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World Cup live blog: June 13

Today’s games kick off at noon with Mexico vs. Cameroon, followed by Spain vs. Netherlands at 3 and Chile vs. Australia at 6.

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Brazil's big-hearted nature was on full display during World Cup opener

SAO PAULO — I’ve seen poor all over the world, but Thursday was different. Maybe it’s the people of Brazil. Maybe it was me. Dunno. I was apprehensive when we first stepped into a favela around noon. The cab driver warned us it was too dangerous and urged us to reconsider. By the end of the day, though, I couldn’t have felt more comfortable. The da Silva family in the Jaguare favela graciously allowed us to watch the opening match of the World Cup with them and their friends. They didn’t have much, but that didn’t stop them from offering up an endless supply of food and drink. I typed the story from their roof under a dark sky, the Sao Paulo skyline in the background and the whole city singing and honking their hearts out. I couldn’t help but be struck at their ability to appreciate everything that was right in front of them. Which was mostly family and community and love. Oh, and beer, too.

Here’s my story from Friday’s paper.

Rick Maese
June 13, 10:13 am
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The rain in Natal

Natal — the site of the Mexico-Cameroon match that will kick off Friday’s action — has been a bit rainy Friday morning. As in, there’s a deluge.

Dan Steinberg
June 13, 10:15 am
  • Dan Steinberg June 13, 10:15 am

Mexico's newspapers preview El Tri's opener

Here are some front pages from Mexican papers in advance of El Tri’s opener against Cameroon. “I believe in you,” reads the headline on the right.

Dan Steinberg
June 13, 10:18 am
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Matt Bonesteel
June 13, 10:28 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 13, 10:28 am

Where to watch the World Cup in the D.C. area

The Going Out Guide has a nifty map showing where you can watch the World Cup with fans of your favorite team. Fritz Hahn also has a story on where you can watch Mexico vs. Cameroon at noon with fans of either team.

Matt Bonesteel
June 13, 10:38 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 13, 10:38 am

Fans arriving in Natal

Fans in Natal are dealing with the rain, and also dressed in funny costumes with the Cameroon-Mexico match 90 minutes away.

 

 

Dan Steinberg
June 13, 10:40 am
  • Dan Steinberg June 13, 10:40 am

TV ratings for World Cup opener are up

Matt Bonesteel
June 13, 10:48 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 13, 10:48 am

Video: Watching the World Cup from a favela

The Post’s Dom Phillips watched Thursday’s World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia from a Sao Paulo favela, a poor neighborhood just miles from the stadium.

In an accompanying story in Friday’s editions of The Post, anger was evident at the opening match, but many joyfully united behind the home team.

Matt Bonesteel
June 13, 10:52 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 13, 10:52 am

Inside Cameroon's locker room

Striker Webo tweeted this photo from inside the Cameroon locker room.

The facilities appear pretty modest by U.S. standards.

Dan Steinberg
June 13, 10:53 am
  • Dan Steinberg June 13, 10:53 am

Here's where most World Cup participants play professionally

The Post’s graphics crew did a nifty graphic that looks at where most of the World Cup’s players play professionally. Take a look.

Matt Bonesteel
June 13, 10:58 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 13, 10:58 am
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