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: