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 Read more
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 Read more
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 Read more
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 Read more