Robbie Williams will help kick off The World Cup in Russian Federation

Annette Crawford
June 11, 2018

Ronaldo was part of the triumphant Brazil squad at the 1994 World Cup, albeit he did not feature, and then claimed the Golden Boot with eight goals as he led his nation to the trophy eight years later.

The PSG maestro also said he believes Brazil are fully prepared for Russian Federation and are dreaming of victory.

"We are drawn to machine learning models because they can sift through a large number of possible explanatory variables to produce more accurate forecasts than conventional alternatives", a group of strategists from Goldman's worldwide research team wrote in a client note. The talismanic forward also said that he was shocked about the Canaries' 1-7 loss at home to Germans four years ago.

Neymar missed the final three month's of Paris Saint-Germain's season after breaking his foot in February but has returned fit for Brazil and scored for the second straight friendly.

Leading the defence will be Marcelo in the absence of injured Dani Alves.

During the tournament's group stage, Brazil will play in Group E against Switzerland (June 17, Rostov-on-Don), Costa Rica (June 22, St. Petersburg) and Serbia (June 27, Moscow, Spartak Stadium).

With 97 caps to his name, Pique's partnership with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos remains one of the most fearsome and complete defensive duo's in world football.

"Les Bleus" are once again a favourite thanks to their coach Didier Deschamps.

Euronews spoke to former football players and pundits about their World Cup views and predictions.

"I never imagined I would be part of this huge celebration, the World Cup, happening in my own country", said the soloist.

Brazilian optimism must, however, be tempered in the reality that Brazil enters nearly all major tournaments as favourites.

However, there are some teams that can produce incredible performances that could drastically change the outcome of the World Cup in Russian Federation. The moment they face more experienced national teams, I think Portugal won't go through. Danske Bank also picked Brazil in its preview, which would give the South American team a record six titles, while Commerzbank sees Germany lifting its fifth. Perez has scored 43 worldwide goals, so the production is there, however, it remains to be seen if he can crack top defenses like Belgium and England.

Retired French footballer Marcel Desailly, who was a member of both France national squads that won the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000, shared his insights on France's hopes.

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