Four years ago we joked about going to Brazil during the World Cup. Now we’re actually here! Though we did secure random tickets to one of the games during the first raffle, one of the main reasons we wanted to come to Brazil was to experience the excitement surrounding the games – in the streets and local bars, and with fans from around the world.

We all know that leading up to the games there were plenty of protests and controversy. But now that the World Cup has begun, the general attitude from Brazilians we’ve met has been to enjoy the games while they’re here, and cheer on Brazil!

And cheer they have. The streets have been a sea of yellow and green jerseys. Belo Horizonte seemingly shut down in its entirety (save for the bars) so people could leave work in time to see Brazil play. And this is just the group stage! But I’ll save the descriptions for now and just let you have a look for yourself:

FIFA Fan Fest Brazil World Cup

FIFA Fan Fest Brazil World Cup

FIFA Fan Fest Concert Brazil World Cup 2014

Central Market Watching World Cup in Brazil

Brazil World Cup 2014 Central Market

Central Market Brazil World Cup

A Cruising Couple World Cup Brazil 2014

Dressed Up for Brazil World Cup 2014

Face Paint Brazil World Cup 2014

Costumes at Brazil World Cup 2014

Brazil Flag Cape World Cup 2014

World Cup Brazil Fans Jerseys 2014

Brazil National Song World Cup 2014

Cheering for Brazil World Cup 2014

Fans at World Cup 2014

Fans Cheer for Goal at World Cup 2014

Fans at Brazil World Cup 2014

Fans Cheer for Brazil at World Cup 2014

Brazilian Fans Watching the Game in the Streets World Cup 2014

Brazil World Cup 2014 Fans

Brazilians in the Street Watching World Cup 2014

Brazilians in Costume for World Cup 2014

Fans at the Brazil World Cup 2014

Fans Cheer for Brazil Goal at World Cup 2014

Brazil Goal Fans Cheering World Cup 2014

Excited Fans at Brazil World Cup 2014

Fans Cheer for Goal at Brazil World Cup 2014

Brazil Celebrates Goal at World Cup 2014

Brazilians Wave Flag at World Cup 2014

Fans Cheering at Brazil World Cup 2014

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