Why they call it the beautiful game - 65 stunning images of the World Cup

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The group stage of the World Cup was full of excitement and incredible imagery. There is a reason why football is the most popular sport in the world. We’ve collected the best images from this event and give you 65 reasons why this sport is known as the beautiful game.

Fans cheer before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Fans cheer before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014
Fans cheer before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A dove flies after being released before the start of the 2014 World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (BRAZIL - Tags: ANIMALS SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 10 OF 16. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'TOPCUP REUTERS'
A dove flies after being released before the start of the 2014 World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paul
A dove flies after being released before the start of the 2014 World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (BRAZIL - Tags: ANIMALS SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 10 OF 16. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'TOPCUP REUTERS'
Locals play football at the Iracemar beach on June 22, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Locals play football at the Iracemar beach on June 22, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Belgian fans wave during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Russia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Belgian fans wave during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Russia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro
Belgian fans wave during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Russia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Locals play Football on Ipanema Beach on June 9, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Locals play Football on Ipanema Beach on June 9, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A dejected Spain walk up field after allowing Chile's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana on June 18, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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A dejected Spain walk up field after allowing Chile's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana on June 18, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o gestures in the rain during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Mexico at the Dunas arena in Natal June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BRAZIL - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Cameroon's Eto'o gestures in the rain during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Mexico at the Dunas arena in Natal
Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o gestures in the rain during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Mexico at the Dunas arena in Natal June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BRAZIL - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands scores the teams first goal with a diving header in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Robin van Persie of the Netherlands scores the teams first goal with a diving header in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
A young Chilean fan looks out onto the pitch before the group B World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Chile at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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A young Chilean fan looks out onto the pitch before the group B World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Chile at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
England's Wayne Rooney (L) fights for the ball with Costa Rica's Junior Diaz during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
England's Rooney fights for the ball with Costa Rica's Diaz during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte
England's Wayne Rooney (L) fights for the ball with Costa Rica's Junior Diaz during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
A general view of the Columbia dressing room before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia v Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Stuart Franklin - FIFA/360/FIFA via Getty Images)
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A general view of the Columbia dressing room before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia v Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Stuart Franklin - FIFA/360/FIFA via Getty Images)
Germany's Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring against Ghana during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
Germany's Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring against Ghana during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza
Germany's Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring against Ghana during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
Robin van Persie walks with his daughter, Dina Layla and son Shaqueel during the Netherlands training session at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil held at the Estadio Jose Bastos Padilha Gavea on June 14, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Robin van Persie walks with his daughter, Dina Layla and son Shaqueel during the Netherlands training session at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil held at the Estadio Jose Bastos Padilha Gavea on June 14, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Switzerland players celebrate at the end of the 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match between Switzerland and Ecuador at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia, June 15, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (BRAZIL - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Switzerland players celebrate at the end of the 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match between Switzerland and Ecuador at the Brasilia national stadium
Switzerland players celebrate at the end of the 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match between Switzerland and Ecuador at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia, June 15, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (BRAZIL - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng heads the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Algeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng heads the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Algeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre
South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng heads the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Algeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Germany's Toni Kroos (L) and Portugal's Joao Moutinho fight for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Germany's Kroos and Portugal's Moutinho fight for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador
Germany's Toni Kroos (L) and Portugal's Joao Moutinho fight for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
A vendor walks down the stairs as fans watch the 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match between Ivory Coast and Colombia at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A vendor walks down the stairs as fans watch the 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match between Ivory Coast and Colombia at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia
A vendor walks down the stairs as fans watch the 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match between Ivory Coast and Colombia at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
German soccer fans fix their make up with German colors prior to the kick off of their team's first game at the World Cup 2014 at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' in Berlin, Monday, June 16, 2014. Germany plays against Portugal in group G match at the soccer World Cup 2014 in Brazil. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German soccer fans fix their make up with German colors prior to the kick off of their team's first game at the World Cup 2014 at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' in Berlin, Monday, June 16, 2014. Germany plays against Portugal in group G match at the soccer World Cup 2014 in Brazil
German soccer fans fix their make up with German colors prior to the kick off of their team's first game at the World Cup 2014 at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' in Berlin, Monday, June 16, 2014. Germany plays against Portugal in group G match at the soccer World Cup 2014 in Brazil. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Mark Bresciano of Australia with a young player escort prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal on June 13, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Mark Bresciano of Australia with a young player
Mark Bresciano of Australia with a young player escort prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal on June 13, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the group F World Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the group F World Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the group F World Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
Players line up prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Greece at Estadio das Dunas on June 19, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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Players line up prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Greece at Estadio das Dunas on June 19, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Germany fans react during a public viewing at Heiligengeistfeld watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup match between Germany and Ghana on June 21, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Germany fans react during a public viewing at Heiligengeistfeld watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup match between Germany and Ghana on June 21, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)
