Simple and speech-free was the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, this Thursday, on the pitch of the Sao Paulo stadium, as a foretaste of the first match between Brazil and Croatia.
This was an unprecedented inauguration. None of the opening ceremonies of the previous 19 World championships had ever been so short in duration, lasting only 26 minutes. Besides, there was neither a speech from the head of state of the host country nor from the head of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).
Ecology, music and football marked the ceremony. The act began with the entry of a gigantic ball screen, from which the participants were welcomed in various languages. Then Brazil’s typical nature followed, representing by people disguised as trees, plants and flowers.
There were also aborigines in canoes, giving way to colourful dancers and other artists with musical instruments of the country’s folklore.
But football could not be absent in the opening ceremony in the soil of the five times World champion. That’s why a referee came in holding a card with the number 20 – the number of the World Cup in that order – acrobats with a football covering their heads and clothes based on hexagons – resembling football seams –, and kids kicking balls.
Finally, the screen ball bloomed like a flower and from its core came up the Brazilian Claudia Leitte, the Puerto Rican Jennifer López and the American Pitbull singing We are one, the official song of the World Cup.
Undoubtedly, the novelty was the initial kick-off by a young paraplegic, aided by an external robotic skeleton.
Down into competition, Brazil beat Croatia 3-1, with two goals of the striker Neymar (one from the penalty spot) and other of the offensive midfielder Oscar. The goal for Croatia was self-inflicted by defender Marcelo.
Translated by ESTI