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A group of kids play football on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matthias Hangst / Getty Images

A pedestrian passes a graffiti depicting human hands holding the earth with the Brazilian flag in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thanassis Stavrakis / Associated Press

Youth play soccer in the Mangueira slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Less than half a kilometer separates the sprawling slum from the Maracana stadium, but residents will be following the World Cup on television due to tickets being expensive and hard to come by.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Leo Correa / Associated Press

Lindomauro Francisco da Silva, circus artist, performs with a soccer ball on a slackwire in Brasilia, Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fernando Bizerra Jr / EPA

Brazilian boys play soccer on a street adorned with World Cup themed graffiti in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIEGO AZUBEL / EPA

A boy sits in front of a small soccer goal as he waits in between matches for others to come and play at a slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

Soccer fan Alfredo Correa Riveros from Columbia shows spirit for his home country's soccer team while waiting for the start of the World Cup.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Brazilian gospel singer and pastor Fernanda Brum, sings during the shooting of her music video clip at a road decorated for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Rio de Janeiro.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP/Getty Images

Customers hold up a Brazilian flag at a shop on Rua 25 de Marco, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paulo Fridman / Bloomberg

A member of the Homeless Workers Movement take part in a protest demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup preparations in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nelson Antoine / Associated Press

A member of the Flamengo club's soccer school trains on Ipanema beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hassan Ammar / Associated Press

People play soccer at the Dona Marta slum, backdropped by the Christ the Redeemer statue and Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

Youth play soccer in the Mangueira slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Leo Correa / Associated Press

Brazilian boys play soccer in front of a huge graffiti of a Brazilian flag in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOLGA BOZOGLU / EPA

Members of social movements and students take part in a demonstration called "World Cup Without the People, I'm in the Street Again" against the upcoming FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP/Getty Images

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2014 World Cup comes to Brazil

The biggest, loudest, longest, wildest party in the world kicks off Thursday in Brazil, as 32 teams descend on the soccer-crazed nation for the 2014 World Cup.

Nobody is under more pressure to win than the host Brazilians, five-time champions whose green and yellow flag is synonymous with soccer, whose team brings the entire country to a halt when it plays, and whose multiracial players, with their samba-inspired moves are worshiped across the globe.

Most neutral fans following the World Cup will be pulling for Brazil. It’s hard to root against a collection of players so imaginative with the ball and so exuberant about their sport. Even diehard fans of other teams often adopt Brazil as their second team.

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