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Where to Watch the World Cup Opening Ceremony On US TV And What to Expect

world cup 20141 Where to Watch the World Cup Opening Ceremony On US TV And What to Expect

One of the rituals of a World Cup experience is watching the opening ceremony, which is sometimes a long and drawn-out affair, but with the games being held in Brazil, hopefully we can expect some excitement.

Here’s where you can find the World Cup opening ceremony on US TV today:

1. Univision is the only US broadcast network airing the Opening Ceremonies over free-to-air TV. Coverage begins at 2pm ET on Univision and is simulcast on Univision Deportes. Plus you can also watch it live and online for free, without authentication, on Univision’s website.

With Univision, you can also watch it live on the Univision World Cup app.

2. ESPN3.com will live stream the opening ceremony at 2 pm ET (authentication may be required).

3. ESPN2 will provide live look-ins during SportsCenter.

Following the ceremony, Brazil will face Croatia at 4 pm ET in what should be an entertaining match between two attacking sides. Enjoy the festivities everyone and let’s appreciate how great the World Cup is.

For soccer lovers around the world, today feels like Christmas. Luckily for us, instead of getting presents only today, we’ll receive the gift of matches almost everyday for a month. To enjoy this holiday, we must celebrate by viewing the World Cup’s opening ceremony that will take place before the opening match.

The festivities will take place at the Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo and will include all types of entertaining acts. The beginning of the ceremony will include a song and dance which is intended to highlight Brazil’s rich history and legendary penchant for knowing how to party.

“The Opening Ceremony is a tribute to Brazil and its treasures: nature, people, football. The sense of excitement here is amazing and everyone is very motivated. It doesn’t matter whether they’re feeling tired or hot sometimes or if they have to go through routines again and again: they just keep on smiling. It’s amazing,” said artistic director Daphne Cornez to FIFA.com.

The overall opening performance will be about 25 minutes and will incorporate dancers, gymnasts, musicians and more to create a spectacle.

Normally, a speech from the event’s organizers would take place but because of the protests and unrest with how corrupt many Brazilians feel their government and FIFA has been the orations will not occur. Last year, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was booed at the opening match of the Confederations Cup so with the world tuned in this year, FIFA wanted to avoid potential global embarrassment.

Many have heard “We Are One (Ole Ola)”, the official song of the World Cup, and the stars of the record Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte will perform their hit.

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8 Responses to Where to Watch the World Cup Opening Ceremony On US TV And What to Expect

  1. rej4sl says:

    You would have thought ESPN could have spared a bit of air time for the ceremony before the Brazil game.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      They seem to be more focused on golf today unfortunately.

      • R.O says:

        That and the NBA Finals. I sent ESPN a comment/feedback on this.

        The could have shown the Open Ceremonies on ESPNCL or ESPNN.

        Even with all the talk about Klinsmann and his comments (and Donovan issues), the US media still doesn’t fully embrace all of the World Cup.

  2. R.O says:

    “Many have heard “We Are One (Ole Ola)”, the official song of the World Cup”

    A far better song and music video is “Time of our Lives”

    It’s available in English and Arabic version. The Arabic version has extended scenes.

    English Version:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl4ul5VO2OY&feature=youtu.be

    Arabic version:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nO9VVc1bgI&feature=youtu.be

  3. Jeff says:

    Not aired on any English speaking US network,…and we’re supposedly pushing the sport? Wow,…ESPN you suck.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      ESPN3.com is showing it while ESPN2 is showing a few pieces here and there between coverage of basketball and golf.

      • Dimi says:

        Does anybody know if the opening ceremony will be available on the replay on ESPN3.com or Univision website?
        It’s shame that none of English speaking channels showed it in US!

  4. John Doe says:

    Univision is the only US broadcast network airing the Opening Ceremonies over free-to-air TV. And that’s in Spanish. What US greatness has been reduced to.

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