A Tale of Two Worlds

The focus might be directed towards the matches on the fields, but there are even bigger battles taking place against two very different teams outside the stadium.

An exhibition of a Brazil national soccer jersey shows the two economic extremes of the sport in Rio de Janeiro

An exhibition of a Brazil national soccer jersey shows the two economic extremes of the sport, during a protest against the public spending for the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro June 15, 2014. Police blocked the streets to keep demonstrators from reaching Maracana soccer stadium as Argentina played Bosnia and Herzegovina for Group F. REUTERS/Stringer/Brazil/Marco Bello (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

Goal postin Rio de Janeiro slum

A goal post is seen in Tavares Bastos slum in Rio de Janeiro May 18, 2014. In Brazil, soccer goalposts can be found almost anywhere, from slums to sandy beaches. All sorts of goals are used by amateur players, who can employ anything from scraps of wood nailed together, to rusting pieces of metal to play a game of soccer. (Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

Boy plays near trash fire

A trash fire burns due to the lack of government assistance of trash disposal in the Mangueira community, or 'favela', which overlooks the famed Maracana Stadium on June 5, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Maracana will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup from June 12 to July 13, 2014. The Mangueira shantytown was 'pacified' in 2011 and is the home to the city's most famous samba school. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Can you score on me?

A dog stands next to a small goal post in Rio de Janeiro May 23, 2014. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

Dogs walk past a goalpost on a foggy morning in the town of Lipljan

Dogs walk past a goalpost on a foggy morning in the town of Lipljan June 3, 2014. The 2014 Brazil World Cup opens on June 12 and fans around the globe are gearing up for the big tournament. But soccer lovers are not only preparing to watch the world's best professional players battle it out on the pitch; they are also out there kicking a ball about themselves. Reuters photographers on every continent, in countries from China to the Czech Republic, went out to capture images of soccer goalposts used by players to practise the 'beautiful game'. Picture taken June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Hazir Reka (KOSOVO - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP SOCIETY ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 30 OF 60 FOR PACKAGE '2014 WORLD CUP - AROUND THE WORLD IN 60 GOALS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'GLOBAL GOALPOSTS'

Young boy in slum

A boy holds a soccer ball, with red tape on it the shape of cross, in front of a Brazilian flag in a slum, where they are living in a protest against the money spent on preparations of the upcoming World Cup, in Brasilia May 30, 2014. (Joedson Alve/Reuters)

Youths attend a soccer game

Youths attend a soccer game during a tournament at the Sao Carlos slum in Rio de Janeiro June 7, 2014. (Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

Woman sleeps on crowded bus

A woman sleeps on a crowded bus during a tangled morning commute on June 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Metro workers have entered their fifth day of a strike in the city leaving most metro stations closed and causing major traffic jams. The opening match for the 2014 World Cup is June 12 when Brazil takes on Croatia. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Horses stand under a goal post

Horses stand under a goal post in the Mare slum complex in Rio de Janeiro May 13, 2014. (Sergio Moraes/Reuters)

A young Brazilian fan scavenging

A young scavenger wearing a Brazilian national football team t-shirt walks near a burning pile of trash in the Anlong Pi landfill on June 11, 2014. (Omar Havana/Getty Images)

Children play in the narrow streets

Children play soccer on the street ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

A boy in the Rio de Janeiro slum

A boy is seen reflected on a mirror on a decorated street at the Turano slum in Rio de Janeiro June 4, 2014. The World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 till July 13. (Pilar Olivare/Reuters)

A homeless person sleeps on the beach

A homeless person sleeps on a sunlounger on Copacabana beach on June 11, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

A homeless person sleeps on the streets

A homeless person lies in the streets of Rio on June 11, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Brazilian boy keeps an eye on police

Brazilian boy with football and police during the fan mars to the Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 at Salvador, The Netherlands.(VI Images/Getty Images)

Father and son practice soccer

Moleque Travesso soccer club's goalkeeper Alexandre Toledo, 36, prepares to kick a ball as his son Gu, 4, stands in goal in Sao Paulo, January 25, 2014. With the start of the World Cup, soccer fever is taking over Brazil. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)

Man sleeps on park bench in central Sao Paulo

A man sleeps in a park in Paulista Avenue in central Sao Paulo June 8, 2014. In a project called 'OnThe Sidelines' Reuters photographers share pictures showing their own quirky and creative view of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Brazilian soccer team fans

Brazilian soccer team supporters celebrate their team's first goal, at
General Cezar Albino street in Rio de Janeiro, as they watch the World Cup match Brazil vs China on a television, June 8, 2002. Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo was born on this street. (Sergio Moraes/Reuters)