World Cup 2014: Opening ceremony and Brazil beating Croatia celebrated with Google Doodle
World Cup 2014 #2: Google honoured the opening night of the World Cup and Brazil's victory with a second animated doodle
Heather Saul is a digital reporter for The Independent, currently working on the People desk. She has written news and features across a number of topics, paying particular attention to the activities of Isis and events in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Friday 13 June 2014
Google Doodle has celebrated the opening ceremony of the 2014 Fifa World Cup with a second Doodle on its homepage.
The World Cup 2014 #2 shows the Google logo decorated in blue, red yellow and green to represent the team colours of Brazil and Croatia.
Host nation Brazil beat Croatia 3-1 at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo in the first match to kick off the tournament. Mexico and Cameroon; Spain and the Netherlands; and Chile and Australia will play on Friday.
The opening ceremony, staged at the Corinthians Arena, Sao Paulo, began with a giant LED ball centrepiece flashing welcome messages in the 23 languages of the 32 qualifying countries. Pop star Jennifer Lopez joined rapper Pitbull and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte to sing the official Fifa anthem We Are One (Ole Ola) during the diversity themed second half of the show.
In the animation, the green ‘l’ in Google is decorated with branches to represent Brazil’s recreation of its Amazon rainforest in the ceremony with dancers dressed as trees and rain drops.
Performers from dance schools and academies in the city flooded into the stadium dressed as symbols of Brazil’s stunning natural landscape: raindrops, men towering on stilts dressed as rainforest trees, and colourful flowers.
Google has also created an alternative version of their second World Cup doodle which has the capital G playing the drums this time instead of the ‘e’, for those who “want to keep dancing”.
Google writes: “The World Cup opening ceremony was so inspiring – and what an unbeleafable coincidence – our next doodle has a dancing tree person too. Congrats Brazil!”
England will not take to a pitch until Saturday 14 June, when they will play against fellow Group D team Italy at 6pm.
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Despite the positive impression of the games given by the bobbing, brightly-coloured Doodle, preparations for the 2014 World Cup have been marred by accidents, delays, and fears that stadiums would not be ready in time.
Many viewers were left unimpressed by the opening ceremony and took to Twitter to complain about the performances and the audio.
Last year, more than a million people took to the streets in protest against perceived excessive spending on the World Cup, with demonstrators demanding big improvements in woeful public services like hospitals, schools, security and transportation.
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