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Sunday 21 December 2014

World Cup 2014 opening ceremony in pictures: Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte kick off tournament with 'We Are One (Ole Ola)'

Singers Jennifer Lopez, Claudia Leitte and Pitbull perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Singers Jennifer Lopez, Claudia Leitte and Pitbull perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, left, US singer Jennifer Lopez and rapper Pitbull perform during the opening ceremony ahead of the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
From left, rapper Pitbull, Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte and US singer Jennifer Lopez perform before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, left, US singer Jennifer Lopez and rapper Pitbull perform during the opening ceremony ahead of the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Rafael Camango, 26, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, wears paint on his face to represent his country's flag, while waiting to enter Itaquerao Stadium to watch the World Cup opening match, between Brazil and Croatia of group A, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Thursday is a holiday in Sao Paulo and everybody is celebrating the start of the international soccer tournament. Fans dressed in yellow and green greeted each other, often yelling, "Vai Brazil!" (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Actors perform during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A Brazil fan waits for the start of the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A soccer fan waits for the start of the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A fan flashes a v-sign before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A Brazil fan cheers prior to the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Singer Jennifer Lopez performs during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: (L-R) Perfomers Jennifer Lopez, Claudia Leitte and Pitbull perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: (L-R) Performers Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: (L-R) Performers Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: (L-R) Singers Jennifer Lopez, Claudia Leitte and Pitbull perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: (L-R) Singers Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: (L-R) Singers Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Signer Claudia Leitte performs during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: (L-R) Singers Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Claudia Leitte performs during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A general view of the arena during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: (Editors Note: Image was created using a fisheye lens) A general view of the arena during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: An artist performs during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: The Happiness Flag is seen as artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform over the Happiness Flag during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A general view of the arena during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A general view of the arena during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A performer is carried in a boat during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan looks on during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan cheers during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A person in a Batman costume holds a sign during an anti-World Cup demonstration on June 12, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is the first day of World Cup play. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan holds a scarf before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A fan holds up a sign before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Mexico fans cheer wearing large peacock feathered headdresses before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Mexico fan looks on while wearing a large peacock feathered headdress during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan cheers before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans with painted faces smile before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan looks on before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan smiles before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan takes a picture before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Croatia fans pose before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans enjoy the atmosphere before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A fan smiles while wearing Brazil 2014 shaped glasses before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A fan smiles while wearing Brazil 2014 shaped glasses before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A fan smiles while wearing glasses with Brazilian flag lenses during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans with painted faces smile before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan waves the Brazilian flag before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan smiles before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan smiles before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan uses a mobile phone before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan poses before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans pose before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazilian fans kiss before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan waves the Brazilian flag before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A fan wearing a Fuleco mascot hat looks on before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan smiles before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A Brazil fan smiles before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A fan holds a child before the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Posto adidas - "The Dugout" YouTube Live TV Show and Press Conference with Guests Patrick Vieira and Fernando Hierro on June, 12, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for Adidas)

Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte have kicked off World Cup 2014 in Brazil with the official FIFA song, “We Are One (Ole Ola)”. We bring you a selection of photographs from the opening ceremony.

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