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In this May 03, 2014 photo, players from the Escada Azul team celebrate classifying for the semi-finals of an amateur soccer tournament in the Mangueira shantytown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The high costs of preparing for the 2013 Confederations Cup and upcoming World Cup, blamed in part by the late rush to get projects done, ignited a wave of public criticism from a population already tired of poor public services and widespread corruption and yet, in Brazil, soccer is a unifying force. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)