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A worker rappels from the Cristo Redentor statue at the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro...A worker rappels from the Cristo Redentor statue at the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro June 23, 2014. In a project called "On The Sidelines" Reuters photographers share pictures showing their own quirky and creative view of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Picture taken June 23. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP SOCIETY)    ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 13 OF 71 FOR PACKAGE 'ON THE SIDELINES AND TO THE FINAL'  TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'SIDELINES FINAL TOPCUP'

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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. 

A FIFA official tests the pitch as rain pours down prior to the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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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 

World Cup Match Played 750 Meters From Rio Favela...RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 25:  A resident shaves using a car window as a mirror amongst cars parked by World Cup tourists for a fee in the Metro Mangueira favela, located 750 meters from Maracana stadium, where Ecuador and France played today, on June 25, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tourists were parking in an area where homes once stood. The favela has seen many homes levelled ahead of the World Cup. The homes were thought to have been knocked down for a proper parking lot for the stadium, though that has yet to be built. The area has seen some people occupy certain dwellings. Evictions and demolitions have been occurring in Rio favelas ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympic Games in spite of a housing shortage in the city. Rio's housing and urban planning goals include a planned five percent reduction of areas occupied by favelas by 2016. Alternative affordable housing, generally on the peripheries of the city, is unable to meet demand and some residents complain they have not received adequate compensation for demolished homes.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images,)

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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 soccer match against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014.

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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 soccer on Ponta Negra beach in Natal, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Natal is one of many cities hosting the World Cup soccer tournament this month

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Residents and tourists play football on Ponta Negra beach in Natal, Brazil

Fans of Chile cheer before their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match against Netherlands at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 23, 2014.

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Fans of Chile cheer before their 2014 World Cup Group B football match against Netherlands at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo

In this May 19, 2014 photo, 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.

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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 a sign on the Lapa Arches during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro...An anti-government demonstrator dressed as Batman holds a sign on the Lapa Arches during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro June 12, 2014.   REUTERS/Lucas Landau

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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 protestor argues with police during a demonstration demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police  clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament.

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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

Boy is silhouetted as he plays with a soccer ball at night in Colombo...A boy is silhouetted as he plays with a soccer ball at night in Colombo June 11, 2014. The 2014 FIFA soccer World Cup will be held in Brazil from June 12 through July 13. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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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...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 June 10, 2014. 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.  REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

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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 subway station during the fifth day of metro worker's protest in Sao Paulo June 9, 2014. A court set a 500,000 reais penalty ($223,000) for each day they stay off work from Monday and also declared the strike illegal, complicating preparations for the World Cup opening match.

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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 soccer 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...A Brazil's national soccer 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 June 3, 2014. The words painted on the fans hair read "Win".

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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 May 30, 2014.

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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.

A man looks at members of Brazil's Homeless Workers' Movement (MTST) from his apartment during a protest against the World Cup in Sao Paulo. Brazilians opposed to the World Cup and the public funds spent on the construction of stadiums.

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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 is seen on the stands of the Arena da Amazonia soccer stadium in Manaus, Brazil, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Arena da Amazonia will host matches of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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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

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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

In this April 27, 2014 photo, 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. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

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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

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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, Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  As opening day for the World Cup approaches, people continue to stage protests, some about the billions of dollars spent on the World Cup at a time of social hardship, but soccer is still a unifying force. The international soccer tournament will be the first in the South American nation since 1950.

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Christ the Redeemer statue is silhouetted against the glow of the moonset in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil