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World Cup 2014: Opening Ceremony

It's incredible to think that just four years ago, South Africa was in a jovial mood because the whole world had come to visit for a month. The 2010 Fifa World Cup was one of the best, ever and now Brazil will have to impress when the country hosts the prestigious and most watched sports spectacle in the world. 

The world cup starts today and since South Africa is six hours ahead of Brazil, we are going to have really late nights. The opening ceremony is going to be broadcast on Supersport and on SABC TV at 8.15pm, with the first match, Brazil vs. Croatia, taking place at 10pm. 

Here's what we can expect at the Opening Ceremony

Samba, samba, samba and more samba! This is like the Rio Festival, happening daily! Yes! Think scantily clad women, feathers, jewels, crystals, bikinis, half naked men, Samba dancers! It's a celebration of ALL things Brazilian, so imagine how bright, colourful and extravagant it all will be? 

"The Opening Ceremony is a tribute to Brazil and its treasures: nature, people football," said the show’s Belgian artistic director Daphne Cornez. "The sense of excitement here is amazing and everyone is very motivated. It doesn’t matter whether they’re feeling tired or hot sometimes or if they have to go through routines again and again: they just keep on smiling. It’s amazing.'

Cornez said that each of Brazil's treasures will be represented in the show by characters and the use of props. According to various reports, the focal point of the show is going to be a central, “living” LED ball made up of more than 90,000 light clusters producing a luminescence of 7,000 Nits.

The ceremony will last a total of 25 minutes (so short!) and artists like Jennifer Lopez, Pit Bull and Brazil's Claudia Leitte. They will be performing their official World Cup anthem, We Are One. Jennifer Lopez has confirmed her attendance tonight. 

We also expect Brazilian supermdoels, Giselle Bundchen, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Isabeli Fontana, Izabel Goulart and Fernanda Lima to make appearances. Of course the greats, like Pele, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho will also make appearances. 

Will it be as epic as the South African world cup ceremonies? We sure hope so. Four years is a long time to plan! 

You can watch coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on SABC 1 from 7pm and Supersport from 7pm

You can also live stream here

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