World Cup opening ceremony - in pictures
Some highlights from a mercifully brief opening to World Cup 2014
Brazil officially kicked off the World Cup on Thursday, and like the tournament itself, it seemed a whole lot of money - US$8 million - had been spent on not very much.
A large chunk of that presumably went to performers Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte, who sang the tournament's official song while hundreds of performers in strange costumes pranced around in Sao Paulo's Itaquerao Stadium in an underwhelming - but mercifully brief - opening ceremony.
Here's some of the highlights: