Brazil opens World Cup in Sao Paulo with football carnival

By Updated at 2014-07-13 18:33:12 +0000

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Final : The full, surprise-free teamsheets

Both teams name unchanged XIs. Miroslav Klose, the World Cup's leading goalscorer, leads the German line ahead of the equally in-form Andre Schurrle. Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero are both fit for the bench, but Sabella is taking no risks, you know how he rolls.

Germany: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Howedes, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Kroos, Ozil, Klose.
Subs: Zieler, Grosskreutz, Ginter, Schurrle, Podolski, Draxler, Durm, Mertesacker, Gotze, Kramer, Weidenfeller.

Argentina: Romero, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Rojo, Biglia, Mascherano, Perez, Higuain, Messi, Lavezzi.
Subs: Orion, Campagnaro, Gago, Di Maria, Rodriguez, Augusto Fernandez, Federico Fernandez, Palacio, Alvarez, Aguero, Basanta, Andujar.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

Final:

>> Germany 0 Argentina 0 - Live!

>> World Cup 2014 results and fixtures — live scores and tables

Play-off for third place:

>> Brazil 0 Holland 3

Semi-Final:

>> Argentina 0 Netherlands 0 - Live

>> Brazil 1 Germany 7 - Live

Quarter Final:

>> Argentina 1 Belgium 0

>> Holland 0 Costa Rica 0

>> Brazil 2 Colombia 1

>> France 0 Germany 1

Round of 16:

>> Belgium 2 USA 1

>> Argentina 1 Switzerland 0

>> Germany 2 Algeria 1

>> France 2 Nigeria 0

>> Costa Rica 6 Greece 4

>> Holland 2 Mexico 1

>> Colombia 2 Uruguay 0

>> Brazil 4 Chile 3

Group Stage:

>> South Korea 0 Belgium 0

>> Algeria 0 Russia 0

>>Portugal 1 Ghana 0

>>USA 0 Germany 0

>>Ecuador 0 France 0

>>Honduras 0 Switzerland 3

>>Iran 1 Bosnia-Herzegovina 3

>>Argentina 0 Nigeria 0

>>Greece 1 Côte d'ivoire 1

>> Japan 1 Colombia 4

>> Italy 0 Uruguay 1

>> Costa Rica 0 England 0

>>Cameroon 1 Brazil 4

>>Croatia 1 Mexico 3

Arena da BaixadaCuritiba 23 Jun 2014 - 13:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group B

>>Australia 0 Spain 3

Arena de Sao PauloSao Paulo 23 Jun 2014 - 13:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group B

>>Holland 2 Chile 0

Arena PantanalCuiaba 21 Jun 2014 - 18:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group F

>> Nigeria 1 Bosnia-Herzegovina 0

Estadio CastelaoFortaleza 21 Jun 2014 - 16:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group G

>> Germany 2 Ghana 2

Estadio MineiraoBelo Horizonte 21 Jun 2014 - 13:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group F

>> Argentina 1 Iran 0

Arena da BaixadaCuritiba 20 Jun 2014 - 19:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group E

>> Honduras 1 Ecuador 2

Arena Fonte NovaSalvador 20 Jun 2014 - 16:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group E

>> Switzerland 2 France 5

Arena PernambucoRecife 20 Jun 2014 - 13:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group D

>> Italy 0 Costa Rica 1

Estadio das DunasNatal 19 Jun 2014 - 19:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group C

>> Japan 0 Greece 0

Arena CorinthiansSao Paulo 19 Jun 2014 - 16:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group D

>> Uruguay 2 England 1

Estadio NacionalBrasilia 19 Jun 2014 - 13:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group C

>> Colombia 2 Côte d'ivoire 1

Arena AmazoniaManaus 18 Jun 2014 - 18:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group A

>> Cameroon 0 Croatia 4

Maracanã - Estádio Jornalista Mário FilhoRio De Janeiro 18 Jun 2014 - 16:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group B

>> Spain 0 Chile 2

Estadio Beira-RioPorto Alegre 18 Jun 2014 - 13:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group B

>> Australia 2 Holland 3

Arena PantanalCuiaba 17 Jun 2014 - 18:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group H

>> Russia 1 South Korea 1

Estadio CastelaoFortaleza 17 Jun 2014 - 16:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group A

>> Brazil 0 Mexico 0

Estadio das DunasNatal 16 Jun 2014 - 19:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group G

