World Cup kicks off with lavish ceremony
By Umaid Wasim in Sao Paulo
THE day finally arrived all Brazilians and i he world were waiting for.
After all the concerns over construction
delays, strikes and protests. the 2014 FIFA World Cup opened with a colourful inaugural ceremony highlighting the Brazilian culture on Thursday.
A protest l.i kilometres away from the Arena Corinthians six hours before the first match between Brazil and Croatia kicked off at 5:00pm local time (1:00am FST, Friday) had threatened to steal the spotlight away from the opening of the world’s biggest sports event.
But police managed to
SAO PAULO: A colourful dance during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena here on Thursday.—Reuters
quell the protest and the stage was set for a lavish opening to this year’s FIFA showpiece which was attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and 12 heads of
states. Performers showed the diversity of the Brazilian culture, at the jam-packed 61,000-cap-acily arena highlighting the country’s vast expanse of rainforests