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Morocco has already made four failed bids to host the World Cup. Using data from soccer site Transfermarkt, Business Insider has picked out the most valuable player from every one of the 32 teams going to the tournament.

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Two-time World Cup victor Ronaldo will also take part in the ceremony, which will be broadcast live around the world immediately before the opening match between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia commences at 16:00 BST on Thursday.

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France were the last World Cup hosts to win the trophy in 1998. It also holds the record of the best overall performance in World Cup, with a record of 70 victories in 104 matches played.

Final round competitions such as FIFA World Cup finals will be given much more weight now, as compared to friendly matches, which many believed were lesser important.

"The team is going to be different in the sense that everybody has to move".

However, Chelsea defender David Luiz was omitted from Tite's squad earlier this month meaning that the 31-year-old's famous hair will not be on show in Russian Federation. However, Brazil are not blessed with an abundance of defensive talent and his omission has come as a surprise to many.

Since the split up of the USSR, Russia have never reached the knockout stages of the World Cup in three appearances (1994, 2002, 2014).

Henrik Larsson is exhausted of the discussion regarding Zlatan Ibrahimovic's absence from Sweden's World Cup squad, and believes it's possible that the decision to overlook him will prove beneficial. He featured in one game with Spain as a player in the 1998 tournament.

FIFA World Cup 2018 kicks off on June 14.

A big question mark hangs over the participation of Egypt and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, who is still receiving treatment for the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final.

The 23-year-old endured a testing debut campaign at Old Trafford in 2017-18 as he struggled for regular starts, but ex-Red Devils loanee Larsson believes he will be a better player for that experience and those to come in Russian Federation. Benzema was expected to be recalled ahead of Euro 2016 but, despite rumours of a potential return, he was not selected as the team finished runners-up in the tournament.

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