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World Cup Gallery: Sexy samba

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A selection of the best photos from South Africa with some sexy samba action as Brazil join the World Cup party in Johannesburg.

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There is literally nothing this man doesn't know about style, and somewhere in between the headband, the shades and the feathers there is a pretty inspirational fashion statement.

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The fans trapped under this glorified parachute were left decidedly shirty after they had to spend the first 30 minutes of the match gauging their side's progress according to the intensity of the vuvenzela drones.

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Those who say 'I wish I was over in South Africa' are severely mistaken. This is where you want to find yourself waking up with a sore head inside a circle of empty stubbies: the Fan Fest on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

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The Brazil fans are out in force, and one in particular is feeling the weight of the World Cup on his shoulders and is left wishing he had read the specifications on his replica trophy order.

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Meet Ji Yun-Nam, who is the North Korea's answer to Marco Tardelli. The midfielder was so bewildered by his strike that he had to be repeatedly slapped round the face as if with a cold fish before the restart.

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There is nothing that Brazil coach Dunga loves more than a grey marl turtle-neck sweater 'n brown corduroy combo, as he showed in Jo'burg. Joachim Low could learn a thing or two about dressing up for the touchline.

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More from the Copacabana, and it is hard to work out if this is the remnants of a rather lethargic Mexican wave, or whether Robinho has just performed a six step-over routine before being planted unceremoniously on his backside.

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This man clearly believes in the power of draping tea cloths over your head in the sun, while William Gallas looks on with a jester hat. A nice touch.

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Sven Goran-Eriksson was surprised to see his side take the 'mark Cristiano Ronaldo like a swarm of deranged bees' instruction incredibly seriously. Mind you, the ill-advised timing of the preening peacock's latest Armani ad has not done him any favours whatsoever.

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The refereeing at this World Cup has been extremely harsh and pedantic. Here Winston Reid is inexplicably booked for wearing his shirt in the wrong place. A man needs to blow his nose from time to time, though.

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