Brazil's World Cup Opening: Participants And Guests Greeted With Graffiti Covered Streets

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  • Residents run to celebrate after decorating a street in the colours of Brazil's national flag
    Residents run to celebrate after decorating a street in the colours of Brazil's national flag, ahead of the 2014 World Cup, in the Taguatinga neighbourhood of Brasilia, June 8, 2014.
  • A woman passes a street mural of Brazil's Neymar
    A woman passes a street mural of Brazil's Neymar ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro June 8, 2014.
  • A woman walks past a mural showing flags of various nations
    A woman walks past a mural showing flags of various nations taking part in the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro June 8, 2014.
  • An artist paints a wall mural of the Brazilian national soccer team
    An artist paints a wall mural of the Brazilian national soccer team and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari ahead of the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro June 8, 2014.
  • A woman walks past a street wall decorated with graffiti
    A woman walks past a street wall decorated with graffiti referencing the 2014 World Cup in the neighborhood of Ceilandia in Brasilia, June 7, 2014.
  • A dog lies near a boy walking down a stairs painted in the national colours
    A dog lies near a boy walking down a stairs painted in the national colours and near an image of the World Cup mascot at the Santa Marta slum in Rio de Janeiro June 7, 2014. The World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 till July 13.
  • A woman paints the Brazilian national flag on the street
    A woman paints the Brazilian national flag on the street during an event to decorate the streets ahead of the upcoming World Cup in the Taguatinga neighbourhood of Brasilia, June 8, 2014.
  • Brazilian artist Jambeiro paints a graffiti in reference to the 2014 World Cup
    Brazilian artist Jambeiro paints a graffiti in reference to the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro June 4, 2014. The World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 till July 13.
  • A woman takes photo of a graffiti referring to the 2014 World Cup
    A woman takes photo of a graffiti referring to the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro June 3, 2014. The World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 till July 13.
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Brazil is a few days away from the grandest opening of the prestigious sport competition in the world, the FIFA World Cup. The event kicks off on June 12 lasting roughly a month with games taking place in various cities around the South American football-crazy nation.

Brazilians are well-known as colorful people with various ethnic backgrounds and diverse socioeconomic structure. Residents of various participating cities in the World Cup have taken to the streets to show their support for their national team and welcoming guests by painting nearly every available surface in different interpretations of the Brazilian flag, its colors and the national team players.

The paintings were mostly focused on Brazil's own home bets. But several murals have also popped up featuring national flags of the various participating nations and many of which were mostly football-themed. Other designs featured typical Brazilian iconic structures such as the Maracana Stadium and Rio de Janeiro's world-famous "Christ the Redeemer" statue.

Ordinary citizens have painted the streets in their neighborhood in various open spaces and even decrepit walls and basically about any available surface. Not all works were done by amateurs, although some were commissioned to the well-known local talents like Jambeiro.

The excitement has reached fever pitch as various protests continue to heat up all over the country with indigenous people and local workers in various sectors have also taken to the streets to protest the games and the large expense attributed to staging the event.

As tourists and participants pour in, security is a major concern. Brazilian officials must act soon to prevent an embarrassing catastrophe if cities are paralyzed by protesting transport workers. 

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