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World Cup kicks off

Traditional German performers parade during the opening ceremony of the football World Cup at the Stadium Munich in Munich, on Friday.

Munich's newly-built stadium, completed last year at a cost of $430 million, was mostly covered in black, red and gold flags, the colours of the host nation's flag, as a local boys' choir kicked off celebrations some 90 minutes before the start of the match.

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Photographs: Getty Images

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