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FILE - In this May 15, 2004 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela lifts the World Cup trophy in Zurich, Switzerland, after FIFA's executive committee announced that South Africa would host the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. Mandela was pivotal in helping the country win the right to host the tournament. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) -- Nelson Mandela has been remembered with a video tribute to open the World Cup draw ceremony.

The 90-second memorial montage included images of Mandela holding the World Cup trophy when FIFA awarded his native South Africa hosting rights for the 2010 tournament.

The film began with sustained applause from guests.

The former South Africa president and Nobel Peace Prize winner died on Thursday at age 95.

Mandela's last major public appearance was at the World Cup final in Johannesburg in July 2010. He came to the Soccer City stadium during the closing ceremony before the match.

Mandela was driven in an open electric vehicle around the field on a chilly evening and received an ovation from nearly 85,000 spectators.

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