Fans celebrate Fifa World Cup kick-off

12:54, Jun 13 2014
Wellington World Cup kickoff
Batucada dancers celebrate the opening of the football World Cup in Brazil.
Wellington World Cup kickoff
Croatian fans have high hopes for their team in their World Cup opening match against hosts Brazil.
Wellington World Cup kickoff
Croatia fans celebrate their side's first goal.
Wellington World Cup kickoff
A Brazil fan celebrates his team getting even with Croatia.
Wellington World Cup kickoff
It's only 9am, but Brazil fans are already partying.
Wellington World Cup kickoff
Brazil have scored a goal, so obviously shirtlessness is a must.
Wellington World Cup kickoff
Fans celebrate a win for the hosts in the opening match of the World Cup.

Football mad fans crammed into Wellington's Shed 6 this morning for the opening match of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

After a colourful opening ceremony, a crowd of about 650 settled down for the first match, tournament favourites Brazil against Croatia.

Many sported the green and yellow of Brazil, while there was also a fair smattering of red and white from Croatian fans, who went wild when their team drew first blood.

The match went the way of the hosts, however, with Brazil winning 3-1.

Swede Carin Sundstedt, 38, was wearing a Brazil top, and had been whipping up the crowd as a member of percussion group Batucada.

"We're wild about anything Brazilian," she said. 

The free "Fiesta of Football" event was organised by the The FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 local organising committee, the Embassy of Brazil and Wellington City Council.

New Zealand's own FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 tournament kicks off in May next year.

It will feature 24 of the world's top under-20 teams including New Zealand.


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