J-Lo, Pitbull raise curtain on World Cup

23:51, Jun 12 2014
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Pitbull and J Lo lead the party at Arena de Sao Paulo at the football World Cup opening ceremony.
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Colourful costumes at the football World Cup opening ceremony at Arena de Sao Paulo.
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Brazilian pop singer Claudia Leitte got the crowd rocking at the football World Cup opening ceremony.
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Protective gear necessary for these World Cup opening ceremony acrobats who entertained the nearly 50,000 people at Arena de Sao Paulo.
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Trampoline performers added some colour and frivolity with an Amazon theme.
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Brazil fans show their colours at the football World Cup opening ceremony at Arena de Sao Paulo.
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Singers J Lo, Claudia Leitte and Pitbull entertain the nearly 50,000 people at the football World Cup opening ceremony.
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Don't stop the party! Pitbull rocks as J Lo squats at the football World Cup opening ceremony.
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J Lo gets loud at Arena de Sao Paulo, performing for the nearly 50,000 people at the football World Cup opening ceremony.
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Time to play in Brazil as performers open the football World Cup at Arena de Sao Paulo.
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A variety of tastes and styles of traditional Brazilian garb featured in the football World Cup opening ceremony.
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Like an over-sized birthday cake, the football centre piece at the World Cup opening ceremony at Arena de Sao Paulo had a surprise waiting on the inside.
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Music superstars J Lo, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte were revealed when the football opened!
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The party cranked as J Lo, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte got into their work.
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The football centre piece was covered in LEDs enabling it to light up colourfully and in the design of the World Cup ball - the Brazuca.
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Party time Brazil!

With all of the issues and questions leading up to the World Cup, Sao Paulo's Itaquerao Stadium shined 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.

Brazil is ready to samba, and plans to teach the world to join in for the coming month during soccer's showcase tournament.

The soccer-crazed country hoped today's Croatia-Brazil opener would just be the start of a run to extend its record to six World Cup wins.

The field was covered in for the opening ceremony, which cost NZ$9.2 million, or about $18m Brazilian reais.

The centre of the show was a giant LED ball made up of more than 90,000 light clusters - one of few large-scale technical wonders in the event as organisers were ordered to avoid placing a strain on the pitch where Brazil and Croatia face off 75 minutes after the ceremony.

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