Colourful opening ceremony marks start of 20th FIFA World Cup

first_imgClaudia Leitte, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull during the ceremony.With all of the issues and questions leading up to the World Cup, Itaquerao Stadium shone under blue skies as Brazil kicked off its home World Cup with a football-style carnival.Jennifer Lopez, rapper Pitbull and Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte bounced around a giant stage resembling a peeled melon singing “We Are One” on Brazil’s Valentine’s Day.The opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo.Brazil is ready to samba, and plans to teach the world to join in for the coming month during soccer’s showcase tournament.The field was covered in bright colours for the opening ceremony, which cost $8 million, or about 18 million Brazilian reais.Dancers perform at the opening ceremony at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo.In a bid to celebrate nature, people dressed up as flowers, trees and raindrops danced around a spinning LED ball that swirled and glowed in many hues and later transformed into the tournament’s official ball, the Brazuca. At the end, it opened out and became a stage on which Pitbull, Lopez and Leitte performed.last_img

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