Getty Images served as the official photographers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, held this summer in host country Brazil. Here are twenty of the best pictures from the tournament, chosen by the photographers themselves:
The first stop for a football photographer in Brazil? Ipanema, famous for the beach football that goes on all day and continues as the sun sets over the mountains. Ryan Pierse sets the mood for the tournament with this beautiful shot that is even more striking when converted to black and white.
Shooting the official player portraits is an important part of the work Getty Images do ahead of the tournament. It gives the opportunity for some great pictures of the top stars. The pick of the bunch being the ever-so-cool Andrea Pirlo of Italy by Shaun Botterill.
As Brazil prepared to host the World Cup and thousands of fans descended on the country, Alex Livesey found this scene on the beach in Maceio. A picture that reinforces Brazil’s passion for the game at all levels.
The Netherlands hit the ground running with a spectacular performance to beat champions Spain 5-1. Robin Van Persie running straight back to celebrate with his manager Louis Van Gaal. A sign of things to come at Manchester United.
Wayne Rooney and England’s struggles symbolised in this picture taken by Mike Hewitt’s remote camera behind the goal. When Rooney leapt up to meet a cross, the ball cannoned off the bar and Rooney hit the back of the net himself.
Surpassing Ronaldo’s World Cup goals tally isn’t easy but Germany’s Miroslav Klose managed it in Brazil. Here he celebrates scoring against Ghana with his trademark flip.
The World Cup’s most controversial moment came in Uruguay’s game against Italy. Luiz Suarez biting down on his Italian counterpart Giorgio Chiellini. Matthias Hangst captured the aftermath as Chilellini protests to the referee and Suarez holds his teeth in pain!
As Germany faced off against the USA in rainy Recife, Martin Rose caught a picture of frustrated Germany coach Joachim Loew getting airborne. Did he even realize that he’d forgotten his coat?!
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates scoring from the spot against Mexico in spectacular style. Perfectly timed by Alex Livesey.
Shades of the classic Maradona picture here as Lionel Messi finds himself surrounded on all sides by Swiss defenders in Sao Paulo.
David Luiz’s face after scoring a great free kick against Colombia will live long in the memory. Veins bursting out of his neck, eyes bursting out of their sockets, a great celebration picture!
One of the tournament’s huge talking points, captured by Jamie McDonald. The ball drops to Neymar as Brazil attack from a corner. A split second later, following a challenge from Juan Camilo Zuniga, a country holds its breath and his tournament is over.
Argentina fans celebrate in the sea off the famous Copacabana beach. What better way to cool down after watching your team progress past Belgium? Mario Tama’s picture puts you right in there with them!
Brazil’s ferocious singing of their national anthem was a feature of the World Cup and when Julio Cesar and David Luiz held a Neymar shirt for their missing teammate ahead of the semi final against Germany, it made for a powerful picture.
You’ve just seen your dreams of World Cup glory destroyed 7-1 by Germany. Most Brazilians sat, head in hands, some reduced to tears… not this fan. He reacted by eating his own flag!
The famous Maracana, rebuilt for the tournament, provided many dramatic moments during the tournament. Jamie Squire shot a great wide angle picture of the stadium during the final.
Manuel Neuer won the Golden Glove for being the tournament’s best goalkeeper but some could argue he played mainly as a sweeper! In charging out to clear the ball from Gonzalo Higuain in the final, he took the ball and the Argentinean! It made a great action picture.
64 matches boil down to one moment of genius to secure the World Cup title for Germany. Mario Goetze scores with a great finish to give Germany a late lead in the final. A picture which will define the final forever and no photographer wants to miss!
Philipp Lahm lifts the trophy for Germany. The trophy picture always looks great at a World Cup Final but Mattias Hangst had a great angle on this one, capturing the joy on the team’s faces as the party began!
Germany’s hero Mario Goetze, captured in isolation kissing the World Cup Trophy after scoring the winning goal for his team. The colors of the stadium roof in the background add drama to an unusually serene moment in the middle of the massive celebration.