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With the Confederations Cup opening this week and the World Cup one year away, all eyes are on Brazil, where soccer is arguably played with more passion and art than anywhere else. Here’s a glimpse at some of Brazil’s overlooked soccer competitions — those of Rio de Janeiro’s slums.
June 8, 2013 Youths compete in a local soccer tournament in the Sao Carlos slum of Rio de Janeiro. Rodrigues Pereira has spent the past three decades teaching kids soccer in Sao Carlos, where he’s universally known as Diboi. For four hours every Tuesday and Thursday, he runs practices for up to 120 kids; Saturdays are when full games are played, including an annual championship.Felipe Dana/AP