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The Confederations Cup has revealed a new face of Brazil

Riot police fire tear gas at protesters near the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Ceará Photo: Reuters

This year's Confederations Cup will mostly be remembered for the chants heard outside Brazil's stadiums, not in them.

Match after match became a backdrop for fierce clashes between demonstrators and riot police.

What started as a protest against rises in the price of bus fares went on to mobilise over a million people in more than 100 cities at the peak of the unrest last month.

The Confederations Cup - now referred to as the 'Demonstrations Cup' by some Brazilians - has been seen as a test-run for next year's much higher-profile World Cup.

ITV News' Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports from Rio de Janeiro:

Brazilians have used the soccer tournament as a stage from which to vent their grievances at the government, which range from corruption and poor public services to high bus fares.

One football fan notably missing from Brazil's victory celebration on Sunday was President Dilma Rousseff, after she was booed at the opening match. Her popularity has plummeted in the wake of the protests.

Rousseff's administration has scrambled to address the protesters' key complaints ahead of what is likely to be a hotly-contested election next year in which she is expected to run for a second term.

Brazil's players celebrate on the podium with the trophy Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Many protesters have taken to the streets to express anger over the $14 billion price tag for hosting a one-month long soccer tournament, a bill that keeps creeping higher.

Part of the appeal of hosting the tournament was improvements it would bring, such as urban mobility, refurbished airports and new roads. But many of those projects are late, over-budget, or never got off the drawing board.

Brazil's footballers may be at the top of their game, but its the nation's politicians that are going to find themselves increasingly in the spotlight.