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2010 FIFA World Cup kicked off colored opening ceremony

This is the first time that the world’s tournament was held at an African nation. The 91,000-capacity Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa was full during the opening ceremony with the participation of political leaders of the 32 competing nations to grace the ceremony and cheer for their teams. The FIFA World Cup drew innumerable worldwide viewers.

 

The opening ceremony features performances which highlight the best of African culture with a focus on the “six-pack” of African nations participating in the continent’s first global tournament. The event combined creativity and the charm of new technologies. World renowned performers including Shakira, Alica Keys, Black Eyed Peas, and John Legend were present at the ceremony. Unfortunately, Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, cancelled plans to attend the ceremony due to his great-grandchildren’s accident.

 

The FIFA World Cup, one of the mostly watched sporting-event in the world.

 

The opening ceremony features performances which highlight the best of African culture.

 

The ceremony focused on the “six-pack” of African nations participating in the continent’s first World Cup

 

Flags of over 200 nations and territories

 

A stadium of flags

 

Impressive Mexican’s hats

 

Fans of Mexico and South Africa before the opening match

 

Performance of planes at the opening ceremony

 

Official ball of the FIFA World Cup 2010

 

Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon (left), the President of South Africa Jacob Zuma (middle), and President of Mexico Felipe Calderon

 

Mexico fan with South African’s favorite blowing horn vuvuzela

 

Mexican showed their respect to Mandela “You’re an inspiration, MEXICO needs someone like you”.

 

 

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2010 FIFA World Cup kicked off colored opening ceremony
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