Japanese Referee Yuichi Nishimura will officiate the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup between Brazil and Croatia

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Japanese Referee Yuichi Nishimura will officiate the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup between Brazil and Croatia at Saopaulo. He will be assisted by Toru Sagara and Toshiyuki Nagi both from Japan where fourth official will be Alireza Faghani of Iran. He started his refeering career in the year 2004.

The 42 years old Nisimura will the be 3td Japanese Referee to have officiate the Final Stage of FIFA WORLD CUP after home mate Shizuo Takada (1986 and 1990) and Toru Kamikawa (2002 and 2006). In 2010 South Africa World Cup he officiate four matches including Qr Finals between Netherlands and Brazil.

2007 - FIFA U-17 World Cup 2007 (including the final between Spain and Nigeria)
2007 - AFC Asian Cup
2008 - Finals of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations
2009 - FIFA U-20 World Cup.
2010 - FIFA Club World Cup 2010 (including the final between TP Mazembe and Internazionale)
2011 - AFC Asian Cup
2012 - Olympic Football Tournament 2012.
2012 - named the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Men's Referee of the Year.

The Referees and Assistant Referees for the Matches between Mexico - Cameroon, Spain - Holland, chile - Australia

13.06.2014: Brazil Vs Croatia - ( 1.30 AM India time - Saopaulo)
Yuichi Nishimura (Japan) - Referee
Toru Sagara (Japan) Asst Ref - 1
Toshiyuki Nagi (Japan) Asst Ref - 2
Alireza Faghani (Iran) 4th Referee

13.06.2014: Mexico Vs Cameroon - (9.30 PM India time - Natal)
Roldan Wilmar (Columbia) - Referee
Clavijo Humberto (Columbia)- Asst Ref 1
Diaz Eduardo (Columbia) - Asst Ref 2
Hauata Norbert (Thaiti) - 4th Referee

14.06.2014 : Spain Vs Holland ( 12.30 AM Indian time - Salvador)
Rizzoli Nicola (Italy) - Referee
Faverani Renato (Italy) - Asst Referee 1
Stefani Andera (Italy) - Asst Referee 2
Moen Svein (Norway) - 4th Referee

14.06.2014: Chile Vs Australia ( 3.30 AM Indian Time - Cuiaba)
Doue Noumandiez (Ivory Coast) Referee
Yeo Songuifolo (Ivory Coast) Asst Referee 1
B.Jean Claude (Burundi) Asst Referee 2
Moreno Roberto (Panama) - 4th Referee

The Opening Ceremony is a tribute to Brazil and its treasures : nature, people and football

 Jennifer Lopez to perform in World Cup

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The curtain of the 20th World Cup Football will open on the 12th of June at Sao Paulo's New Corinthians Stadium in front of 68000 odd spectators and cores of television viewers world wide. While all 32 nations are busy in preparing for the group stage, behind closed door practice grounds, the rehearsals for the 2014 World Cup's opening ceremony are ongoing what promising to be a spectacular show worthy of starting the tournament.

The officials of FIFA stated that the opening ceremony will last for 25 minutes, which will feature 600 artists, including acrobatic gymnasts, trampolinists, martial arts-style performers and stilt walkers.

Jennifer Lopez said in an interview with The Associated Press that she is flying to Brazil on Tuesday night to perform during the tournament's opening ceremony on Thursday. She will perform alongside Pitbull and Claudia Leitte for the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil on Thursday. The trio will be performing "We Are One (Ole Ola)," the official song of the 2014 tournament. FIFA officials announced earlier this week that the singer wouldn't perform the official tune "We Are One (Ole Ola)" alongside Pitbull and Claudia Leitte. But Lopez said they will perform before Brazil takes on Croatia at Thursday's opening game in Sao Paulo.

The opening ceremony of the World's football festival will be performed in daylight, so there will be no fire works but famous martial dance Capoeira, which combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music) will be performed. Brazil's endless treasures will be represented by both performers and props throughout the show, with a "living" LED ball being the central focus. The entire programme will be directed by Daphne Cornez, a renowned artist from Belgium