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Reviled by many soccer fans, Blatter remains a popular figure in Russian Federation after backing the country's efforts to stage the World Cup during a controversial bidding process in 2010, which also ended with Qatar's securing the rights to hold the tournament in 2022.

Russian Federation will get the tournament up and running at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Thursday, and it seems things are finally falling into place after what has been a monumental preparation period for the hosts.

Neymar and co. are backed to lift the trophy for a record-extending sixth time by 43 percent of users on the day before the tournament kicks off in Moscow on June 14.

"Nestor Pitana is set to become the second Argentinian referee to participate in two World Cups after Norberto Coerezza, who oversaw two games in 1970 and one in 1978".

Smith will be performing the World Cup's anthem alongside Kosovan singer Era Istrefi and Nicky Jam.

Naturally, the Luzhniki Stadium was where the majority of preparations were being finalised ahead Russia's opening group game against Saudi Arabia.

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Read on for a look at what to know ahead of the opening ceremony.

Another date to remember is June 28, when England take on Belgium in their final Group G encounter. As they have never made it past the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup, they will be desperate to change their fortunes and give their fans something to cheer about.

Blatter, who led world soccer's governing body for 17 years, was suspended from the sport for six years for ethics violations in 2015 amid the biggest corruption scandal to shake Federation Internationale de Football Association.

At the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, he oversaw four fixtures including France-Germany in the quarterfinals.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News.

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