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World Cup 2014: Brazil and the beautiful game

By Thomas Oakey Slide 1 of 15

Locals continue to play in the lead up to the tournament

As the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, the love of playing football amongst Brazilians is as strong as ever. Along the country’s beaches, city centres and favela streets, players – like 12-year-old Mateus da Silva in Rio de Janeiro (above) - continue to kick, tackle and chase, as the action in stadiums picks up speed.Click or swipe through the gallery for images of Brazilians in action, captured over the last month.
© Felipe Dana/AP Photo
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