Photo Essay

  • German soccer fans at Leme Beach in Rio react to midfielder Mario Gotze’s match winning goal in the 113th minute of the World Cup final at Maracanã stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 13, 2014. 
  • German soccer fans at Leme Beach in Rio react to midfielder Mario Gotze’s match winning goal in the 113th minute of the World Cup final at Maracanã stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 13, 2014. 
  • “The World Cup has shown the strength of the State’s repression of social movements. It’s unacceptable that the government sent the police to the houses of protesters to arrest them, in order to intimidate the rest of the population and to weaken the protests. Everybody feels fear of something, it’s normal. But the conviction must be bigger than the fear.” An anonymous protester hoists a placard declaring “Protest is not a crime, we are fighting for our rights,” during a planned demonstration held before the World Cup final match, July 13 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The day before the final match, Brazilian authorities issued over 60 arrest warrants and detained 19 activists ahead of demonstrations held in close proximity to Maracanã Stadium. 
  • Argentina soccer fans disappointed with their team’s loss to Germany in the World Cup final match decompress at Leme Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 13, 2014. 
  • “There are a lot of things missing for Brazil to be a champion. A good transportation system, health system, education…Our football is far from good. We could be watching our team playing in the final, but we’ll have to watch Argentina doing it!” - MC Neymar, DJ and Neymar Impersonator, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 13, 2014.
  • “For many people, mostly for the poorer people, the people from the north of Brazil, there was the hope that the World Cup would be an important moment for Brazil, but everything fell down. The word that better defines it is deception.” - Maria Luisa Marques Lapido, right, and Steffany Marie Moreira Barroso, photographed at the Jockey Club in Rio de Janeiro, as the Brazilian national team was defeated by the Netherlands 3-0 in their final match of the World Cup, July 12, 2014.
  •  A group of boys celebrate their youth at Flamengo Beach in Rio de Janeiro, July 12, 2014, on the day that Brazil’s national team competes for third place in the 2014 World Cup. Brazil lost to Germany in it’s semi-final match by a devastating score of 7-1.
  • “There is a very strong security scheme for the World Cup. It’s a pity that it’s happening only due to this event and as soon as the World Cup ends, the level of security on the periphary will go back to zero.” - Branca de Oliveira (right), photographed at home with mother, Maria, sister Natasha, and daughter Tatiane, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 11, 2014.
Branca de Oliveira works as a steward at Maracanã stadium. She and her family live in the neighborhood of Triagem on the periphery of Rio de Janeiro. 

 
  • “I haven’t seen any major changes in the city due to the World Cup. The only big change I can perceive is that all of the prices have risen dramatically.” - Bruno Carone, hospitality student from Guinea Bissau photographed with Paola Teixeira Silva, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 11, 2014.
  • “I’m disappointed. If I knew it would have been like this I would not have moved in. We have already suffered from two floods here. As the ground gets wet the walls have cracked. They came in and inserted a kind of glue, which is a just make-up. They think that they are fooling us, but they are fooling themselves, because they will become our murderers.” - Veronica Gomes (right).
“The crack was so large you could put all of your fingers in it. In one of my neighbor’s houses, there was a hole where water kept coming through.” - Norma Gomes (left).
In 2013, Norma Gomes and her daughter Veronica were expropriated from Favela Mandela in Rio de Janeiro as a result of public policies implemented in order to organize the city for the World Cup and Olympic Games.
  • “Tonight I dreamed that I was dying but the only thing that I can really tell is that I love my father and my mother.” - “Deusa,” photographed on Rua Correia Dutra, Rio de Janeira, Brazil, July 11, 2014.
  • Lidiane Lima and Daniella dos Santos on Rua Du Catete, Tavares Bastos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 10, 2014. They are students at Projoven, an organization that to helps with job training and vocational skills. 
  • “I came from the north of Brazil 42 years ago and now I live in the favela. It’s good to live in Rio because of the economical possibilities but the living is uncomfortable. In the north, we live in comfortable houses, but there is no money to survive.” - Maria de Lurdes Mateus.
  • “The repression against the teacher’s strike was too strong because they wanted to stop the protests before the World Cup. We must protest but without vandalism.” - Carminha Lobao, a 71-year-old retired elementary school teacher, Catete, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 10, 2014.
  • “Everything that I wish is that someone will be able to give me a house where to live or a social benefit to pay the rent.” - Fabiano Vidal, standing amid the rubble of houses removed from Favela da Mangueira located in front of Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 9, 2014.
  • A dwelling marked by the government for expropriation sits empty at Favela da Mangueira located in front of the Maracanã Stadium, July 9, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • It doesn’t matter if we lose or if we win, I am Brazilian in the same way. - Agnaldo Correa dos Santos, reflecting at the FIFA Fan Fest at Copacabana beach, after the Brazilian national team’s devastating defeat to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals, July 8, 2014.
  • A group of Brazilian women at the FIFA Fan Fest at Copacabana beach, react to their national teams devastating defeat to Germany with a shocking 7 goals to 1 final score on July 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Despite their National team’s loss to Germany in the World Cup semi-final match, Brazilian fans revel through the streets of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro on July 8, 2014.
  • Four British tourists make their way from Rocinha, Brazil’s largest favela, to the FIFA Fan Fest at Copacabana beach to catch the highly anticipated semi-final match between Brazil and Germany, July 8, 2014, Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
  • “They want to finish with the favela, so then where will the poor live? They would have to sort it out. We could not be left in the middle of the street.” - lyrics from original Samba composition by 82 year old Geraldo Paulo Goncalves, photographed on July 8, 2014 in Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • View of Rocinha (little farm) favela, Rio de Janeiro’s largest and most densely populated favela on July 8, 2014.
  • Colombian soccer fans Gildarto Romero Gomez and Salles Herida Gomez in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 7, 2014.
  • The view of Ipanema from Rocinha favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 8, 2014.
  • The best thing about the world cup is that there are many parties, but the worst is that nothing good will be given to the city, as all the money went only to the stadiums. - Chayane Lindsey Kate Pamela Pereira with son Gustavo Pereira, Rocinha favela, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, July 8, 2014.Creation date: 20140709
  • I know some words of Portuguese as I’ve been coming to Brazil for 27 years. I love Brazil. I would love if the final match could be between Brazil and Argentina but I wish Neymar could play, then we’ll be on the same level. Without Neymar Brazil is not very good. Of course Argentina would win! - Carlos Maroa, who drove to Rio from Buenos Aires to celebrate the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 7, 2014.
  • Members of the BOPE (Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais) Brazil’s special police operations battalion conduct tactical training exercises through the alleyways of the Favela Tavares Bastos, in Morro da Nova Cintra, in the neighborhood Cattete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 7, 2014.
  • “It makes me happy to be recognized for my work” says Nivaldo De Assis, garbage recycler, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 7, 2014.
  • My Brazilian team is Vasco but I don’t support Brazil for the World Cup because my heart belongs to Argentina.€ - Antonio Da Silva, local recycler, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 7th, 2014.
  • Local couple Christiano and Gecyane spent their Sunday together at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 6, 2014.
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World Cup Final: Faces of Brazil

Updated

The World Cup came to a close Sunday with Germany beating Argentina in extra time 1-0 – but for most Brazilians, once the crowds and cameras depart, everyday life will go on pretty much the same as ever.

Photographer Wayne Lawrence took these shots on the streets, beaches, and workplaces of Rio de Janeiro in recent days, as the city prepares for the return of normal life. Not that it’ll be out of the spotlight for long: It’s only 25 months until Rio hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Follow along here & on our Instagram feed @msnbcphoto as excitement builds in the lead-up to the final.