The biggest, most striking moments in soccer often happen on the pitch. It’s where goals are scored and heroes are made. We happen to believe that, awesome as those moments are, they are but one small part of what makes soccer the beautiful game. There is so much amazing in our world, and soccer plays a huge part in making it so. These pictures are a reminding of how striking, surreal, epic, and beautiful the game we all love can be.
Fans during Argentina’s El Superclasico: River Plate vs Boca Juniors.
Messi staring at the World Cup trophy as he walks past to collect his second place medal.
A group of Russian soccer hooligans fight before a match.
A group of thousands watches the World Cup Final on the beaches of Rio De Janeiro.
The training ground of AS Monaco.
A night lit stadium during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Eric Cantona of Manchester United kicks a Crystal Palace fan in the crowd.
Adebayor celebrating his goal in front of the away crowd populated by Arsenal fans. Arsenal was his former club.
The Maracana stadium in Brazil during the 1950 World Cup. The stadium held 199,000 people during the final match in which Brazil faced Uruguay. That is almost two and a half times the capacity of Real Madrid’s Bernabeu today.
Fans surround a bus full of German players after their World Cup victory.
Hundreds of fans juggle balls on the beaches of Rio during sunset.
A young child in a favela.
Fans storm the field in Egypt.