Why they call it the beautiful game - 65 stunning images of the World Cup

The group stage of the World Cup was full of excitement and incredible imagery. There is a reason why soccer is the most popular sport in the world. We’ve collected the best images from this event and give you 65 reasons why this sport is known as the beautiful game.

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Locals play football at the Iracemar beach on June 22, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Belgian fans wave during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Russia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro

Belgian fans wave during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Russia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Locals play Football on Ipanema Beach on June 9, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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A dejected Spain walk up field after allowing Chile's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana on June 18, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Cameroon's Eto'o gestures in the rain during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Mexico at the Dunas arena in Natal

Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o gestures in the rain during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Mexico at the Dunas arena in Natal June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BRAZIL - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

The Flying Dutchman

Robin van Persie of the Netherlands scores the teams first goal with a diving header in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Photos of the day - June 23, 2014

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)

England's Rooney fights for the ball with Costa Rica's Diaz during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte

England's Wayne Rooney (L) fights for the ball with Costa Rica's Junior Diaz during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP

Columbia

A general view of the Columbia dressing room before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia v Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Stuart Franklin - FIFA/360/FIFA via Getty Images)

Germany's Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring against Ghana during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Germany's Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring against Ghana during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) TOPCUP

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Robin van Persie walks with his daughter, Dina Layla and son Shaqueel during the Netherlands training session at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil held at the Estadio Jose Bastos Padilha Gavea on June 14, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Switzerland players celebrate at the end of the 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match between Switzerland and Ecuador at the Brasilia national stadium

Switzerland players celebrate at the end of the 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match between Switzerland and Ecuador at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia, June 15, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (BRAZIL - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng heads the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Algeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre

South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng heads the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Algeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

Germany's Kroos and Portugal's Moutinho fight for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador

Germany's Toni Kroos (L) and Portugal's Joao Moutinho fight for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

A vendor walks down the stairs as fans watch the 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match between Ivory Coast and Colombia at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia

A vendor walks down the stairs as fans watch the 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match between Ivory Coast and Colombia at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

German soccer fans fix their make up with German colors prior to the kick off of their team's first game at the World Cup 2014 at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' in Berlin, Monday, June 16, 2014. Germany plays against Portugal in group G match at the soccer World Cup 2014 in Brazil

German soccer fans fix their make up with German colors prior to the kick off of their team's first game at the World Cup 2014 at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' in Berlin, Monday, June 16, 2014. Germany plays against Portugal in group G match at the soccer World Cup 2014 in Brazil. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Mark Bresciano of Australia with a young player

Mark Bresciano of Australia with a young player escort prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal on June 13, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the group F World Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the group F World Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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Players line up prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Greece at Estadio das Dunas on June 19, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Germany fans react during a public viewing at Heiligengeistfeld watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup match between Germany and Ghana on June 21, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)

France's Olivier Giroud celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match against Switzerland at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador

France's Olivier Giroud celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match against Switzerland at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 20, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Chile's goalkeeper Bravo fails to save a goal by Fer of the Netherlands during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo

Chile's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo fails to save a goal by Leroy Fer (not seen) of the Netherlands during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

Australia's Tim Cahill, left, watches as Netherlands' Ron Vlaar clears the ball during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Australia's Tim Cahill, left, watches as Netherlands' Ron Vlaar clears the ball during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Brazil's goalkeeper Cesar dives for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Mexico at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza

Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar dives for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Mexico at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP

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Giancarlo Gonzalez, Patrick Pemberton and Oscar Duarte of Costa Rica celebrate the 1-0 win after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco on June 20, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

England's Smalling heads the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Costa Rica at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte

England's Chris Smalling heads the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Costa Rica at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP

Uruguay's Godin celebrates with teammates after scoring against Italy during 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal

Uruguay's Diego Godin celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Italy during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TOPCUP)

Iran's Montazeri jumps for the ball with Bosnia's Ibisevic during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador

Iran's Pejman Montazeri (L) jumps for the ball with Bosnia's Vedad Ibisevic during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

Italy's national soccer players attend training session at the Dunas Arena soccer stadium in Natal

Italy's national soccer players attend training session at the Dunas Arena soccer stadium in Natal, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

Argentina's Messi fights for the ball with Iran's Nekounam during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte

Argentina's Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Iran's Javad Nekounam (L) during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP

A South Korea fan with a painted face cheers

A South Korea fan with a painted face cheers prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between South Korea and Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 22, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Iran's Pouladi fights for the ball with Argentina's Aguero during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte

Iran's Mehrdad Pouladi (L) fights for the ball with Argentina's Sergio Aguero during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP

Greece's Karnezis dives forward to intercept the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Japan at the Dunas arena in Natal

Greece's Orestis Karnezis dives forward to intercept the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match against Japan at the Dunas arena in Natal June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TOPCUP

Ivory Coast's Serey Die is overcome with emotion as they play the national anthem before the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ivory Coast's Serey Die is overcome with emotion as they play the national anthem before the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)