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Remembering the 2014 World Cup -- in pictures

Some called it the best World Cup ever. It certainly produced some stunning pictures.

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2014 - Group B - Spain v Chile - Maracana Who remembers this Brazil fan? Source: EMPICS Sport

 

Brazil Soccer WCup Russia South Korea Russia's Alexander Samedov is about to have a very painful landing. Source: Thanassis Stavrakis

 

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2014 - Group E - Switzerland v Ecuador - Estadio Nacional One of the tournament's lasting memories: the vanishing spray. Or, as Phil Neville, liked to refer to it: the magic spray. What's in any way magic about it we, unfortunately, never found out. Source: EMPICS Sport

 

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2014 - Group E - Switzerland v Ecuador - Estadio Nacional A World Cup in Brazil was always going to be full of colour. The next three pictures are examples of that. First up: Switzerland and Ecuador fans. Source: EMPICS Sport

 

Brazil Soccer WCup Belgium Russia Belgian players celebrate with their fans. Source: Ivan Sekretarev

 

Brazil Soccer WCup Brazil Chile Brazil and Chile fans in the stand. Source: Hassan Ammar

 

Brazil Soccer WCup England Italy Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring against England. Check out how cool and calm Balotelli is compared to how Joe Hart and Gary Cahill look. Source: Marcio Jose Sanchez

 

Brazil Soccer WCup England England's training facilities looked a tad better than Stoke on a wet Tuesday night. Source: AP/Press Association Images

 

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2014 - Round of 16 - Costa Rica v Greece - Arena Pernambuco The team everyone fell in love with: Costa Rica players celebrate after beating Greece in the second round. Source: EMPICS Sport

 

Brazil Soccer WCup Italy Uruguay The moment it began to dawn on fans around the world that Suarez had done it again. Source: Hassan Ammar

 

Brazil Soccer WCup Uruguay Suarez Banned What would a modern-day global event be without some sort of selfie trend? Source: AP/Press Association Images

 

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2014 - Group C - Japan v Colombia - Arena Pantanal Colombian fans didn't hold back in lighting up the stands with colour. Source: EMPICS Sport

 

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2014 - Quarter Final - Brazil v Colombia - Estadio Castelao Neymar's heartbreak. The back injury he suffered would keep him out of the semi-final humiliation to Germany. Source: EMPICS Sport

 

Brazil WCup Daily Life A reminder of everyday life in Brazil. No matter how fantastic the World Cup was it cannot mask the poverty faced by millions just yards from where matches were being played. Source: AP/Press Association Images

 

Brazil Soccer WCup Germany Argentina German joy as the referee blows the final whistle, confirming them as world champions. Source: Frank Augstein

 

Brazil Soccer WCup Germany Argentina And Argentinian despair at the same moment. Source: Victor R. Caivano

 

Brazil Soccer 2014 WCup Colombia Uruguay Fernando Muslera cannot reach James Rodriguez's sublime volley in their last 16 match. In the distance on the left you can see Rodriguez wheeling away in celebration while the other players stop and watch. Source: Natacha Pisarenko

 

Brazil Soccer WCup Brazil Germany A World Cup result that will be remembered forever. Source: Martin Meissner

 

Brazil Soccer WCup Brazil Germany David Luiz and Luiz Gustavo dejected after the game. Source: Hassan Ammar

 

 

Brazil Soccer WCup Spain Netherlands Robin van Persie's flying header against Spain in The Netherlands opening group game. Source: Christophe Ena

 

Brazil Soccer WCup Portugal Ghana It wasn't a great World Cup for Cristiano Ronaldo as Portugal bowed out in the group stages. Source: Paulo Duarte

 

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2014 - Group D - Costa Rica v England - Estadio Mineirao Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

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