Algerian soccer fans celebrate after their team qualified for the World Cup, in Marseille, southern France, late on Thursday. Algeria drew with Russia 1-1, and advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in their World Cup history
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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
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 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
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An artisan paints a roadside wall with pictures of 2014 World Cup participating players, in Kolkata, India. The 2014 World Cup football tournament is to be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. Seen on the left is a painting of Lionel Messi, Argentina’s national player
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 Mainz Carnival parade float satirises Fifa, the football governing body. The annual parade in the German city will be held on Rose Monday, March 3, and is known for poking fun at politicians and celebrities
A girl walks down painted steps at the Babilonia slum in Rio de Janeiro. About 10 slums are participating in a contest for the best graffiti relating to the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup football tournament organised by privates companies, which will be held in June.