June 12 - Brazil explodes with street parties, as colorful characters and cheering fans storm Sao Paulo for the World Cup opening ceremony and opening matches. Multimedia Display (no reporter narration).
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Brazil exploded with street parties as the World Cup kicked off on Thursday (June 12) with the official opening ceremony.
Millions of fans dressed in Brazil's canary yellow, green and blue home colors and cheered as the opening match between Brazil and Croatia kicked off, at a newly built stadium in Sao Paulo whose cost and late delivery came to embody the troubled World Cup preparations.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED CROATIA FAN, SAYING:
"We came only for the first game because if we win, it's like we already won the World Cup so why would we stay here?"
(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZIL FAN, RUBENS ALVES MORIDA, SAYING:
"In 1950, we lost here in Brazil, today is a chance to forget this and win what would be the sixth world title. Today the Brazilian people will all be together to see if we can win this sixth title."
Brazil is seen by many fans around the world as the spiritual home of soccer and hundreds of thousands will descend on the country for the month-long tournament, but until now the enthusiasm among Brazilians has been muted.