With fans from around the world in Brazil, thousands headed to Sao Paulo for the opening match between the host country and Croatia. Just hours before, protesters and Brazilian police clashed. (June 12)
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Sao Paulo, Brazil - June 12, 2014
1. Various of clash between protestors and police
2. Mid of protestor
3. Various of fire set by protestors
4. Various of fans at FanFest event near stadium
5. Various of stadium where first match will be played
6. Fans at FanFest event near stadium
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Brasilia, Brazil - June 2, 2014
7. STILL of World Cup trophy
BEFORE THE OPENING MATCH OF THE WORLD CUP IN SAO PAULO --
PROTESTERS AND BRAZILIAN POLICE CLASH -- AMID TEAR GAS AND STUN GRENADES.
"I AM HERE BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN A BETTER FUTURE FOR THIS COUNTRY THAT IS NOW RUBBISH" SAID THIS MAN.
A FEW PROTESTERS WERE INJURED.
SO WAS AN ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER -- AND TWO JOURNALISTS FROM C-N-N.
A FEW HOURS LATER -- A MUCH DIFFERENT SCENE ACROSS TOWN --
A HUGE CROWD OF CHEERING FANS WEARING THE COLORS OF THE "HOME" TEAM --
NEAR THE STADIUM WHERE BRAZIL WAS SET TO TAKE ON CROATIA.
EARLIER CONCERNS ABOUT THAT STADIUM'S READINESS --
FORGOTTEN AS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FILED IN FOR OPENING CEREMONIES.
THE HOST COUNTRY IS ONE OF THE FAVORITES TO WIN THE WORLD CUP --
SOMETHING THEY'VE DONE MORE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY.
SIGOUT - Bob McCall/Associated Press