France's Olivier Giroud celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match against Switzerland at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 20, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
France's Olivier Giroud celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match against Switzerland at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador
France's Olivier Giroud celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match against Switzerland at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 20, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Chile's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo fails to save a goal by Leroy Fer (not seen) of the Netherlands during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Chile's goalkeeper Bravo fails to save a goal by Fer of the Netherlands during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo
Chile's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo fails to save a goal by Leroy Fer (not seen) of the Netherlands during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar dives for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Mexico at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
Brazil's goalkeeper Cesar dives for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Mexico at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza
Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar dives for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Mexico at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
Giancarlo Gonzalez, Patrick Pemberton and Oscar Duarte of Costa Rica celebrate the 1-0 win after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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Giancarlo Gonzalez, Patrick Pemberton and Oscar Duarte of Costa Rica celebrate the 1-0 win after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
England's Chris Smalling heads the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Costa Rica at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
England's Smalling heads the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Costa Rica at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte
England's Chris Smalling heads the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Costa Rica at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
Uruguay's Diego Godin celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Italy during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TOPCUP)
Uruguay's Godin celebrates with teammates after scoring against Italy during 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal
Uruguay's Diego Godin celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Italy during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TOPCUP)
Iran's Pejman Montazeri (L) jumps for the ball with Bosnia's Vedad Ibisevic during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Iran's Montazeri jumps for the ball with Bosnia's Ibisevic during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador
Iran's Pejman Montazeri (L) jumps for the ball with Bosnia's Vedad Ibisevic during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Italy's national soccer players attend training session at the Dunas Arena soccer stadium in Natal, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Italy's national soccer players attend training session at the Dunas Arena soccer stadium in Natal
Italy's national soccer players attend training session at the Dunas Arena soccer stadium in Natal, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Argentina's Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Iran's Javad Nekounam (L) during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
Argentina's Messi fights for the ball with Iran's Nekounam during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte
Argentina's Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Iran's Javad Nekounam (L) during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar dives for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Mexico at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
Brazil's goalkeeper Cesar dives for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Mexico at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza
Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar dives for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Mexico at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
Giancarlo Gonzalez, Patrick Pemberton and Oscar Duarte of Costa Rica celebrate the 1-0 win after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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Giancarlo Gonzalez, Patrick Pemberton and Oscar Duarte of Costa Rica celebrate the 1-0 win after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
England's Chris Smalling heads the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Costa Rica at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
England's Smalling heads the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Costa Rica at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte
England's Chris Smalling heads the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Costa Rica at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
Uruguay's Diego Godin celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Italy during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TOPCUP)
Uruguay's Godin celebrates with teammates after scoring against Italy during 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal
Uruguay's Diego Godin celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Italy during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TOPCUP)
Iran's Pejman Montazeri (L) jumps for the ball with Bosnia's Vedad Ibisevic during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Iran's Montazeri jumps for the ball with Bosnia's Ibisevic during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador
Iran's Pejman Montazeri (L) jumps for the ball with Bosnia's Vedad Ibisevic during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Italy's national soccer players attend training session at the Dunas Arena soccer stadium in Natal, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Italy's national soccer players attend training session at the Dunas Arena soccer stadium in Natal
Italy's national soccer players attend training session at the Dunas Arena soccer stadium in Natal, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Argentina's Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Iran's Javad Nekounam (L) during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
Argentina's Messi fights for the ball with Iran's Nekounam during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte
Argentina's Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Iran's Javad Nekounam (L) during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
A South Korea fan with a painted face cheers prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between South Korea and Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 22, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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A South Korea fan with a painted face cheers prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between South Korea and Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 22, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Iran's Mehrdad Pouladi (L) fights for the ball with Argentina's Sergio Aguero during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
Iran's Pouladi fights for the ball with Argentina's Aguero during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte
Iran's Mehrdad Pouladi (L) fights for the ball with Argentina's Sergio Aguero during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
Greece's Orestis Karnezis dives forward to intercept the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Japan at the Dunas arena in Natal June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
Greece's Karnezis dives forward to intercept the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Japan at the Dunas arena in Natal
Greece's Orestis Karnezis dives forward to intercept the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Japan at the Dunas arena in Natal June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP
Ivory Coast's Serey Die is overcome with emotion as they play the national anthem before the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Ivory Coast's Serey Die is overcome with emotion as they play the national anthem before the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014
Ivory Coast's Serey Die is overcome with emotion as they play the national anthem before the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Japanese fans clean up the stadium after their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Japan and Greece at the Dunas arena in Natal June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)
Japanese fans clean up the stadium after their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Japan and Greece at the Dunas arena in Natal
Japanese fans clean up the stadium after their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Japan and Greece at the Dunas arena in Natal June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)
A young boy shows off Uruguay's flag on a man's stomach before the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A young boy shows off Uruguay's flag on a man's stomach before the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014
