Known to many by his stage name "Captain Abdul", the part-time DJ, soccer coach, tournament organizer, taxi driver and avid soccer fan is on a mission to get as many people as possible excited about the tournament.
Banned former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter has received an open invitation from President Vladimir Putin to attend the World Cup in Russia and intends to take it up, Blatter's spokesman Thomas Renggli said on Tuesday.
Renggli said the Swiss has not yet decided when he would make his trip to Russian Federation or what game he would attend, but that he would definitely not attend the opening ceremony or inaugural match between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
Naturally, the Luzhniki Stadium was where the majority of preparations were being finalised ahead Russia's opening group game against Saudi Arabia.
Another date to remember is June 28, when England take on Belgium in their final Group G encounter.
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The United States has said for years that there is no reason for the Kim regime to see the exercises as inflammatory. South Korea contributes, but not 100 percent, which is a subject that we have to talk to them about also.
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.
"I never imagined I would be part of this huge celebration, the World Cup, happening in my own country", the soloist from the Vienna State Opera said.
Brazil's two-time World Cup victor Ronaldo will also feature in a ceremony billed as consisting of a new format.
Federation Internationale de Football Association notes that the new Elo method has been used in other sports for a number of years and is even involved in calculating the women's world rankings, with a specific version (SUM) developed especially to take into account FIFA's considerations.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News.