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A fan reacts as she watches the game between Brazil and Croatia on a giant screen during the FIFA Fan Fest on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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Brazil soccer fans celebrate their team's goal against Croatia as they watch the game inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

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Lebanese soccer fans cheers during the first soccer match of the World Cup between Brazil and Croatia, at a fan park, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.

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Brazil's Neymar, left, celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo.

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Brazil's Neymar, left, gets away from Croatia's Ivan Rakitic during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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A young woman with a gas mask is seen with protesters during a violent demonstration during the 2014 soccer World Cup in the center of Belo Horizonte , Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Protesters clashed with police at a rally against the World Cup, in a central plaza demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the soccer tournament.

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A Brazil soccer fan cries after Brazil scored an own goal during the World Cup opening match with Croatia as she watches the game inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Brazilian residents watch the opening match of FIFA World Cup between Brazil and Croatia behind a replica of the trophy in Porto Seguro, Brazil.

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A police officer stands next to a destroyed police car during a violent demonstration at the 2014 soccer World Cup in the center of Belo Horizonte , Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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German soccer fans watch the opening game of the soccer World Cup 2014, while sitting on sofas in the 1.FC Union stadium in Berlin.

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Lebanese soccer fans watch fireworks a few minutes before the first soccer match of the World Cup between Brazil and Croatia, at a fan park in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.

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Lebanese soccer fans cheer during the first soccer match of the World Cup between Brazil and Croatia, at a fan park, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.

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Brazilian soccer star Neymar appears on the screen during the opening match of the 2014 World Cup between Brazil and Croatia, at a bar in Beijing, China, Friday, June 13, 2014.

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Spectators watch the first half of the World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Thursday is a holiday in Sao Paulo in honor of the start of the international soccer tournament .

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Lebanese soccer fans cheer during the first soccer match of the World Cup between Brazil and Croatia, at a fan park in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.

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Military police take away a protester's banner as they try to remove demonstrators from the FIFA Fan Fest area where people can watch the World Cup opening game on an outdoor screen in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Protesters are demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the tournament.

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Sao Paulo residents hang out on the roof of a building, left, in a neighborhood adjacent to Itaquerao Stadium, where fans gathered on the stands before the start of the World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia in group A in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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Fireworks are displayed over Lebanese soccer fans who have gathered to watch the first soccer match of the World Cup between Brazil and Croatia, at a fan park in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.

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Sabrina Adams, center, and Howard Kim, right, celebrate as Brazil scores a goal against Croatia as they watch the World Cup opening game on televisions inside The Three Lions World Football Pub in Denver.

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Children cheer for Croatia as they watch the world cup match between Croatia and Brazil at the Croatia Cleveland Soccer Club Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Eastlake, Ohio.

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Brazil soccer fan reacts after the second goal for Brazil during the first 2014 World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, in a restaurant in Lille, northern France, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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German soccer fans watch the opening game of the soccer World Cup 2014, while sitting on sofas in the 1.FC Union stadium in Berlin, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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Lebanese soccer fans cheers during the first soccer match of the World Cup between Brazil and Croatia, at a fan park, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday June 12, 2014.

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Gallery updated: 6/12/2014 6:20 PM

About this Gallery

Images of the opening day for the World Cup in Brazil. Soccer fans in South America and around the world watched as the first tournament games were played. Protesters also made their presence known in Brazil. Thursday was a holiday in Sao Paulo in honor of the start of the tournament .
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