BRAZIL BEAT: A Hulk-ing photo opportunity

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Soccer fans pose for pictures with a statue of super hero Hulk near the Granja Comary training center, where Brazil is training during the World Cup, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The statue is in tribute to Brazil's soccer player named Hulk. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Soccer fans pose for pictures with a statue of super hero Hulk near the Granja Comary training center, where Brazil is training during the World Cup, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The statue is in tribute to Brazil’s soccer player named Hulk. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Fans visiting Brazil’s training camp are lining up for a smashing photo opportunity with a huge statue of the superhero Hulk dressed in a national team jersey.

The statue, located in front of a restaurant just outside the training camp, wears the Selecao’s yellow No. 7, the number worn by the striker who goes by the same name.

“We came to try to see the players, but if they don’t let us, at least we got a photo with someone who we know is part of the team,” joked 17-year-old Brazilian fan Luana de Aguiar.

Brazil’s training sessions in the mountain city of Teresopolis, about an hour from Rio, have been closed to fans, although hundreds show up at the gates every day to try to get a glimpse of their idols.

— By Tales Azzoni

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