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Wacky World Cup build-up with underwater football and eager elephants

Published 09/06/2014 | 11:04

Thai students play soccer with elephants at a school in Thailand's Ayutthaya province June 9, 2014. The match was held as part of a campaign to promote the 2014 World Cup and also to discourage gambling during the competition. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP ANIMALS)
Thai students play soccer with elephants at a school in Thailand's Ayutthaya province June 9, 2014. The match was held as part of a campaign to promote the 2014 World Cup and also to discourage gambling during the competition. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP ANIMALS)
A diver wearing a South Korean soccer fan uniform performs with sardines during an event to promote the upcoming 2014 Brazil World Cup, at the COEX Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, June 9, 2014. South Korea will face Russia, Belgium and Algeria in 2014 Brazil World Cup. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Thai youths fight for the ball with elephants during a soccer match between men and elephants organized by Ayutthaya Elephant Camp to celebrate the World Cup soccer tournament taking place in Brazil, in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand Monday, June 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
In this June 8, 2014 photo, Indian children play soccer at a playground in Bhubaneswar, India. Soccer fans around the world are gearing up to watch the World Cup soccer tournament starting June 12 in Brazil. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)
Elephants play soccer with Thai students at a school in Thailand's Ayutthaya province June 9, 2014. The match was held as part of a campaign to promote the 2014 World Cup and also to discourage gambling during the competition. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP ANIMALS)
A diver wearing a South Korean soccer fan uniform performs with sardines during an event to promote the upcoming 2014 Brazil World Cup, at the COEX Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, June 9, 2014. South Korea will face Russia, Belgium and Algeria in 2014 Brazil World Cup. The writing on the banner reads " We hope for the success of the national soccer team." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A Thai mahout plays a ball as another paints Spain's national flag on an elephant before a soccer match with Thai students (not pictured) in Thailand's Ayutthaya province June 9, 2014. The match was held as part of a campaign to promote the 2014 World Cup and also to discourage gambling during the competition. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP ANIMALS)
A Thai mahout guides his elephant to kick the ball during a soccer match between men and elephants organized by Ayutthaya Elephant Camp to celebrate the World Cup soccer tournament taking place in Brazil, in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand Monday, June 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

The World Cup is just three days away and while the build up has been witnessed in some unusual places around the globe.

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Hosts Brazil and Croatia will get the tournament underway after the opening ceremony at 9pm Irish time on Thursday night, and proof of the global game is clearly evident in some wacky and unusual pictures taken recently.

From elephants playing football in Thailand with school children, to a diver showing his skills underwater in South Korea surrounded by sardines, the lead up to the biggest sporting event is as frenzied as ever before.

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