Good evening, everybody! Well, after literally hours of anticipation it’s finally time to get our coverage of the World Cup finals under way. We’ll be back at 7.00 (BST) with this very live-blog of the opening ceremony, and as soon as that’s done we’ll be back for the opening match of the tournament, which to be played between Brazil and Croatia in São Paulo at 9.00. In the meantime, here’s a small sample of World Cup opening ceremonies from days gone by.
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Better late than never!
I do see you 5 days a week.
Anything less than Brazil becoming champions will be seen as another disappointment. I like Scolari though, and his style suits the team he has at the moment so I see them doing very well. It will surely take a really good performance to restrain them – tonight certainly.
“Modric plus ten” is a little unfair on them.
Due to both our confidence in the outcome it’s a sure fire win for Croatia, or a bore-draw.
I’m going to be less confident of the result but I will go for a Brazil opening win. I think, unfortunately, it will be as a jog not a run.
Maybe even limping over the line.
Mandzukic is out due to his red card against Iceland back in November during their qualifying games. Can’t see Jelavic, if he plays, causing the Samba squad as much of a problem. But Croatia have a strong team. Rakitic has been outstanding at Sevilla this season and Lovren surely won’t do his transfer options any harm.
So, now we’re on the game build-up, what do you think the result will be tonight?
I guess these Nike adverts were made before Sweden failed to quality and Ribery got ruled out.
It’s all over (I think)
Is that the only choice Hodgson has to make? Welbeck or Sterling?
‘A J-Lo’ is the new way we should refer to her.
I doubt the sequins are doing you many favours either then. At least the trees are back.
Here comes Jennifer Lopez, from the Bronx!
As easy as walking a dog!
The one in the England shirt hasn’t messed up yet – which basically suggests they are from Brazil.
Going off the World Cup, but Football related, Fabregas is a steal at £27 million.
Wait…. those hats look at bit like Football’s
Cor, and there’s a long way to go yet. I’m quite partial to the James Bond/Queen moment from the Olympics.
I for one think the Ent’s are the best thing I’ve seen in any opening ceremony since Dianna Ross’ penalty kick.
Are these professionals dancers? I’m not disappointed because it reminds me of a Tolkien novel.
Well you’re right, they’re from São Paulo… I believe.
I’d mute it over half time if I were you!
So, I loved that CGI Zlatan introduction for the new Nike advert. I hear he has a new twitter hashtag that he’s pushing at every opportunity.
I’m quietly confident we’re going to see Sepultura later; who will also berate Adrian Chiles.
It’s only up from this point.