20 of the most memorable World Cup photos
Here are 20 of the most striking images from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The expression: “The Flying Dutchman” could not have been put to better use as RVP broke the hearts of the Spanish with this wonder goal.
Van Gaal and Van Persie
The header was met with a wonderful exchange between the Man United pair.
Tim Cahill wonder strike
Despite not winning a game, the Aussies performed admirably in all three of their encounters. The game with the Dutch included a magnificent goal from former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill.
Neymar back injury
Many feel this was the moment Brazil’s World Cup ended, when hen Colombian, Juan Zuniga kneed the star Brazilian in the back.
David Luiz and Julio Céasar honour Neymar
Neymar did not hide his disappointment at being injured and neither did his team mates when David Luiz and Julio Céasar hoisted the Barcelona forwards jersey before Brazils clash with Germany.
Germany are champions!
The Germans hoisted the World Cup for the first time since Italia 90.
The Mexican keeper was released from second tier French side, AC Ajaccio this summer and is currently a free agent. He surprised everyone with an incredible displays, particularly against the Netherlands.
David Luiz’s tears
After their 7-1 demolition at the hands of Germany, an incredibly emotional David Luiz left the field in tears. This iconic image really summed up the feeling of the nation.
Tim Howard's White House call
Tim Howard broke a World Cup record with the 16 saves he made against Belgium. The keeper was so impressive, the Twittersphere exploded with online messages to the keeper which resulted in American president Barack Obama calling the Everton keeper to congratulate him on a terrific performance for his country.
Louis Van Gaal pulled off a managerial master class when he substituted keeper Jasper Cillessen late into extra time and put on Newcastle keeper Tim Krul for the penalty shootout against Costa Rica. It proved an inspired decision as Krul saved two penalties and put his side into the semi-finals.
Messi walks on
Lionel Messi may have won the Golden Ball award at the World Cup, but all he really wanted was to win the biggest game in football for his country. This iconic image see’s the Argentina captain walking past what might have been.
One of the highlights of this World Cup has been Miguel Herrara and his antics. The Mexican manager was never afraid to convey his emotions and this image was no different.
David Luiz and James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez was truly a star of this World Cup, the Colombian international received the golden boot award and was a stand-out player in the tournament as whole, propelling his side to the quarter finals.
However when it ended in defeat to Brazil, David Luiz showed his respect for the youngster by getting the entire crowd to applaud the Monaco striker.
They talk about scoreboards from hell, but this takes it to a new level. Hosts Brazil were eliminated 7-1 by eventual champions Germany in a result that shocked the world.
Chewy Luis strikes again
Not once, not twice, but three times Luis Suarez has now bitten an opponent. The Uruguayan striker has been banned from football for four months following his bite on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. This image will certainly live long in the memory for football fans.
Colombia bust a move
Colombia exceeded all expectations by getting to the quarter finals and winning the hearts of the football world by playing some great football in the process. Their dancing celebrations were testament to their wonderful team spirit and togetherness.
David Luiz free kick celebration
The face says it all: total ecstasy for the PSG defender after his wonder free kick against Colombia.
Enyeama has to be messing
Nigerian keeper Victor Enyeama shares a joke with Lionel Messi after he tells the referee to stop giving the Barcelona man frees because he’s “too good”.
An image which we became quite accustomed to over the World Cup as the Bayern man threw himself to the floor on more than one occasion for his side.
In poor Kompany
Vincent Kompany reflects the feeling of 31 teams as he walks off the pitch and out of the World Cup.