World Cup 2014 - 100 days to go: FIFA World Cup 2014
100 days until the start of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Stars Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez will perform at the opening ceremony.
The FIFA World Cup is the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world, and is expected to draw over 600,000 international tourists to Brazil during the 30-day tournament. Overall, an estimated number of 3,300,000 people are likely to attend this years' World Cup, which is almost triple the number Brazil had when the country last hosted the World Cup in 1950. Aside from Sao Paulo, the games will take place in a further 11 host cities throughout Brazil: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, Porto Alegre, Manaus, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro, where the final game will be held.
FIFA said it had chosen “We Are One (Ole Ola),” a collaborative musical effort featuring Pitbull, Lopez and Brazilian artist Claudia Leitte, as the World Cup’s official anthem.
Leitte will perform at the World Cup ceremony at the Arena de Sao Paulo with Pitbull and Lopez.
“I’m honored to join Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte at the FIFA World Cup to bring the world together,” said Pitbull, according to a press release on the FIFA website. “I truly believe that this great game and the power of music will help unify us, because we are best when we are one.”
“We Are One (Ole Ola)” is scheduled to debut before the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and is to be part of the “Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album” to be released by Sony Music Entertainment. There will also be a “We Are One (Ole Ola)” video.
Lopez, who has collaborated on many projects and performances with Pitbull, said: "I grew up in a house that loved 'futbol', so I am thrilled to be performing at the World Cup Opening Ceremonies with Pitbull and Claudia Leitte. This is an amazing celebration of global unity, competition and the sport.”
England play Italy two days later on the 14th June at Manaus. Uruguay will have already played Costa Rica before this match so the scale of the challenge will already be clear. A win or a draw would be the only outcome of use to England in there initial challenge of moving on from the Group D. Expect a nervous defensive performance. England were beaten by Italy at Euro 2012 by penalties but at least that will not be a factor in the group stage and a draw could be useful.
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