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Football in Brazil - national passion

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Rio de Janeiro favela soccer slab-cover_rd0046.jpg
View from top of Favela Santa Marta - a house´ slab-cover ( laje ) used as recreational area painted with colors ( black and white ) and symbol ( lonely star ) of Botafogo Football Club, a famous Rio de Janeiro soccer team. Sometimes the residents manage to gain title to the land and then are able to improve their home. 4-pavements house at left, illegal construction. Since 2008 Santa Marta has a Pacifying Police Unit ( Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, also translated as Police Pacification Unit ), abbreviated UPP, a law enforcement and social services program which aims at reclaiming territories, more commonly favelas, controlled by gangs of drug dealers.