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Jun 26, 2014

Offside, Brazil: Drugs and politics

Throughout the World Cup, we are bringing you photos from Brazil off the pitch in a series called "Offside, Brazil."

Photography by Alex Majoli

This set represents the juxtaposition of politics in Brazil. Prince Harry recently visited an area in Sao Paulo called cracolandia, or "the land of crack." Drug users, many wrapped in dirty blankets, usually lie on the pavement or are slumped on stained sofas. But no one bothers to conceal the main reason they are there -- to sell or use crack cocaine, which is smoked openly. Some tried to get a glimpse of the prince from their hotel room.

Meanwhile, in Santos, the scene inside and outside a municipal theater, where Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was leading a ceremony for a new development plan in the northeast area of the city:

Photography by Mídia Ninja

A look at Vila Madalena, the Sao Paulo neighborhood that has become the main meeting point for foreigners at the World Cup:

Photography by Paulo Fehlauer

A soccer ball trapped in barbed wire near the FIFA exclusion zone outside Arena Corinthians in Itaquera, Sao Paulo:

The images are brought to you by Magnum Photos with the support of ESPN, Save the Dream and Instituto Moreira Salles. For more Magnum images, check out their Tumblr page.

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