>> Belgium 2 Algeria 1

Estadio das DunasNatal 16 Jun 2014 - 19:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group G

>> Ghana 1 USA 2

Arena da BaixadaCuritiba 16 Jun 2014 - 16:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group F

>> Iran 0 Nigeria 0

Maracanã - Estádio Jornalista Mário FilhoRio De Janeiro 15 Jun 2014 - 19:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group F

>> Germany 4 Portugal 0

Maracanã - Estádio Jornalista Mário FilhoRio De Janeiro 15 Jun 2014 - 19:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group F

>> Argentina 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1

Estadio Beira-RioPorto Alegre 15 Jun 2014 - 16:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group E

>> France 3 Honduras 0

Estadio NacionalBrasilia 15 Jun 2014 - 13:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group E

>> Switzerland 2 Ecuador 1

Arena PernambucoRecife 14 Jun 2014 - 22:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group C

>> Côte d'ivoire 2 Japan 1

Arena AmazoniaManaus 14 Jun 2014 - 18:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group D

>> England 1 Italy 2

Estadio CastelaoFortaleza 14 Jun 2014 - 16:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group D

>> Uruguay 1 Costa Rica 3

Estadio MineiraoBelo Horizonte 14 Jun 2014 - 13:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group C

>> Colombia 3 Greece 0

Arena Fonte NovaSalvador 13 Jun 2014 - 16:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group B

>> Chile 3 Australia 1

Arena Fonte NovaSalvador 13 Jun 2014 - 16:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group B

>> Spain 1 Holland 5

Estadio das DunasNatal 13 Jun 2014 - 13:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group A

>> Mexico 1 Cameroon 0

Arena CorinthiansSao Paulo 12 Jun 2014 - 17:00 Local time
Group Stage - Group A

>> Brazil 0 Croatia 1

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Brazil opens World Cup in Sao Paulo with football carnival
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The 2014 World Cup has kicked of with an opening ceremony in Sao Paulo. The lead-up to the tournament has been highlighted by public outrage over the cost of hosting the world's biggest sporting event.

Brazil opened the World Cup on Thursday with a football-style carnival at the Corinthians Arena. The opening Brazil-Croatia match is to follow at 5 p.m. local time (20:00 UTC), with more than 61,000 fans expected to pack the stadium. The 32-nation tournament will be officially opened by the symbolic gesture of three children sending doves into the air in the center circle of the pitch right before kickoff.
Twelve heads of state or government are among the VIP guests in the stadium, including Brazilian President Dilma Roussef. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was also expected in the crowd, along with under-fire FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has urged his compatriots to rally behind the players as they attempt to capture their first title on home soil.
"To all Brazilians I want to tell you the time has arrived. This is our World Cup," he said on the eve of the tournament.
Ornate opening ceremony
The pre-match fanfare included a performance by US pop star Jennifer Lopez, hundreds of dancers, drummers and gymnasts and a paraplegic who kicked a football in a robotic silver suit. Lopez had initially said she was pulling out of the opening ceremony due to "production issues," but changed her mind with two days to go. Her song "We Are One," is the official tune of the World Cup, but has been panned as a disappointing follow-up to previous tournament classics.
"The opening ceremony is a tribute to Brazil and its treasures: nature, people, football," said Belgian artistic director Daphne Cornez.
Organizers said 20 hours of work involving more than 1,200 people went into preparing the 25-minute opening ceremony. The event featured a giant LED ball made up of more than 90,000 light clusters.
Thousands of fans have also flocked to Rio's Copacabana beach to watch the event at the Fan Fest space. A 133-square-meter screen was erected, and the area was decorated with yellow and green, the colors of the Brazilian flag.
Rio's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue has been illuminated by the colors of all nations taking part in the tournament. Some 600,000 fans are traveling to the capital city for the event.
Under the shadow of protests
The opening day of the World Cup was marked by clashes between protesters and police in Sao Paulo. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on the main highway leading into the Corinthians Arena, with police pushing them back with tear gas and stun grenades. Other protests were held earlier in Rio de Janeiro and around the country.
Preparations for the World Cup have been hampered by months of protests, illustrating the widespread public anger over the $11 billion spent on the month-long tournament. The government has responded by boosting security during the event, deploying 150,000 soldiers and police, along with 20,000 private security officers.

(AFP, Reuters, dpa)

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Brazil 3-1 Croatia

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