"It's going to take a long time for Africa to host the World Cup".
British singer Robbie Williams performs during the opening ceremony before the Russia World Cup 2018 Group A football match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14, 2018.
The game was screened by ITV in the United Kingdom, with host Mark Pougatch joined by Gary Neville, Slaven Bilic, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon - not that many watching actually noticed who the pundits were.
Speaking to RT, former Chelsea and AC Milan defender Desailly said the enthusiasm in Russian Federation as it prepares it to host its first-ever World Cup is evidence that the nation is well and truly in love with the attractive game.
The Fan Fest zone in Moscow is one of 11 sites in each of the World Cup host cities, all of which will be free to enter.
Hardly a classic of the genre, but then most World Cup fans couldn't really care less about what goes on ahead of the first match! "I felt that in Brazil four years ago and I am now happy to share this excitement with the Russians as well".
Robbie Williams had a very clear message for his critics after singing in Thursday's opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.
All 64 World Cup matches are being shown live on British TV, with ITV and BBC splitting the rights to show the matches on both their traditional channels and respective online services.
With a shorter duration and held closer to kickoff, as compared to previous editions, an opening ceremony here at the Luzhniki Stadium raised curtains to the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Thursday.
Former Take That singer Williams, wearing a red and black leopard print suit, then took over proceedings with a rendition of Let Me Entertain You, before Garifullina was carried out on to the pitch on the back of a "firebird" float. A schedule of matches is available at the official Federation Internationale de Football Association website, and will update once the tournament enters the elimination rounds.