The closing ceremony for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will attempt to rival the spectacle provided by many of the games in what has been a very exciting tournament.
Competition organisers FIFA have lined up six performing acts that will follow a series of lavish opening events before the final between Germany and Argentina. Those events will attempt to combine the cultural distinction of host nation Brazil with a nod to every country involved at the tournament.
The acts who will follow Shakira include Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, Alexandre Pires, Ivete Sangalo and Carlinhos Brown, per NDTV Sports. The latter trio are Brazilian-born singers who will maintain the closing ceremony's strong flavour of the host nation.
Shakira, of course, is now a closing ceremony veteran. She has appeared at the last three tournaments. Here, she will perform "La, La, La (Brazil 2014)" alongside Brown.
That will follow Jean and Pires, who begin proceedings with "We Will Find A Way," per FIFA.com
. Jean will be adorned with a Fender guitar when he takes the stage in Brazil. The instrument's manufacturer is already building anticipation for his performance:
Finally, Sangalo will provide most of the songs unique to Brazil. Fortunately, she is a veteran of wowing the crowds in Rio de Janeiro. Sangalo's presence will ensure the primary focus of the closing ceremony remains where it should be: on the host nation's fans.
A stirring performance from the 42-year-old singer might even lift the spirits of Brazil supporters pained by their nation's dreadful end to the competition.
Mind you, Sangalo will likely have to deliver the performance of her career to properly erase the memory of Brazil losing their final two tournament games 10-1 on aggregate.
It remains to be seen how effectively that social fund can quell some of the unrest stirred up by this tournament.
Generally, the spirit around the competition has been a good one, despite its tough beginnings. FIFA will hope a spectacular closing ceremony precedes an equally eventful final.
That really would be a fine way to say goodbye to what has been a stellar month of football action in South America.