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Performers dance during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Ivan Alvarado/ReutersPerformers dance during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/ReutersPerformers dance during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/ReutersPerformers take part in the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Paulo Whitaker/ReutersPerformers take part in the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/ReutersPerformers 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/ReutersPerformers dance during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/ReutersPerformers participate in the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Damir Sagolj/ReutersPerformers take part in the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/ReutersPerformers take part in the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by:Fabrizio Bensch/ReutersPerformers 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/ReutersBrazilian 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/ReutersSingers 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/ReutersSingers 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/ReutersBrazilian 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/ReutersA 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/ReutersSingers 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/ReutersPerformers pose during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.Photo by: Damir Sagolj/ReutersPerformers dance during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.Photo by: Damir Sagolj/ReutersSingers 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

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