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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Confederations Cup 2017 -- the opening ceremony in pictures

Opening ceremonies for major football tournaments are notoriously difficult affairs to make sense of, and the 2017 Confederations Cup equivalent did not disappoint.

Football fans across the globe got a taste of what they can expect at the 2018 World Cup counterpart next summer in this rehearsal display that showed just what a colourful and captivating country Russia is.

Here are some of the more memorable pictures of performers in action in St. Petersburg.

2018 World Cup mascot Zabivaka the wolf and Victoria Lopyreva, a tournament ambassador, were in attendance.
2018 World Cup mascot Zabivaka the wolf and Victoria Lopyreva, a tournament ambassador, were in attendance.
Clowns were part of the proceedings and helped to bring the noise.
Clowns were part of the proceedings and helped to bring the noise.
A DJ performed alongside some colourfully costumed accompaniment.
A DJ performed alongside some colourfully costumed accompaniment.
There was plenty of horsing around from the acts on show.
There was plenty of horsing around from the acts on show.
Plenty of fans turned up for the opening ceremony.
Plenty of fans turned up for the opening ceremony.
Dancers were dressed to impress.
Dancers were dressed to impress.

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