From slums to space, world tunes in to World Cup

The Associated Press
From slums to space, world tunes in to World Cup
.

View gallery

From the stadium in Sao Paulo to sofas in Germany, from a pub in Nairobi to a cafe in Miami, from a Rio slum to outer space, nearly half the world's population was expected to tune in to the World Cup, soccer's premier event which kicked off Thursday in Brazil.

Even football-loving Pope Francis got a touch of World Cup fever. He sent a video message on Brazilian television before the match, saying the world's most popular sport can promote peace and solidarity.

The inaugural game had everything aficionados love - passion, drama, spectacle, goals and a refereeing controversy. Here are just a few of the billions of spectators who got caught up in it all.

---

Follow AP photographers and photo editors on Twitter: http://apne.ws/15Oo6jo

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • Zidane's Madrid on cusp of setting new unbeaten record

      Zidane's Madrid on cusp of setting new unbeaten record

      Zinedine Zidane is one match away from coaching Real Madrid to a new unbeaten record. When Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez midway through last season, the inexperienced former midfield standout got off to an auspicious start with a 5-0 victory over … More »

      AP - Sports - 28 minutes ago
    • Everton's Koeman eyes January shopping after Bolasie injury

      Everton's Koeman eyes January shopping after Bolasie injury

      (Reuters) - Everton manager Ronald Koeman says he wants to strengthen his squad in January following the news that forward Yannick Bolasie requires knee surgery. Bolasie is travelling to London and is expected to have an operation next week after … More »

      Reuters - 29 minutes ago
    • Former SAFA boss Nematandani banned over match-fixing

      Former SAFA boss Nematandani banned over match-fixing

      Former South African football boss Kirsten Nematandani was banned for five years by FIFA's ethics committee on Thursday in connection with a match-fixing scandal involving his country's national team in 2010. Nematandani, head of the South African … More »

      Reuters - 46 minutes ago
    • Kashima sink Auckland with late winner as video makes FIFA debut

      Kashima sink Auckland with late winner as video makes FIFA debut

      Kashima Antlers snatched a late 2-1 win over Auckland City's part-timers in the Club World Cup preliminary round tie on Thursday as video technology made its debut in a senior FIFA competition. Auckland, the club champions of Oceania and surprise … More »

      Reuters - 48 minutes ago
    • Wenger sceptical over expanded World Cup

      Wenger sceptical over expanded World Cup

      Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is not convinced by FIFA president Gianni Infantino's proposal to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in time for 2026. "But if somebody can convince me that it will make football better and that we can … More »

      Reuters - 1 hour 16 minutes ago