THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

6 June ~ In just under a week the 2014 World Cup will kick off in Brazil, with the host nation facing Croatia at the Maracanã in São Paulo. When they last held the tournament, in 1950, Brazil met Mexico in the opening game in the same stadium. The opening ceremony included a 21-gun salute, during which there were repots of small bits of concrete falling on the crowd, as well as the release of hundreds of birds. Brazil won 4-0 with two goals from Ademir and one each for Jair and Baltazar. The video below shows much of the build-up footage as well as a couple of goals and some still photographs.

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