In pictures: Brazil 2014 opening ceremony

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Brazil 2014 opening ceremony

The best photos from the World Cup opening ceremony in São Paulo. See Gallery

The day has finally come for football fans around the globe. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil kicked off June 12 with a colourful opening ceremony at Itaquerao Stadium in São Paulo, featuring hundreds of costumed dancers and a performance from Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte.

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The opening ceremony took place ahead of the first game of the tournament, between Brazil and Croatia.

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A dancer performs during the opening ceremony.

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Performers dance during the opening ceremony.

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Performers arrive for the opening ceremony.

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Performers participate in the opening ceremony.

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Performers dressed as flowers participate in the opening ceremony.

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An actor performs during the opening ceremony.

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Performers demonstrate a Brazilian martial art called "capoeira."

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Brazil fans pose before the 2014 World Cup opening match.

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Artists perform at the opening ceremony.

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Actors perform during the opening ceremony.

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A performer is thrown into the air.

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A young performer waits during the opening ceremony.

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A fan poses during the opening ceremony.

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A Brazilian fan in fancy dress soaks up the atmosphere outside Itaquerao stadium.

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Singers Claudia Leitte, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull perform during the opening ceremony.

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Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte performs during the opening ceremony.

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Singers Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull perform.

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Brazil fans cheer in the grandstands.