Johannesburg, Jun 11: After months of excitement brewing in the stomachs of the football lovers across the globe, the FIFA World Cup 2010 finally kick started on Thursday, Jun 10 with all the glitz and the glamor.
Thousands of fans gathered at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto under the night skies that were lit by the fireworks heralding the epic battle for the holy grail of football.
The opening concert was a treat for the fans who not only gathered at the stadium but also for those across the world, who stayed up or made time in their busy schedules to catch the television broadcast of the event that saw local and international superstars performing at their best.
While Shakira's 'Waka Waka' caught on like a virus, bands like Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys enthralled the audience.
The highlight of the kick-off concert was when President of the Federation Internationale de Football, Sepp Blatter used just three words to explain the craze surrounding the sport - "Football connects people." Blatter's statement was received with applause by a sea of people- white, black, coloured - stood together dressed in gold and green.
There are two matches scheduled for the first day of the 19th FIFA World Cup on Friday, Jun 11. The opening match will be played between host South Africa and Mexico. In match number two France and Uruguay will go head-on.