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Last Updated: Friday, 9 June 2006, 14:38 GMT 15:38 UK
World Cup ceremony photos

A German fan enjoys the atmosphere before the ceremony

Excitement is building in Germany ahead of the opening ceremony at Munich's 59,000 capacity Allianz Arena

Drummers from Upper Bavaria

The opening ceremony kicks off with 182 drummers from Upper Bavaria slowly building up the atmosphere

Dancers are suspended from the stadium

Traditionally-dressed German performers look on as suspended dancers are lowered into the arena

Pele waves to the crowd

Brazilian legend Pele, three-times winner of the World Cup, carries the trophy onto the pitch with model Claudia Schiffer

A fantastic hat

A performer sports an unusual hat during the festivities, as the clock counts down to the openign match of Germany v Costa Rica

Sir Bobby Charlton on the pitch

Sir Bobby Charlton takes to the pitch as he prepares to take part in a parade for past World Cup winners

Previous World Cup winners

More than 150 former World Cup winners, joined by family members, take to the pitch to applause from the crowd



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