The FIFA World Cup 2014 opening ceremony kicked off on Thursday after four years' wait. The Arena Corinthians stadium in São Paulo looked colorful and the aura was awesome but the organizers seem to have failed to keep their words – to showcase Brazil's treasures. Some even consider it as the worst World Cup opening ceremony ever.
There was the "LED ball made up of more than 90,000 light clusters producing a luminance of 7,000 Nits" in the middle of the ground and hundreds of dancers took centre stage. There were participants dressed like budding flowers, martial arts artists, rowing boat carried by some men, gymnasts with ball-shaped head gear, a little bit of samba feel and a little more, but there is nothing special about the 25-odd minutes ceremony.
Brazil is not just about football and beautiful people. It has rich culture, but the organizers failed to showcase the richness of the country in the stipulated 25 minutes, leaving thousands of viewers disappointed.
Many among the two billion plus television viewers have taken to Twitter and other social networking sites to express their disappointment.
Worst. Opening Ceremony. Ever. #FifaWorldCup
— Jazza John (@JazzaJohn) June 12, 2014
These Nike World Cup adverts were better than the actual World Cup opening ceremony.
— STAN (@ParvesKoyes) June 12, 2014
— Mark Jones (@mistermarkjones) June 12, 2014
— Bronwyn Hardick (@missbronni) June 12, 2014
The live performance of the FIFA World Cup 2014 theme song, "We Are One (Ole Ola)" by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte was terrible. The song was not as popular as Shakira's "Waka Waka" that was a hit four years ago, and on top of that, the sound system was awful with voices of the singers hardly audible. J-Lo tried to add glamor to the event with a skimpy green outfit but that was not enough.
In fact, many will say the annual Rio Carnival looks grandeur than the World Cup 2014 opening ceremony despite spending millions of dollars on it.