Brazil Prepares For the 2014 World Cup | Pictures

Brazil Gears Up For the World Cup

Brazil fans cheered as they stood outside Itaquero Stadium during the World Cup opening ceremony rehearsals.

With the 2014 World Cup kicking off in São Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday, locals are busy preparing for all the action. Although there have been reports that the country is struggling to prepare the stadiums and the airports, people across the country are getting ready on a smaller scale. Shops are stocking up on souvenirs, locals are painting bright murals along the city streets, and fans are sporting their soccer jerseys to show their support. The first game between Brazil and Croatia takes place this Thursday, and all the handsome players on Team USA will be hitting the field on Monday when they play against Ghana. Until then, take a look at all the action as Brazil gears up for the World Cup!