23 injury photos that prove soccer is not for the weak

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Being a contact sport with a lack of protective gear and a lot of running, jumping and tackling can make soccer a dangerous game. From bloody noses to hamstring pulls and broken limbs, here are some of the nastiest injuries sustained at the World Cup 2014.

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Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger reacts as blood flows down his face after he was fouled during their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger reacts as blood flows down his face after he was fouled during their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger reacts as blood flows down his face after he was fouled during their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Germany's Thomas Mueller, right, is attended by his teammate Miroslav Klose after suffering a injury during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Germany's Thomas Mueller, right, is attended by his teammate Miroslav Klose after suffering a injury during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Germany's Thomas Mueller, right, is attended by his teammate Miroslav Klose after suffering a injury during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Clint Dempsey of the U.S. lies on the pitch injured after being knocked in the face by Ghana's John Boye (not pictured) during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Dempsey of the U.S. lies on the pitch injured after being knocked in the face by Ghana's Boye during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal
Clint Dempsey of the U.S. lies on the pitch injured after being knocked in the face by Ghana's John Boye (not pictured) during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Bruno Martins Indi of the Netherlands lies injured on the pitch after being fouled by Australia's Tim Cahill during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TOPCUP)
Martins Indi of the Netherlands lies injured on the pitch after being fouled by Australia's Cahill during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre
Bruno Martins Indi of the Netherlands lies injured on the pitch after being fouled by Australia's Tim Cahill during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TOPCUP)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Bruno Martins Indi of the Netherlands receives treatment after a challenge during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Bruno Martins Indi of the Netherlands receives treatment after a challenge during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Nigeria's Michael Babatunde holds his wrist in pain after being hit with a shot from teammate Ogenyi Onazi, as Argentina's Pablo Zabaleta watches, during the 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match between Argentina and Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Staples (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Nigeria's Michael Babatunde holds his wrist in pain during the 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match between Argentina and Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium
Nigeria's Michael Babatunde holds his wrist in pain after being hit with a shot from teammate Ogenyi Onazi, as Argentina's Pablo Zabaleta watches, during the 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match between Argentina and Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Staples (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Nigeria's Michael Babatunde is carried off after getting injured during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Argentina at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Nigeria's Babatunde is carried off after getting injured during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Argentina at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre
Nigeria's Michael Babatunde is carried off after getting injured during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Argentina at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Italy's Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder, claiming he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez, during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Italy's Chiellini shows his shoulder, claiming he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez, during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal
Italy's Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder, claiming he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez, during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Argentina's Pablo Zabaleta grimaces after sustaining an injury following a collision with Dirk Kuyt of the Netherlands (unseen) during extra time in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Argentina's Zabaleta grimaces after sustaining an injury during extra time in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Netherlands in Sao Paulo
Argentina's Pablo Zabaleta grimaces after sustaining an injury following a collision with Dirk Kuyt of the Netherlands (unseen) during extra time in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Portugal's Fabio Coentrao is carried off after a foul during the 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Marit/Pool (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Portugal's Fabio Coentrao is carried off after a foul during the 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova arena
Portugal's Fabio Coentrao is carried off after a foul during the 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Marit/Pool (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

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