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The World Cup Begins Today!



World Cup Bella Naija

It  is the event football fans have been awaiting for the past four years! And its finally here. The 2014 FIFA World Cup starts today!

The games will kick off with a star-studded opening ceremony at the Itaquerão stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. International superstars including Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, and Claudia Leitte will be performing (JLo had earlier stated that she couldn’t make it for the performance, however; she has reportedly stated she will indeed be present at the ceremony).

After the ceremony, the opening match between host country, Brazil, and Croatia will take place.

A total of 32 countries are participating in the tournament and are divided into 8  groups as follows:

Group A

  • Brazil
  • Croatia
  • Mexico
  • Cameroon

Group B

  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Chile
  • Australia

Group C

  • Colombia
  • Greece
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Japan

Group D

  • Uruguay
  • Costa Rica
  • England
  • Italy

Group E

  • Switzerland
  • Ecuador
  • France
  • Honduras

Group F

  • Argentina
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Nigeria
  • Iran

Group G

  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • Ghana
  • USA

Group H

  • Belgium
  • Algeria
  • Russia
  • Korea Republic

Yay! We’re excited! Will you be watching the games?

Photo Credit: EPA/


  1. some hater

    June 12, 2014 at 10:25 am


  2. Social media

    June 12, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Go eagles and make us proud

  3. Gistyinka Blog

    June 12, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Up Eagles but go Portugal..

  4. Adaeze

    June 12, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I am so…. watching this! Definitely! Nigeria must make us proud in Jesus name. Amen.

  5. missy J

    June 12, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Ghana is in a very tough group I must say. Players am watching out for are: Victor Moses, Emenike, Hazard, Lukaku, Neymar(I pity that dude the whole Brazil is on his head), Willian and Schurrle and Awwwwwwwww King Zlatan will be missed

  6. SmashingM

    June 12, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Bella please this is an incomplete information!!! what time is the opening ceremony? please tell us biko

  7. ron

    June 12, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    @SmashingM, I think opening ceremony begins at 5pm naija time.

  8. @edDREAMZ

    June 12, 2014 at 2:47 pm


  9. SmashingM

    June 12, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks Ron

  10. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    June 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I thought Shakira was featuring as well?

    Well, I have been waiting endlessly for this world cup. Structures and facilities not being ready even this week, the recent unrest among the citizens, sort of dulled it for me. I mean, if the citizens who are crazy football lovers are presenting this lukewarm welcome to the world, it brings a lot to question. The LOC is saying that hopefully when the competition starts it would whip the citizens into football ecstasy. Well, lets see…..

    Anyways, I’m closing early to dash home to watch the opening ceremony and the first match.

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