Placido Domingo will sing before a World Cup final for the sixth time, announcing Wednesday he will perform at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on July 11. The concert featuring the 73-year-old classic musical star will take place on the eve of the final at Maracana Stadium. The show also is scheduled to include pianist Lang Lang, soprano Ana Maria Martinez, conductor Eugene Kohn and the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira. Domingo has attended every World Cup since 1974 and sang the 1982 theme song in Spain, "El Mundial." He joined Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras at the Rome's Baths of Caracalla in 1990 to form The Three Tenors. They returned in 1994 at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium, in 1998 at Paris' Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower and in 2002 at Japan's Yokohama Arena. Pavarotti retired from staged opera two years later and sang publicly for the last time at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Before the 2006 World Cup final, Domingo was joined by soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Placido Domingo to sing at World Cup final
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Unlike baseball's World Series, soccer's World Cup is truly an international competition, a celebration of athletic excellence that takes place every four years. Fans interested in traveling to Brazil, which is the early favorite among Las Vegas oddsmakers to win the championship, to watch the latest edition of the spectacle better be prepared to pay up. According to SeatGeek, a ticket search engine, tickets for the July 13 World Cup Final in Rio de Janiero are fetching an astounding $5,956, more than double the $2,536 fans paid on average to attend the most recent Super Bowl. Fans can attend quarterfinal and semifinal matches for an average of $1,550 and $3,3000 respectively. Not surprisingly, the hottest tickets are for regular games featuring the host country. According to SeatGeek, average prices for the June 12 opening match in Sao Palo between Brazil and Croatia are a whopping $3,072. Fans can get a better deal for Brazil's second game against Mexico in Fortaleza on … [Read more...] about Tickets for World Cup final cost double the price of the Super Bowl
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The U.S. women's soccer team, looking for revenge after a devastating loss in 2011 at the hands of Japan, dominated the World Cup final, solidly controlling the field and confusing the opposition's defense for the first half of the game. The victory was handily led by midfielder Carli Lloyd who came up with three early goals to take a commanding lead within the first 20 minutes, ultimately leading to a third World Cup title. The U.S. and Japan would finish the full 90 minutes of the game, and the U.S. would win by a final 5-2 margin, securing its first World Cup title since 1999 and its third overall -- the most in women's soccer history. But by the 16th minute, the game was already over, CBSSports.com reported. Lloyd scored a hat trick as the U.S. burst to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan 5-2 Sunday for their record third championship and first since 1999. A sellout crowd that included U.S. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo U.S. crushes Japan in World Cup final
Even without the home team involved, the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set a television viewership record in the United States, capping a tournament that exceeded expectations for interest on both ESPN and Univision. The month-long World Cup also was responsible for more than 3 billion interactions on Facebook and 672 million messages on Twitter, the social media companies said on Monday. An estimated 26.5 million people in the U.S. watched Germany's extra-time win on Sunday afternoon, the Nielsen company said. The game had 17.3 million viewers on ABC and another 9.2 million on the Spanish-language Univision. In addition, just over 750,000 people were watching the game during a typical minute online through services provided by each network. The 2010 finale between Spain and the Netherlands, along with the U.S. team's 2-2 draw against Portugal earlier in this year's tournament, both had 24.7 million viewers. Given the growing interest in the tournament as it went along, … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo World Cup final watched by more than 26 million in U.S.
EDMONTON, Alberta -- England defender Laura Bassett was inconsolable as she lay face down on the field, sobbing. Japanese players gathered at the other end of the field in celebration - and relief - in realizing how close they came to squandering a chance to defend their Women's World Cup title. After Japan was outplayed for much of the second half, a turn of Bassett's foot followed by a fortunate bounce off the crossbar led to an own goal in the final minute of stoppage time that allowed Japan pull out a 2-1 victory in the semifinal Wednesday. Japan will travel to Vancouver to face the United States on Sunday in a rematch of the 2011 championship game in Germany. "Oh, what a tough one, what a tough one to take," a red-eyed England coach Mark Sampson said. "I can't speak about the game. I can only speak about how incredibly proud I am of my group." Japan coach Norio Sasaki acknowledged there were several tense moments when England could have scored in the second half. "But that's the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Freak play sends Japan to Women’s World Cup final