Fans celebrate Fifa World Cup kick-off
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.
The Dominion Post