FIFA World Cup 2010 opening ceremony photos

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa got under way with a spectacular and vibrant opening ceremony at the 94,000-capacity Soccer City in Johannesburg. Africa is staging the World Cup for the first time, with 32 nations competing in 64 games until the final on 11 July.

The 40-minute ceremony began with a five-plane military flypast over the stadium, which resembles a huge African cooking pot.

A group of drummers and dancers performed a 'Welcome to Africa' song that included an introduction to all 10 tournament's venues.

The next sequence saw a gigantic beetle show off its football skills with the Jabulani - the official football of the finals - before large pieces of cloth were used to show a map of the continent.

Musicians and artists from the other African finalists - Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria - also had their chance to perform in a joint sequence.

Multiple Grammy Award winner R Kelly then sang the ceremony's showpiece song, 'Sign of a Victory' with South Africa's Soweto Spiritual Singers.

Here are the some of the best moment of FIFA World Cup 2010 opening ceremony.

While Timothy Moloi sings World Cup Anthem Hope, performers reveal a map of the continent of Africa using coloured blankets

A giant human powered dung beetle dribbles an equally large world cup's Jabulani football around the pitch to the delight of the fans in the stadium.

The ceremony reaches a climax with a display of flags from the 176 competing member associations which failed to qualify for the finals before flags of the 32 competing teams are revealed in the centre of the pitch

Performers display the flags of all the teams competing

Grammy Award winner R Kelly is joined by the Soweto Spiritual Singers to perform the showpiece song "Sing of a Victory" as the ceremony draws to a close.

Nigerian singer Femi Kuti performs during the Opening Ceremony ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony

Dancers perform behind a giant beetle during the Opening Ceremony

Performers dance during the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg June 11, 2010.

A general view of atmosphere during the Opening Ceremony

Aerobatic planes fly in formation during the Opening Ceremony

Performers dance around a representation of the calabash cooking pot which inspired the design of Soccer City Stadium.

Dancers in traditional costume performs during the Opening Ceremony

A South Africa fan shows her support during the Opening Ceremony

A Mexico fan with make-up in the colours of the national flag during the Opening Ceremony

A young supporter weaves the Spanish flags before the welcome ceremony for Spain's national football team

FIFA President Sepp Blatter (from R to L) speaks to Mexico's President Felipe Calderon as South African President Jacob Zuma and U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon look on, during the opening ceremony.

South Africa supporters hold a portrait of South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela

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