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Austria's Eva-Maria Brem during the second run of the women's World Cup giant slalom in Are, Sweden,  Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Brem  came third

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Austria’s Eva-Maria Brem during the second run of the women’s World Cup giant slalom in Are, Sweden on Friday. Brem ended up in third place

The German soccer squad  arrives in central Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany s World Cup-winning team has returned home  from Brazil to celebrate the country s fourth title with huge crowds of fans. The team s Boeing 747 touched down at Berlin s Tegel airport midmorning Tuesday after flying a lap of honor over the  fan mile  in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate.

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The German football team arrives in central Berlin on Tuesday. Germany’s World Cup-winning team has returned home from Brazil to celebrate the country s fourth title with huge crowds of fans lining the streets

A woman from Brazil and a man from Argentina dance samba at the World Cup Fan Fest 2014, on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. The flood of foreign football fans, the vast majority of them men, has been a boon for the single ladies of Brazil, where a demographic imbalance means women outnumber men by more than 4 million nationally.

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A Brazilian woman and an Argentinian man samba at Fifa Fan Fest 2014 on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Argentina reached the World Cup final after beating Holland, while Brazil failed to make it through after losing to Germany

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. 

Algerian soccer fans celebrate after their team qualified for the World Cup, in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Algeria drew with Russia 1-1, and advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in their World Cup history. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

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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 

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

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

Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli shouts during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco arena...Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli shouts during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 20, 2014.

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Italy‘s coach Cesare Prandelli shouts during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco arena in Recife, Brazil 

Portugal's Ronaldo fights for the ball with Germany's Lahm, Mertesacker and Neuer during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador...Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd R) fights for the ball with Germany's Philipp Lahm (L-R), Per Mertesacker and Manuel Neuer during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

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Portugal‘s Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd R) fights for the ball with Germany‘s Philipp Lahm (L-R), Per Mertesacker and Manuel Neuer during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 16, 2014. 

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 

An artisan paints a roadside wall with pictures of 2014 World Cup participating players, in Kolkata...An artisan paints a roadside wall with pictures of 2014 World Cup participating players, in Kolkata June 9, 2014. The 2014 World Cup soccer tournament will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. Seen on left is a painting of Argentina's national soccer player Lionel Messi. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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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 

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 

South Korea's national soccer team players stretch during a training session for the upcoming Brazil World Cup at National Football Center in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. South Korea will play with Russia, Algeria and Belgium in the Group H of World Cup soccer matches.

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South Korea’s national football team stretch during a training session at the National Football Center in Paju. South Korea will play Russia, Algeria and Belgium in Group H of the World Cup in Brazil in June