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06/14/2014 08:52 pm ET Updated Jul 11, 2017

The Most Incredible Photos From The 2014 World Cup

The colors. The passion. The pageantry. The goals.

There's nothing like the FIFA World Cup, and these are the dramatic images that prove no other sporting event has this kind of impact. Some of the world's best news photographers have descended upon Brazil alongside the world's best soccer players, and their work has captured just how big, how magical -- and how controversial -- this year's tournament has become already.

Check out these incredible scenes from across Brazil and around the world as the World Cup gets underway, from the good, to the bad, to the protests:

  • Fans of the Belgian national soccer team celebrate as they run on a main boulevard after Belgium won the World Cup round of 16 soccer match against the U.S., in Brussels, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
  • Girls gather in front of San Francisco Church, in Pelourinho neighborhood, near the Arena Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador, Brazil, where US an Belgium played a World Cup round of 16 match, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The church is being illuminated in different colors in preparation for a concert on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
  • Spectators watch the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Nigeria in the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
  • A fan dressed as Captain America looks on after Belgium's 2-1 victory in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
  • A boy stands outside the FIFA Fan Fest live broadcast of the Costa Rica-Greece match on Copacabana Beach on June June 29, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Costa Rica won the dramatic match despite playing with only ten men for part of the second half. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • Juan Guillermo Cuadrado of Colombia celebrates his team's second goal scored by James Rodriguez (L) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
  • A man holding Chile's national flag sits alone on a street bench after Chile was defeated by Brazil at a World Cup round of 16 match, in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Chile lost the match to Brazil 3-2 on penalties after the game ended 1-1. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
  • A Mexico soccer fan cries after her team was defeat on the World Cup round of 16 match against Netherlands on a live telecast inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. The Netherlands staged a dramatic late comeback, scoring two goals in the dying minutes to beat Mexico 2-1 and advance to the World Cup quarterfinals. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
  • American supporters stand while watching the U.S.-Germany match broadcast at FIFA Fan Fest on June 26, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The U.S. was tied with Germany 0-0 at halftime. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • Algerian fans celebrate in Algiers on June 26, 2014 after Algeria eliminated Russia with a 1-1 draw in a FIFA 2014 World Cup Group H match. (FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Algeria's football fans celebrate in central Paris, on June 26, 2014 after the match Algeria vs Russia in a FIFA 2014 World Cup Group H match. Algeria progressed to the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time in their history as Islam Slimani's second-half header was enough to earn them a 1-1 tie against Russia. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A masked girl poses for photo surrounded by Mexico soccer fans as they watch their team's World Cup match with Brazil on giant television screens in Mexico City's main square, the Zocalo, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
  • Brazilian supporters watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group A football match between Brazil and Cameroon at a FIFA Fan Fest as police stand guard in Salvador, Brazil on June 23, 2014. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A young girl waits for visitors on a small boat on the Amazon River during the 2014 soccer World Cup near Manaus, Brazil, on Monday June 23, 2014. Manaus is one of the host cities for the World Cup. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • 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)
  • South Korean football fans react as their team loses to Algeria in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, as they watch the match on giant screens in central Seoul on June 23, 2014. Algeria moved tantalizingly close to a first ever appearance in the knock-out rounds after dishing out a 4-2 defeat to South Korea in Porto Alegre. (ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Fans gather in Grant Park to watch the U.S. play Portugal in a Group G World Cup soccer match on June 22, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Fans were turned away from the free event after a 10,000-person capacity was reached. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
  • USA soccer fans watch their team play against Portugal on a screen setup at the FIFA Fan Fest on Copacabana beach June 22, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The match ended in a tie 2-2. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
  • A child wearing the Portuguese national football team dribbles a ball at Terreiro do Paco Square in Lisbon on June 22, 2014 during a public viewing of the FIFA World Cup 2014 group G match between Portugal and the US played in Manaus, Brazil. (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Algeria's Rafik Halliche (5) celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group H World Cup soccer match between South Korea and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
  • Mounted riot police stand by outside the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 22, 2014 before the Russia vs Belgium World Cup match. (TASSO MARCELO/AFP/Getty Images)
  • South Korean football fans sing their national anthem as they watch their team play against Algeria in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, on giant screens in central Seoul on June 23, 2014. Algeria moved them tantalizingly close to a first ever appearance in the knock-out rounds after dishing out a 4-2 defeat to South Korea in Porto Alegre. (ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Fans reclining on sofas watch the Germany-Ghana World Cup match at a public viewing at the Alte Foersterei FC Union stadium on June 21, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The stadium has allowed fans to bring 800 sofas that they've set up on the lawn to watch the World Cup matches on a giant monitor. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • A young boy plays football at sunset on June 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
  • Iran's fans celebrate on Vanak Square, in the capital Tehran, on June 21, 2014, despite their national team narrow defeat to Argentina in the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Iran, with only one win in four appearances at the World Cup, looked to have secured a famous draw before Argentina scored a brilliant injury time winner. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • An Ecuador soccer team fan reacts while watching a play against the Honduras team at the Word Cup FIFA Fan Fest during on Copacabana beach June 20, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
  • Protestors hang a banner across on Arcos da Lapa bridge in Rio de Janeiro on June 20, 2014, during the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Supporters cheer prior to the beginning of a Group E football match between Honduras and Ecuador at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Chileans celebrate the triumph of Chile in World Cup Brazil 2014, in the emblematic Plaza itala, for more than 4 hours. The celebration ended with clashes with police, looting and barricades in the center of the city of Santiago. (Photo by Pablo Rojas Madariaga / NurPhoto / Corbis)
  • Italian fans watch on a giant screen the World Cup football match Italy vs Costa Rica on June 20, 2014 on the Piazza Venezia square in Rome. (ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

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