling about in shiny costumes.

But Williams' performance started off in faltering fashion, with his microphone feed coming through intermittently for television viewers in their millions, before he gave a cheeky middle finger to the camera right before the end of the show.

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And that, pretty much, was that.

Six of his solo albums are on the top 10 list for best-selling albums in the history of the United Kingdom, he holds the record for most Brit Award wins at 18 and holds a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records after selling 1.6 million tickets in a single day for his 2006 world tour concert. The ball to be used in this inaugural match was sent into space in March, and was returned to earth earlier in June.

A major U.S. broadcaster has apologised to viewers over Robbie Williams's one-finger salute. The kid with Ronaldo passed the ball first and he nearly tripped over.

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The World Cup is here and video assistant referees will be new addition at this year's event. Putin welcomed all present to "the planet's biggest football tournament" and in his long speech, talked about the great power of football.

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