TIME World Cup

On the Field and in the Streets: Photos From the World Cup Kickoff

Thursday marks the start of the highly anticipated 2014 World Cup. These photos chronicle everything that's happening on and off the field

Some 600,000 international travelers are crowding into the excited streets of Brazil to experience the 2014 World Cup. The highly anticipated month-long tournament kicks off today with a game between Croatia and Brazil. As festivities unfold throughout the day, TIME will be updating FIFA fans at home with photos capturing the action both on and off the field

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