Performers dance during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
Performers dance during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
Performers dance during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Performers dance during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Performers dance during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Performers dance during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Performers take part in the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
Performers take part in the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
Performers take part in the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Performers take part in the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Performers jump on a trampolin during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
Performers jump on a trampolin during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
Performers dance during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Performers dance during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Performers participate in the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Performers participate in the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Performers take part in the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Performers take part in the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Performers take part in the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by:Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Performers take part in the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by:Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Performers are thrown into the air during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.Photo by:Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
Performers are thrown into the air during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.Photo by:Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte sings during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte sings during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
Singers Pitbull (C), Jennifer Lopez (in green) and Brazil's Claudia Leitte perform during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Singers Pitbull (C), Jennifer Lopez (in green) and Brazil's Claudia Leitte perform during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Singers Claudia Leitte (L-R), Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull perform during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.   Photo by:Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Singers Claudia Leitte (L-R), Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull perform during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by:Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Brazilian fans pose during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.Photo by: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Brazilian fans pose during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.Photo by: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
A performer is thrown into the air during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by:Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
A performer is thrown into the air during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by:Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
Singers Claudia Leitte, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull perform during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.     Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Singers Claudia Leitte, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull perform during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
(L-R) Singers Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
(L-R) Singers Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Performers pose during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.Photo by: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Performers pose during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.Photo by: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Performers dance during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.Photo by: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Performers dance during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.Photo by: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Singers Claudia Leitte (L), Jennifer Lopez (C) and Pitbull perform during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by:Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
Singers Claudia Leitte (L), Jennifer Lopez (C) and Pitbull perform during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by:Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

The opening ceremony for the World Cup got under way at Sao Paulo's Corinthians Arena, in a vivid, colourful contrast to the violent protests taking place in the city. - Text by AFP