A young boy shows off Uruguay's flag on a man's stomach before the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A Colombia fan poses before the 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
A Colombia fan poses before the 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Brasilia national stadium
A Colombia fan poses before the 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
A supporter of Colombia's national soccer team poses for a picture before their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against the Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia, June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
A supporter of Colombia poses for a picture before their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against the Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia
A supporter of Colombia's national soccer team poses for a picture before their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against the Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia, June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Referee Pedro Proenca of Portugal sends off Cameroon's Alexandre Song for a challenge on Croatia's Mario Mandzukic during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
Referee Pedro Proenca of Portugal sends off Cameroon's Song for a challenge on Croatia's Mandzukic during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus
Referee Pedro Proenca of Portugal sends off Cameroon's Alexandre Song for a challenge on Croatia's Mario Mandzukic during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
Cameroon's goalkeeper Charles Itandje (bottom) fails to save a goal by Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (R) during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Cameroon's goalkeeper Itandje fails to save a goal by Croatia's Mandzukic during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus
Cameroon's goalkeeper Charles Itandje (bottom) fails to save a goal by Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (R) during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Fans kiss after the match between Spain and Chile at Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro June 18, 2014. Chile beat Spain 2-0. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BRAZIL - Tags: WORLD CUP SPORT SOCCER)
Fans kiss after the match between Spain and Chile at Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro
Fans kiss after the match between Spain and Chile at Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro June 18, 2014. Chile beat Spain 2-0. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BRAZIL - Tags: WORLD CUP SPORT SOCCER)
South Korea's Jung Sung-ryong (R) punches the ball clear away from Russia's Alexander Kokorin during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba June 17, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
South Korea's Jung punches the ball clear away from Russia's Kokorin during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba
South Korea's Jung Sung-ryong (R) punches the ball clear away from Russia's Alexander Kokorin during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba June 17, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
Brazil's Neymar controls the ball as Mexico's national soccer players defend during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
Brazil's Neymar controls the ball as Mexico's national soccer players defend during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza
Brazil's Neymar controls the ball as Mexico's national soccer players defend during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
Cameroon's goalkeeper Charles Itandje (bottom) fails to save a goal by Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (R) during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Cameroon's goalkeeper Itandje fails to save a goal by Croatia's Mandzukic during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus
Cameroon's goalkeeper Charles Itandje (bottom) fails to save a goal by Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (R) during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Fans kiss after the match between Spain and Chile at Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro June 18, 2014. Chile beat Spain 2-0. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BRAZIL - Tags: WORLD CUP SPORT SOCCER)
Fans kiss after the match between Spain and Chile at Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro
Fans kiss after the match between Spain and Chile at Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro June 18, 2014. Chile beat Spain 2-0. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BRAZIL - Tags: WORLD CUP SPORT SOCCER)
South Korea's Jung Sung-ryong (R) punches the ball clear away from Russia's Alexander Kokorin during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba June 17, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
South Korea's Jung punches the ball clear away from Russia's Kokorin during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba
South Korea's Jung Sung-ryong (R) punches the ball clear away from Russia's Alexander Kokorin during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba June 17, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
Brazil's Neymar controls the ball as Mexico's national soccer players defend during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
Brazil's Neymar controls the ball as Mexico's national soccer players defend during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza
Brazil's Neymar controls the ball as Mexico's national soccer players defend during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (L) protests with referee Milorad Mazic during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Jeff Mitchell - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (L) protests with referee Milorad Mazic during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Jeff Mitchell - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Germany's Thomas Mueller scores past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Marit (BRAZIL - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Germany's Thomas Mueller scores past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio during World Cup Group G soccer match at Fonte Nova arena
Germany's Thomas Mueller scores past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Marit (BRAZIL - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
France's Mamadou Sakho heads the ball during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
France's Mamadou Sakho heads the ball during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014
France's Mamadou Sakho heads the ball during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
A general view of the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and England at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 14, 2014. Picture taken with a fish eye lens. REUTERS/Francois Marit/Pool (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY WORLD CUP TOPCUP)
A general view of the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and England at the Amazonia arena in Manaus
A general view of the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and England at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 14, 2014. Picture taken with a fish eye lens. REUTERS/Francois Marit/Pool (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY WORLD CUP TOPCUP)
Germany's Thomas Mueller scores past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Marit (BRAZIL - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Germany's Thomas Mueller scores past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio during World Cup Group G soccer match at Fonte Nova arena
Germany's Thomas Mueller scores past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Marit (BRAZIL - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
France's Mamadou Sakho heads the ball during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
France's Mamadou Sakho heads the ball during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014
France's Mamadou Sakho heads the ball during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
A general view of the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and England at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 14, 2014. Picture taken with a fish eye lens. REUTERS/Francois Marit/Pool (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY WORLD CUP TOPCUP)
A general view of the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and England at the Amazonia arena in Manaus
A general view of the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and England at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 14, 2014. Picture taken with a fish eye lens. REUTERS/Francois Marit/Pool (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY WORLD CUP TOPCUP)
France's Mamadou Sakho heads the ball during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
France's Mamadou Sakho heads the ball during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014
France's Mamadou Sakho heads the ball during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
A general view of the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and England at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 14, 2014. Picture taken with a fish eye lens. REUTERS/Francois Marit/Pool (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY WORLD CUP TOPCUP)
A general view of the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and England at the Amazonia arena in Manaus
A general view of the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and England at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 14, 2014. Picture taken with a fish eye lens. REUTERS/Francois Marit/Pool (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY WORLD CUP TOPCUP)

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