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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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • Marcia Monteggia and Karius Lima set up a Brazilian flag outside Winnipeg's Carnaval Brazilian BBQ for the World Cup pre-game party on Thursday.

    Sarah Taylor / Winnipeg Free Press

    Marcia Monteggia and Karius Lima set up a Brazilian flag outside Winnipeg's Carnaval Brazilian BBQ for the World Cup pre-game party on Thursday.

  • Annie Sophie Kneipp, 4, kicks the soccer ball at Stephen Juba Park for the World Cup pre game party. She and her family are visiting Winnipeg from Brazil.

    Sarah Taylor / Winnipeg Free Press

    Annie Sophie Kneipp, 4, kicks the soccer ball at Stephen Juba Park for the World Cup pre game party. She and her family are visiting Winnipeg from Brazil.

  • Croatian soccer fans watch the opening game of the World Cup between Brazil and Croatia in the Roman amphitheater in Pula, Croatia on Thursday. Pula's amphitheater is one of best preserved in the world.

    Darko Bandic / The Associated Press

    Croatian soccer fans watch the opening game of the World Cup between Brazil and Croatia in the Roman amphitheater in Pula, Croatia on Thursday. Pula's amphitheater is one of best preserved in the world.

  • Soccer fans watch the opening match of the 2014 World Cup between Brazil and Croatia at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Friday, June 13, 2014. (local time)

    Kin Cheung / The Associated PRess

    Soccer fans watch the opening match of the 2014 World Cup between Brazil and Croatia at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Friday, June 13, 2014. (local time)

  • Japanese guests pose for a souvenir photo after the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament at the Brazilian Embassy in Tokyo on  Friday, June 13, 2014.

    Eugene Hoshiko / The Associated Press

    Japanese guests pose for a souvenir photo after the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament at the Brazilian Embassy in Tokyo on Friday, June 13, 2014.

  • German soccer fans watch the opening game of the soccer World Cup 2014 while sitting on sofas in the 1.FC Union stadium in Berlin on Thursday.

    Axel Schmidt / The Associated Press

    German soccer fans watch the opening game of the soccer World Cup 2014 while sitting on sofas in the 1.FC Union stadium in Berlin on Thursday.

  • A Brazilian fan grimaces as she watches the 2014 soccer World Cup opening game between Brazil and Croatia at the Fan Fest complex in Recife, Brazil on Thursday. After taking the early lead in the opening match of the international soccer tournament, Croatia fell 3-1 to the five-time champion Brazil.

    Dolores Ochoa / The Associated Press

    A Brazilian fan grimaces as she watches the 2014 soccer World Cup opening game between Brazil and Croatia at the Fan Fest complex in Recife, Brazil on Thursday. After taking the early lead in the opening match of the international soccer tournament, Croatia fell 3-1 to the five-time champion Brazil.

  • Brazil celebrates a goal during the opening match of the FIFA World Cup against Croatia.

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    Brazil celebrates a goal during the opening match of the FIFA World Cup against Croatia.

  • Croatia's Luka Modric is fouled by Brazil's Luiz Gustavo, right, during the group A World Cup soccer match on Thursday.

    Kirsty Wigglesworth / The Associated Press

    Croatia's Luka Modric is fouled by Brazil's Luiz Gustavo, right, during the group A World Cup soccer match on Thursday.

  • A woman stands in front of a line of riot police during a violent demonstration during the 2014 soccer World Cup in the centre of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Thursday. Protesters clashed with police at a rally against the World Cup, demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the soccer tournament.

    Martin Meissner / The Associated Press

    A woman stands in front of a line of riot police during a violent demonstration during the 2014 soccer World Cup in the centre of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Thursday. Protesters clashed with police at a rally against the World Cup, demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the soccer tournament.

  • A woman protests with signs pasted on her face that read

    Leonardo Wen / The Associated Press

    A woman protests with signs pasted on her face that read "FIFA Go Home" and "Will not have a Cup" during a march against the World Cup 2014 at the Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

  • A demonstrator protests with a sing that reads in Portuguese,

    Leonardo Wen / The Associated Press

    A demonstrator protests with a sing that reads in Portuguese, " Cup of exclusion", during a march against the FIFA 2014 soccer World Cup at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Soccer fans celebrate on the patio of a private residence as they watch a live broadcast of the goal scored by Brazilian midfielder Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior in the World Cup opening match against Croatia, in Manaus, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1. Oscar scored the third goal.

    Martin Mejia / The Associated Press

    Soccer fans celebrate on the patio of a private residence as they watch a live broadcast of the goal scored by Brazilian midfielder Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior in the World Cup opening match against Croatia, in Manaus, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1. Oscar scored the third goal.

  • A girl walks down an alleyway holding a Brazilian flag after the country's winning opening match over Croatia during the 2014 soccer World Cup in Manaus, Brazil.

    Marcio Jose Sanchez / The Associated Press

    A girl walks down an alleyway holding a Brazilian flag after the country's winning opening match over Croatia during the 2014 soccer World Cup in Manaus, Brazil.

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