Top-five Worst World Cup opening ceremonies

The history of the World Cup is filled with extravagant, money-no-object opening ceremonies and we're fairly sure this year will be no different. Here are five, however, that didn’t quite cut the mustard...

USA, 1994: Our friends over the pond managed to put together a typically garish and overblown affair. At the end of a marathon performance all Diana Ross had to do was kick a football into a goal from four yards away and then watch as the goalposts collapsed. She missed, the world laughed.

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Germany, 2006: Not a great deal we can say about this one other than, drummers, 200 of them, wearing Lederhosen.

England, 1966: An uncomfortable parade of British schoolboys kitted out in the colours of the competing teams marched in formation at Wembley but that wasn’t the reason the opening match between England and Uruguay was delayed. No, kick-off was put  back because the England players forgot their identification. Good work lads.

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Mexico, 1986: Successfully conjuring every racial stereotype imaginable into one great big camp car crash, the Mexicans produced Aztecs, sombrero-wearing guitarists and the obligatory giant Mexican wave. The only thing missing was a man dressed as a giant chilli.

France, 1998: It was supposed to be a creative and artistic interpretation of the tournament, involving four giants meeting each other at the Place de la Concorde. In actual fact, it resembled a Godzilla b-movie on. Truly terrifying.

Words by Jordan Waller