If you didn’t manage to make it to Brazil for the opening ceremony for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, then here are a few things that will help you go to sleep at night.
This summer Brazil is hosting the FIFA World Cup for the second time in history. The opening ceremony will take place on the same ground in Sao Paulo where Brazil and Croatia will go head to head to mark the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup; on 12 June 2014, at the Arena de Sao Paulo (also called the Corinthians Arena).
- Fun Facts about the city hosting the Opening Ceremony
- Sao Paulo is one of Brazil’s most metropolitan and multicultural cities
- Sao Paulo is located only 70 kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean.
- Sao Paulo gets lots of rainfall but that doesn’t stop the tourism from flourishing in the region. There are thousands of restaurants and parks across the city.
- Did I mention that the city has the largest number of helicopters in the entire world?
San Paulo is one of the 12 cities that will be hosting matches for this year’s football World Cup. 32 teams are going to go head-to-head in one of the most anticipated events of the year.
The Official Song: We are One!
33 year old award winning Brazilian singer Cláudia Leitte will be singing alongside 33 year old American rapper Armando Christian Perez at the opening ceremony. You probably know him as Pitbull. Pitbull, sang the official song for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with guest vocals by Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte.
Left to Right: J-Lo, Pitbull & Leitte
Original plans for the event were that J-lo would perform alongside Pitbull, but she recently dropped out because of production issues and Leitte will be taking her place.
Here is the official video of the song:
The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song We Are One (Ole Ola) Music video by Pitbull feat. Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte
Over 600 dancers will be performing at the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony is expected to last 25 minutes. If you notice that the entire event is taking longer than 25 minutes, you’ll be one of the few people who will know that the event did not go according to plan. You and the event managers at the actual event.
Rehearsels are taking place every day in order to make sure that the opening ceremony is beyond perfect.
According to the Belgian Artistic Director Daphne Cornez:
“The Opening Ceremony is a tribute to Brazil and its treasures: nature, people football. 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.”
She is the one of the artistic directors for the Opening Ceremony – working as part of the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group – and has put her very soul into the event’s preparation.
FIFA Artistic Director Daphne Cornez
She has worked on numerous international events in the past including the ceremony of the Pan American Games in Colombia.
The day time ceremony won’t have a lot of fireworks and the count of 600 performers includes all types of acrobatic gymnasts including trampolinists and Brazilian martial arts performers who have trained specially for the event.
Oh, and when you hear the drums beating at the event, know that it is the sound of the Afro Brazilian cultural group Olodum performing. This is the same group that performed with Michael Jackson, for his chart topping song They Don’t Care About Us. Forgot? Here’s the video:
Gentlemen, Synchronize your Watches
Not sure what time you should tune-in to watch the opening ceremony? Here is a translation of the time into different time zones to help you make plans with your friends.
Here is a full match schedule for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
If you are not one of the 40,000 fans who will be sitting in the stadium to watch the opening ceremony, then welcome to the club! I wasn’t very thrilled about the prospect of watching the opening ceremony from home, so I decided to do a bit of research to learn a bit more about the whole event. I hope learning a bit about the FIFA 2014 World Cup opening ceremony helped you as much as it helped me.