"Please understand that the track list for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Fifa World Cup has been agreed between the artists, Fifa, and the local organising committee, who would like to keep this as a surprise for the public until the show".
No team has succeeded in defending their title at a FIFA World Cup™ since Pele's Brazil defeated Czechoslovakia in the 1962 Final to repeat their 1958 triumph.
This is Saudi Arabia's fifth World Cup, their first since 2006.
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.
Benzema, who scored in the Champions League final last month and has been a prominent figure for Real Madrid over the last nine years, has scored 27 goals in 81 worldwide appearances for Les Bleus and has been named as the French Player of the Year on three occasions.
Two years ago, some Russian were offended by his tongue-in-cheek single Party Like a Russian.
"Fortunately, the players here are very malleable and have adapted to what we want from them", the coach said in an exclusive interview with Arab News.
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Importantly, nine key players from the 2014 championship team, including Mesut Ozil, Thomas M¸ller, Toni Kroos and star goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will return, added to the technical sharpness of battle-tested maestro Joachim Low.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Williams' team won the annual Soccer Aid tournament at Old Trafford in Manchester. "You can talk, you're Brazilian and you can dream; we're dreaming more and more".
Brazilian optimism must, however, be tempered in the reality that Brazil enters nearly all major tournaments as favourites.
"If [Austria] opens up in defense, go for it, ' I told him at the break", Tite said.
Reuters The World Cup is the ultimate opportunity for soccer players to make a name for themselves. Maybe the little genius will finally rise to the occasion and do what the entire football world knows he needs to do: win the ultimate prize in his game. I'm very optimistic about Brazil.
The World Cup will be increased from 32 to 48 teams from 2026 but the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) proposed in April that the change be introduced in 2022.
Egypt are banking on the availability of Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who was injured in the Champions League final, as they try to get past the first stage for the first time.