A worker rappels from the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Rio de Janeiro’s Mount Corcovado, Brazil. Small sections of the famous monument’s head and right hand were chipped off in recent lightning strikes.
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A Fifa official tests the pitch as rain pours down before the group G World Cup football match between the US and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil
A resident shaves using a car window as a mirror among vehicles parked by World Cup tourists in the Metrô-Mangueira favela in Brazil located 750 metres from the Maracana stadium. The favela has seen many homes demolished ahead of the football tournament. The homes were to have been knocked down for a proper parking lot for the stadium, but that has yet to be built. Evictions and demolitions have been occurring in Rio favelas ahead of the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games despite a housing shortage in the city.
Argentinian fans wear masks as they attend the 2014 World Cup Group F football match against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre
Residents and tourists play football on Ponta Negra beach in Natal, Brazil
Fans of Chile cheer before their 2014 World Cup Group B football match against Netherlands at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo
A man plays the flute in the Tatuyo indigenous community near Manaus, Brazil. Here, the villagers lead a hybrid life, maintaining the ancestral traditions of their assorted tribes while enjoying some of the advantages of urban life. While they normally wear the shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops that are standard fare throughout Brazil, the villagers change into their ceremonial finest to receive tourists
An anti-government demonstrator dressed as Batman holds up a sign on the Lapa Arches during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A man argues with police during a demonstration on Thursday in São Paulo, Brazil, demanding better public services and protesting against the money spent on the World Cup football tournament
A boy is silhouetted as he plays with a football at night in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday. The World Cup starts in Brazil on Thursday
People look at the statue of Christ the Redeemer in the mist before it is lit up in the Argentinian team colours of blue and white in Rio de Janeiro late on Tuesday. At the same time in Buenos Aires, on the eve of the opening of the World Cup, the Obelisk will be lit up in the yellow and green colours of the Brazilian national team to show brotherhood and sportsmanship between Brazil and Argentina
Protesters scuffle with police outside the closed entrance of Ana Rosa station during the fifth day of metro workers’ strike in São Paulo on Monday morning.
A Brazil’s national football team fan talks with riot policemen outside their hotel ahead their friendly match against Panama during their preparation for the 2014 World Cup in Goiania on Tuesday
Policemen of the “Choque” special unit pose during the presentation of security forces for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, in Flamengo beach in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
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A man watches members of Brazil’s Homeless Workers’ Movement (MTST) from his apartment during a protest against the World Cup in São Paulo. Demonstrators are unhappy at the amount of public funds being spent on the tournament
A worker on the stands of the Arena da Amazonia football stadium in Manaus, ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that starts in June
Moleque Travesso soccer club’s goalkeeper Alexandre Toledo, 36, prepares to block a shot during an amateur match against the Jardim Regina Pirituba club in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr Toledo used to be a professional soccer player, but in 1996 he injured his left leg in a motorcycle accident and the following year the limb was amputated. Despite this injury, he began playing soccer again with friends, and is the goalkeeper for Moleque Travesso amateur soccer club. With Brazil about to host the World Cup, soccer fever is taking over the country
A boy plays alone as he practices scoring in a small court in the Tavares Bastos shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The high costs of preparing for the 2013 Confederations Cup and upcoming World Cup, blamed in part by the late rush to get projects done, ignited a wave of public criticism from a population already tired of poor public services and widespread corruption, yet in Brazil, soccer is a unifying force
People walk on a pedestrian bridge over Brasil Avenue during 48-hours-long bus strike in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday
Christ the Redeemer statue is silhouetted against the glow of the moonset in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil