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Players talk with referee Yuichi Nishimura during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images)

World Cup Kicks Off With Elation, And Some Controversy, In Brazil

The inaugural game had everything aficionados love — passion, drama, spectacle, goals and a refereeing controversy that immediately set fingers wagging on Twitter.

06/13/2014

Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the United States signs autographs after their training session at Sao Paulo FC on June 11, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Let The Games Begin! All Eyes On Brazil For Start Of World Cup

Brazil has won 15 of its last 16 games and heads into the World Cup as a favorite to win the title, but there’s no easy opener at the sport’s marquee event.

06/12/2014

Workers (L) stare at damages at the Arena de Sao Paulo -- Itaquerao do Corinthians -- stadium, still under construction, after a crane fell across part of the metallic structure, on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo. (Photo credit should read Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images)

2 Killed In Collapse At Venue Hosting World Cup Opener

Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, killing two workers and raising urgent new concerns whether the country will be ready for soccer’s signature event.

11/27/2013