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Brazil fans party hard in Berlin ahead of World Cup opener

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Brazil fans party hard in Berlin ahead of World Cup opener

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Brazil bring more to the World Cup than just the tag of being favourites. Samba and football aside, there is always a place for a colourful carnival and this year’s competition looks like it will be no different away from the pitch.

Ahead of the side’s opening match against Croatia tonight, thousands packed the lawn of Berlin’s House of World Cultures for a free open-air concert, featuring four of Brazil’s top musicians including Gilberto Gil. One of the founders of the Tropicalia movement, Gil has just released a new album signalling his return to the music scene after a break of three years due to his high-profile activities as Brazil’s Minister of Culture.