2014 World Cup: Photo Galleries & Slideshows

 
20 biggest stars of 2014 World Cup
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20 biggest stars of 2014 World Cup

And so, the end of the World Cup has arrived, and it is time to take stock, to reflect on all that we have witnessed and pick over the bones of it.

There …

 
The best memes of the 2014 World Cup
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The best memes of the 2014 World Cup

Plenty of hilarious memes, photoshop trickery and clever tweets were used to glorify the heroes and punish the weak during World Cup 2014.

 
18 things we'll tell our grandchildren about the 2014 World Cup
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18 things we'll tell our grandchildren about the 2014 World Cup

The tournament is over now , but what are the enduring things we'll remember about Brazil 2014? Here's our list.
 
18 things we'll tell our grandchildren about the 2014 World Cup
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18 things we'll tell our grandchildren about the 2014 World Cup

The tournament is over now - but what are the enduring things we'll remember about Brazil 2014? Here's our list...
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23 injury photos that prove football is not for the weak
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23 injury photos that prove football is not for the weak

Being a contact sport with a lack of protective gear and a lot of running, jumping and tackling can make soccer a dangerous game. From bloody noses to hamstring pulls and broken limbs, here are some of …
 
Germany celebrate their fourth World Cup crown
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Germany celebrate their fourth World Cup crown

Mario Götze's individual brilliance was the difference as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win its fourth World Cup title and kick-off wild celebrations.
 
World Cup final: Germany 1-0 Argentina (AET) - in pictures
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World Cup final: Germany 1-0 Argentina (AET) - in pictures

Super sub Mario Goetze stepped off the bench to become the first substitute to score in a World Cup Final as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 after extra-time to clinch the title.

The goal was the …
 
Shakira performs at World Cup 2014 closing ceremony in Brazil
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Shakira performs at World Cup 2014 closing ceremony in Brazil

Colombian pop star Shakira and hip hop artist Wyclef Jean performed at the World Cup's closing ceremony in Brazil. And there was a special appearance by none other than Shakira's adorable son, Milan.
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World Cup 2014 diary: Saudi fan's chance trip to Brazil
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World Cup 2014 diary: Saudi fan's chance trip to Brazil

Sami Al Tokhais had just quit his job when he got a call of a lifetime: he had won a trip to Brazil to watch the World Cup. The 34-year-old photo enthusiast documented his trip on Twitter and Instagram. …
 
Brazilian fans and players are crying... again
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Brazilian fans and players are crying... again

The Netherlands beat sorry Brazil 3-0 in the ultimately meaningless World Cup third-place match, finally bringing an end to the host nation's drawn-out nightmare after one last bit of torture.
 
World Cup third-place match: Brazil 0-3 Netherlands - in pictures
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World Cup third-place match: Brazil 0-3 Netherlands - in pictures

Brazil's misery continued as they were swept aside by the Netherlands 3-0 in the third-place World Cup playoff. Goals from Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum mean that the hosts have …
 
2014 World Cup award nominees
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2014 World Cup award nominees

There are three 2014 World Cup awards up for grabs: The Golden Ball award goes to the tournament's best overall player, the Golden Glove will be presented to the best goalkeeper, and the Young Player Award …
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Top 15 all-time World Cup goalscorers
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Top 15 all-time World Cup goalscorers

During Germany's 7-1 thrashing of Brazil at the World Cup 2014 semi-final, German striker Miroslav Klose also found time to set a new all-time World Cup scoring record with his 16th goal.

Here's …
 
The most embarrassing losses in sports history
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The most embarrassing losses in sports history

After watching Germany's soul-crushing 7-1 defeat of Brazil in the World Cup 2014 semi-final, we decided to take a look at a few other embarrassing beatdowns throughout sports history. Which one do you …
 
World Cup WAG sightings at Brazil 2014
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World Cup WAG sightings at Brazil 2014

While the biggest names in football are playing their hearts out on the field, their biggest fans are up in the stands. The wives and girlfriends of these athletes travel the world supporting their …

 
Joy and sorrow of fans as Argentina beat Netherlands
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Joy and sorrow of fans as Argentina beat Netherlands

With a place in the World Cup 2014 final up for grabs, fans rode an emotional rollercoaster as the Netherlands and Argentina clash came down to a penalty shoot-out.

Argentina fans soared to …
 
World Cup semi-final: Argentina* 0-0 Netherlands - in pictures
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World Cup semi-final: Argentina* 0-0 Netherlands - in pictures

Netherlands paid the ultimate penalty as Argentina won their shootout 4-2 to book a place in Sunday's World Cup final following a 0-0 stalemate.

Ron Vlaar, excellent over 120 minutes, and Wesley …
 
Miroslav Klose's 16 World Cup goals - in pictures
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Miroslav Klose's 16 World Cup goals - in pictures

Miroslav Klose equalled Ronaldo's record of 15 World Cup goals with a tap-in against Ghana earlier in the tournament and then surpassed it with another against Brazil in the semi-finals to be out on his …
 
The best memes mocking Brazil’s night of doom
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The best memes mocking Brazil’s night of doom

With the match effectively over inside half an hour, and several careers and reputations destroyed for good, the internet wasted no time in creatively sticking the boot in to Brazil. Here's our pick of …
 
World Cup semi-final: Brazil 1-7 Germany - in pictures
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World Cup semi-final: Brazil 1-7 Germany - in pictures

Germany make history as they inflict the biggest ever World Cup defeat on hosts Brazil, thrashing the Selecao 7-1 to book a place in Sunday's final.

Germany scored five goals inside the first …
 
Brazilian fans and players brokenhearted over World Cup exit
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Brazilian fans and players brokenhearted over World Cup exit

The agony of Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany - their biggest ever World Cup loss - was all a little too much to take for these players and fans.

 
The craziest faces from a mad World Cup
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The craziest faces from a mad World Cup

It's not only the fans who react in very unexpected and, frankly absurd, ways after dramatic incidents at a World Cup. The players and coaches are just as prone to mad reactions.

As this slideshow …
 
The stars United could but failed to sign
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The stars United could but failed to sign

The star of the World Cup so far has undoubtedly been James Rodriguez of Colombia. Manchester United reportedly had the chance to sign him back in 2010, but he ended up going to Porto and the rest, …

 
Best quotes of the World Cup
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Best quotes of the World Cup

In victory and in defeat, football players have embraced levity during World Cup interviews. For more memorable quotes by coaches and players, check out FIFA's roundup.

 
Best World Cup fan GIFs
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Best World Cup fan GIFs

The fans have been as entertaining off the pitch as the player have on it at the 2014 World Cup.