Defending champs Spain kick off campaign against Netherlands, last editions’ beaten finalists.
Brazil's poster boy Neymar scored twice and the outstanding Oscar added a late third in the 3-1 win.
Energetic performances from the duo added spark to the ceremony which commenced on a colourful note.
Police unleashing tear gas and stun grenades as protesters moved to block a main road leading to the stadium.
Fabregas had a 8 year stint with Arsenal from 2003-2011 before leaving for Barca.
UEFA boss Platini may himself contest for the top FIFA post and said that he will announce his decision in August.
This World Cup will feature the most advanced jerseys, footballs, boots and also goal line technology.
Pannalal (81) and Chaitali (71)'s passion for football has taken them to eight World Cups previously.
New data from Adobe has confirmed the 2014 FIFA World Cup is the most social sporting event ever.
Between them Messi and Ronaldo have monopolised the past six world player of the year awards.
The FIFA president on Wednesday all but confirmed he would run for re-election despite facing criticism.
Offside rule explained plus other interesting rules of the beautiful game.
FIFA World Cup 2014 is being hosted by Brazil, the host nation will kick-start their campaign against Croatia.
Arena Corinthians contains reserved seats — about one-and-a-half times the size of a normal seat — for the big-boned.
Brazil take on Croatia in the Cup opener late on Thursday at the Arena Corinthians
Spain won the previous edition of the World Cup which was held in South Africa.
Korea was the biggest surprise of the 2002 World Cup that they co-hosted with Japan.
The Russian national anthem didn't have lyrics before the 2002 World Cup.
Algeria's qualification was filled with drama, a last-gasp 2-1 win over Burkina Faso getting the job done.
Belgium, led by their multi-faceted captain Kompany, are tipped to go far in the Cup.
Lukaku jogged and performed balancing exercises which put specific pressure on the tender ankle.
Hosts Brazil take on Croatia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup opener at the Itaquerao in Sao Paulo.
The biggest challenge for Argentina will be to end Cup drought which continues to irk Argentina’s fans.
Corruption allegations and criticism of Blatter have threatened to further taint the opening of the latest World Cup.
After impressive Qualifiers, Germany are well and truly tuned for the right beats in the Samba Land.