The most trouble-plagued World Cup in history kicks off today with Brazilian organisers hoping for a carnival but bracing for chaos after a torrid build-up underscored by public anger at the tournament's multi-billion-dollar price tag.
We take a look at protest pictures from the past few weeks and ask - will FIFA's World Cup 2014 succumb to the unrest?
Set up by Brazilian NGO Rio de Paz, these soccer balls bearing red crosses protest against the government's great expense on FIFA World Cup 2014 instead of on public services.
Striking subway workers and members of the Homeless Workers' Movement, protest on June 9 in Sao Paulo. Metro's workers demand 12.2 percent salary raise. The five-day-old strike has caused massive traffic jams in Brazil's largest city as its new stadium prepares to welcome more than 60 000 fans for Thursday's Brazil-Croatia game.
Football fans walk near riot police officers during clashes with protesters who blocked access to the Castelao Stadium (where Brazil is to play Mexico), to denounce the event's $15-billion price tag.
A woman walks past a mural depicting Brazil's star striker Neymar smacking the ghost of the 1950 World Cup stadium Maracanazo where Brazil lost to Uruguay.
A woman walks by a wall with a poster depicting Brazilian striker Neymar in Rio de Janeiro. The quote by Napoleon Bonaparte above the image reads, "The greatest peril is found at the moment of victory."
A passer-by looks at a wall sprayed with graffiti by demonstrators in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets in clashes with protesting youths, after tens of thousands rallied in major Brazilian cities against the huge costs of hosting the 2014 World Cup.
An image taken with a mobile phone of a woman coming out of the metro by a graffiti reading "No to the Cup".
Brazilian natives from different ethnic groups protest to attract the attention on the Amazonia situation in the framework of the FIFA World Cup.