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Kicking Back: Beachgoers Relax in Rio

Brazilians play altinha, a spin-off of soccer played on the beach, as others gather on Ipanema Beach in a low-lying mist on April 21, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Brazilians play altinha, a spin-off of soccer played on the beach, as others gather on Ipanema Beach in a low-lying mist on April 21, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Mario Tama / Getty Images

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Brazilians play altinha, a spinoff of soccer played on the beach, as others gather on Ipanema Beach in a low-lying mist on Monday in Rio de Janeiro.

Altinha is Portuguese for "a little higher" and involves players attempting to keep the ball in the air without using their hands. Brazilians play many spinoffs of soccer including altinha, footvolley and futsal.

Brazil is gearing up to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup in June.

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