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THE World Cup kicked off with a breathtaking visual spectacular at the opening ceremony in South Africa. Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium rang out to the sound of music and cheering as the 19th edition of the Fifa tournament roared into life. More than 1,500 artists enthralled the crowd - at least half of whom missed out on the colourful proceedings by arriving late at the 85,000-capacity venue. After an aerial display by the South African air force, a group of drummers and dancers performed a Welcome to Africa song that included an introduction to all 10 of the tournament's venues. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and president Jacob Zuma were among those spotted at the opening. Back home, hundreds of people flocked to Trafalgar Square in London for a day-long event.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jun 12, 2010
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