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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the 2014 World Cup officially began in São Paulo on Thursday, June 12th, approximately 20,000 fans in Rio de Janeiro filled the FIFA Fan Fest area, located on the sands of Copacabana Beach, to watch the opening ceremony and first match between Croatia and hosts Brazil.

The crowd at the FIFA Fan Fest began lining up early in the afternoon in a festive spirit of yellow . . .

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