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The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off Thursday in Brazil as the host team celebrated a 3-1 opening win over Croatia. While some protested the international soccer tournament, fans all around the world let loose spirited cheers.

Frank Augstein / The Associated Press

Brazil's Frederico Chaves Guedes, bottom, raises his arms after a penalty was called against Croatia's Dejan Lovren, top, by referee Yuichi Nishimura, from Japan, during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia in the opening game of the tournament at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Thursday. Brazil was issued a penalty kick following the play leading to a goal by Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior helping Brazil to a 3-1 victory.

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