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Shakira to Close World Cup For a Third Time

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Jul 01, 2014 | 6:10pm EDT

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Soccer-mad Shakira will perform her sports anthem La La La (Brazil 2014) during the closing ceremonies of the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

The pop superstar, who is dating Spanish soccer stud Gerard Pique, is hoping her native Colombia will be in the final after they beat Uruguay to progress to the tournament's quarter-final stage.

She has been flying the flag for the World Cup since the competition began last month (Jun14), asking soccer fans to show their support for the event by taking a "flag-based selfie" and then sharing them online using the tag #daretodream.

 

In a post on her Instagram.com page just before the kick off, she wrote, "Are you daring to dream about your country's World Cup success? Send us a flag-based selfie using #daretodream plus the country code!" Shakira has been re-posting the fan pictures on her social media accounts.

Now her loyalty to soccer's big showdown has paid off - the Barranquilla-born beauty has been invited to perform in the Maracana stadium after the new champions are crowned, according to Colombia’s El Espectador.

The performance will mark a hat-trick for Shakira, who previously performed in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cup closing ceremonies. Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull opened the World Cup by performing the official FIFA World Cup anthem, We Are One (Ole Ola).

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