Federation Internationale de Football Association picks referee Pitana of Argentina for World Cup opener

Federation Internationale de Football Association picks referee Pitana of Argentina for World Cup opener

As well as the relative strength of both teams involved, less importance will be given to friendly games when determining the rankings, while more will be given to the major tournaments.

2018 will be the 21st Fifa World Cup, 88 years after the inaugural tournament in Uruguay (1930) and for the first time in Russian Federation.

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.

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

"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".

Following the opening game against Uruguay, Egypt will face the hosts Russian Federation on June 14 before lining up against Saudi Arabia in the ultimate group stage match on June 25.

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In the last edition of the FIFA World Cup, Nigeria were knocked out by France in Brazil.

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.

"We are proud to be able to bring unforgettable emotions to hundreds of thousands football fans and make them feel part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup which is about to start in a few days".

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.

Chile, Ecuador and even Paraguay were considered favorites for South America's fifth spot in the World Cup.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News.

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