World Cup Closing Ceremony Performers Announced

The Final Match of the World Cup Brazil will start up with a bang, as the performers of the Closing Ceremony musical show were announced. Wyclef and Alexandre Pires will enter the spotlight in the Maracana, Santana to perform the official anthem of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, “Dar Um Jeito,” and Shakira will perform “La la la (Brazil 2014)” with Carlinhos Brown.

Set to take place July 13 at 14:20, Shakira will shake her hips for her third consecutive appearance at the World Cup. “I have an intricate relationship with football for obvious reasons, and I truly understand what the World Cup means to so many people, myself included. I just feel so grateful for the opportunity to come back to perform at the Closing Ceremony of this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it feels right. The fans have shown the most incredible support for this song and I can’t wait to perform it for them,” the songstress said.

Ivete Sangalo, a super star in Brazil, will set to also take the stage, performing a medley of well-known Brazilian songs.

Wyclef Jean said, “Greatness is something we all yearn for in this life; it is something that we all dream of in the confines of our minds. To finally be performing at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup (with all of these great artists) brings me right back to my earliest childhood years in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, when simply kicking a football around in my tiny little village was a privilege – and an honour – indicative of a young boy’s right to dream and to someday be humbled by the fact that to obtain greatness means to refuse to live without accomplishing this feat.”

This 4th of July weekend bring on the quarterfinals with France versus Germany, and Brazil versus Columbia. On Saturday, Argentina is scheduled to play against Belgium, and Netherlands against Costa Rica.

While futbol fans will be sad that the closing of the World Cup is approaching, that hasn’t stopped then from partying it up in the remaining time. It was reported that FIFA’s number two official said he was surprised by the amount of drunkenness in the stadiums. “I was amazed by the number of people who were drunken and the level of alcohol,” the official, Jerome Valcke, said.

Brazil banned alcohol sales at matches back in 2003, but FIFA removed the ban for sponsorships, which include Busweiser.

Valcke told SporTV that “there were too many people who were drunk,” making a link between alcohol and violence. Fans have gotten into fights during several matches, including the Colombia versus Uruguay match in Rio de Janerio on Saturday.

While fans will continue to enjoy alcohol in stadiums over the next two weekends, the next World Cup held in Qatar in 2022 forbids alcohol consumption in public.

Will you be watching the last two weekends of matches? Who are you rooting for?


Lauren Keating is a freelance journalist, who specializes in health, nutrition, and fitness reporting. She is a former trends reporter for Tech Times and was previously a contributing writer for Fit Nation Magazine and covered a nutrition beat (as well as covering other miscellaneous topics) for Brooklyn News Service. She currently freelances for RunnerClick and Rockay running sites. She has a love for running and is always looking for new fitness and health trends.

3 comments on “World Cup Closing Ceremony Performers Announced

  1. I have watched all of the games! I am SOOO rooting for Germany!!!

  2. Lauren, I hope you’re having a wonderful week!! Have a great 4th of July!!! XOXO!!!

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