Brazil & Fontaine headline opening ceremony
10 Jun 2014
The opening ceremony of the 64th FIFA Congress, in Sao Paulo on 10 June 2014, was under the colour of Brazil, music and rhythm. Presenter Fernanda Lima first introduced FIFA President Blatter, who after his introductory speech gave the floor to Brazil's Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo. It was then time for the traditional flag presentation of the 209 FIFA Member associations.
In terms of entertainment, Nelson Ayres and his orchestra, Maria Rita and Mohammed Assaf animated the crowd with their music.
During the evening various Order of Merits were given, for Josephine King (OFC), Hassan Shehata (CAF), Mirabror Usmanov (AFC), Jozef Venglos (UEFA), Maria Coto (CONCACAF), Carlos Valderrama (CONMEBOL) and Antonio Mattarese (FIFA).
And the evening finished with a special moment when Just Fontaine received an adidas Platinum Boot, in recognition of the highest number of goals scored during a single FIFA World Cup - 13 in 1958.
You can relive the opening ceremony by watching the video.
Also check out the photo gallery, where you can find all the best shots of the night.