World Cup 2014 dates: When is the opening ceremony?

The key dates for this summer's tournament

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This summer's World Cup will begin with the opening ceremony immediately prior to the first game of the tournament on Thursday June 12.

The opening game of the tournament will see the hosts take on Croatia, with the game kicking off at 9pm BST.

That game, and what is expected to be a lavish opening ceremony, will be held at the Arena de Sao Paulo.

UPDATE: Jennifer Lopez is expected to perform the official World Cup song, "We Are One (Ole Ola)", at the opening ceremony.

In total there will be 64 games in Brazil ending with the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday 13 July.