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World Cup draw ceremony opens with tribute to Mandela

Published: Friday December 6, 2013 | 12:13 pm Comments 0
Late South African President Nelson Mandela is seen on a screen during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil today. – AP
Late South African President Nelson Mandela is seen on a screen during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil today. – AP
Late South African President Nelson Mandela is seen on a screen during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil today. – AP
Late South African President Nelson Mandela is seen on a screen during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil today. – AP

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP):

The draw ceremony for the World Cup is underway in Brazil, opening with a tribute to Nelson Mandela.


A film shown at the start of the ceremony showed Mandela at the final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and other images from the life of the anti-apartheid campaigner who died yesterday at 95.

A minute's silence was then held to honor Mandela.

Some 1,300 guests filled a cavernous tent erected for the 90-minute show being broadcast live to some 190 countries from the Brazilian Atlantic resort .

The draw will divide the 32 teams into eight groups — labeled A to H — of four teams each. The basic principle of pulling countries randomly has been used by the sport's governing body for decades and was first televised in 1966.

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