Robbie Williams has been accused of "shamefully legitimising" Vladimir Putin's "thuggish" regime after the pop star agreed to perform at the World Cup opening ceremony. There is good reason it's called the greatest show on earth - it is.
So much for the unpredictable nature of the attractive game.
Buffon announced in May that he would retire at the end of the current campaign and Italy's failure to qualify for Russian Federation meant that the legendary goalkeeper was denied one last World Cup appearance.
In the United Kingdom, coverage of the World Cup is being split between ITV and the BBC, and you'll be able to tune in in 4K HDR through iPlayer.
Only eight of the 211 official affiliate nations have had the distinction of lifting the prestigious symbol of worldwide football supremacy.
That means Brazil go into the tournament having been unbeaten in over a year, and will undoubtedly use that as confidence as they look to win their sixth World Cup title.
"The last World Cup, they had the genius in Neymar, but he was kicked out of the competition and what was left was a bunch of forwards who shouldn't have been wearing the shirt".
"The concentration and competitiveness of the team was laudable", Tite told reporters.
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This is by no means a rushed conclusion. We had the likes of Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller (Germany) in 2010. However, Brazil are not blessed with an abundance of defensive talent and his omission has come as a surprise to many.
Brazilian optimism must, however, be tempered in the reality that Brazil enters nearly all major tournaments as favourites.
After suffering a heartbreaking injury in the quarter-final against Colombia in 2014 on home soil, Neymar was a notable absentee in the 7-1 drubbing they received at the hands of eventual champions Germany.
In a post-match conference following yesterday match against Estonia, Coach of the Moroccan team, Herve Renard, expressed his dissatisfaction with the performance of some players during the second half.
That philosophy has been strategically upgraded with migrant creativity and athleticism added to the already historically tough German mettle.
Brazil will be looking to rectify their World Cup woes from four years ago and so far the signs of a possible vengeance look promising.
With the four bid nations ineligible to vote - the North American plan, called United 2026, involves Canada, Mexico and the United States - the victor of the two-horse race will need to claim a simple majority of 103 votes from 206.