World Cup: Amazing pictures from Brazil

Reuters: Alessandro Garofalo
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Alternative pitches

Check out this special collection from Brazil as the world of soccer gets soaked into World Cup madness. See Gallery

As well as following the action on the pitch, photographers in Brazil have endeavoured to capture the lighter side of the World Cup by bringing to the fore offbeat moments and amazing images that spectators around the world might have missed.

For more of the best images from around Brazil, click or swipe through the pictures above.

AP Photo: Christophe Ena
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On the ball

Men watch soccer fans across the street from Maracana Stadium before the start of the World Cup match between Spain and Chile in Rio de Janeiro.

Getty Images: Anne-Christine Poujoulat, AFP
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Art attack

A merchant watches a live screening in his shop in Salvador De Bahia during the Group B football match between Spain and Chile in the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Rex Features: Action Press
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Sizing them up

Two Mexico fans holding up effigies amongst Brazil fans in the Brazil vs Mexico game at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.

AP Photo: Leo Correa
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Iberian disappointment

A Spain fan holds his hands to his head next to a Portugal supporter as they watch the World Cup match between Chile and Spain inside the fan area on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro. Chile defeated Spain, the defending champs, 2-0.

Getty Images: Shaun Botterill, FIFA
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Goalkeepers' union

Iker Casillas of Spain and Claudio Bravo of Chile talk in the tunnel after the match between Spain and Chile.

Getty Images: Raphael Alves, AFP
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Beauty and the beast

A Cameroon supporter is joined by another as she cheers for her team ahead of the Group A football match between Cameroon and Croatia at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus.

Reuters: Ueslei Marcelino
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Joga bonito

A boy heads a ball at the slum of Varjo on the outskirts of Brasilia, ahead of the match between Brazil and Mexico.

Reuters: Ueslei Marcelino
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Joy abound

A girl wearing the Brazilian flag walks through the slum of Varjao on the outskirts of Brasilia, ahead of the match between Brazil and Mexico.

Reuters: Kai Pfaffenbach
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Latino hues

Young Brazilian women pose for a picture with a Mexican supporter outside the stadium prior to their team's match against Brazil in Fortaleza.

AP Photo: Dario Lopez-Mills
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All eyes on Brazil

A fan shows off his contact lenses with the flag of Brazil prior to the start of the Mexico vs Brazil match inside in Sao Paulo.

Reuters: Sergio Moraes
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Heading in tandem

Fans of Mexico ride a big bike as they arrive at the Castelao stadium before Mexico's match against Brazil.

Reuters: Chico Ferreiral
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Cheers from the King

A performer dressed as Elvis Presley dances along Paulista Avenue, where soccer fans gathered to watch on a big screen the match between Brazil and Mexico, in Sao Paulo.

Reuters: Michael Dalder
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In the shadow of Sugarloaf

England's training ground at the Urca military base (bottom), near the famous Sugarloaf mountain (L) in Rio de Janeiro.

Getty Images: Oli Scarff
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Senior support

A woman looks out from a window decorated to celebrate the World Cup.

Reuters: Pilar Olivares
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Soccer fever everywhere

A woman looks for clothing with the colours of the Brazilian national soccer team at a street market in Rio de Janeiro.

AP Photo: Natacha Pisarenko
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Arty party

A man stands outside a shop selling paintings of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and Brazil's soccer player Neymar, along a street decorated for the World Cup in the Pelourinho neighbourhood of Salvador.

Reuters: Jorge Silva
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Giant fan

A woman poses next to puppets dressed in traditional costumes in Salvador.

Reuters: Jorge Silva
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Drumming up support

Men play traditional drums as they parade in Pelourinho in Salvador.

USA TODAY Sports: Winslow Townson
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Game sphere

Estadio das Dunas in Natal, pictured through a fish-eye lense.

Reuters: Pilar Olivares
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Goal-fixing

Bosnian national soccer team coach Safet Susic (L) helps assistants carry the goal post before a training session for the 2014 World Cup at the Maracana stadium.

Reuters: Siphiwe Sibeko
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Little champ

A boy holding a soccer ball runs along in a street painted with the colours of the Brazilian flag in Manaus.

Reuters: Brian Snyder
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Futevolei!

Men play futevolei, a combination of soccer and volleyball, on the beach in Recife.

Reuters: Dylan Martinez
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The Writing on the wall

A street artist paints 2014 World Cup graffiti on a wall in the Santa Teresa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.

Getty Images: Cem Ozdel, Anadolu Agency
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Bird's eye view

A dove is released prior to the World Cup's opening match between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo.

USA TODAY Sports: Mark J. Rebilas
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World at your feet

Overall view of writers and members of the media in the press tribune during the match between Brazil and Croatia.

AP Photo: Dario Lopez-Mills
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Keeping the faith

Helio de Souza Segundo holds up a cross as he watches on a giant TV screen Brazil play against Croatia.

AP Photo: Matthias Schrader
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Anything for soccer

Brazilian residents watch the opening match in Porto Seguro.

AP Photo: J Pat Carter
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Soccer time is samba time

Samba dancers dance after the World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia.

AP Photo: Silvia Izquierdo
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Holding up the Hulk

A woman holds up an inflatable Hulk doll, a reference to Brazil's soccer player Hulk, on Copacabana beach.

Reuters: Eddie Keogh
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Heady affair

A Chile soccer fan looks out of the window while travelling on a flight from Brasilia to Cuiaba ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

Reuters: Jorge Silva
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The beautiful plane

A graffitied plane showing soccer fans waits at Sao Paulo airport.

Reuters: Murad Sezer
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Star attraction

A woman checks World Cup souvenirs at a shop in Sao Paulo.

Reuters: Marcos Brindicci
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An evening in Brazil

A couple kiss in a Salvador fan area.

Reuters: Stefano Rellandini
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Now, this is soccer fever

People stand outside a shop as they watch the 2014 World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia in the Recife old town.