Federation Internationale de Football Association nations vote for World Cup 2026 host

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At the end of its technical meeting ahead of the World Cup finals which gets underway this week in Russia, FIFA announced that changes will be made to the way that the world rankings of worldwide teams are calculated, switching to a method that add or subtracts points from a country's total rather than averaging them over a multi-year period.

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has manned the mission to present an warmer and more open Russian Federation to the world, and has looked to complete the tournament preparations by sticking to a budget reported to be around £7.4billion.

The former Take That frontman, best known for the hits Angels and RockDJ, will perform a special duet with Russian soprano Aida Garifullina before the host nation's opening match with Saudi Arabia in Group A.

Federation Internationale de Football Association did not comment on whether the song would form part of Williams' performance, saying the set list would be kept as a "surprise".

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Williams said he was "happy and excited" about the "unique performance" in front of 80,000 fans and many millions all over the world and that it was a boyhood dream.

The opening ceremony will take place at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

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.

In an interview with RT Sport, the Manchester United manager named Portugal, Brazil, Argentina and Germany as his World Cup semi-finalists. That avoids a potentially embarrassing meeting with his successor Gianni Infantino, German news agency DPA reported.

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