This Incredible World Cup Art Will Make You Love Soccer

World Cup Art

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There are few events that captivate the world like the FIFA World Cup. And while the road to the 2014 tournament has been plagued with its fair share of civil unrest and World Cup controversies, these incidents have been largely overshadowed by worldwide excitement, incredible victories and hometown pride. The FIFA tournament has also had a huge impact on the art world. From metallic selfies to soccer ball paintings, this World Cup art is just as intriguing as the games themselves.

Golden Selfies

London-based artist Emma Allen recently posted pictures of herself as the 2014 World Cup trophy. To mimic the golden sheen of the original, the 33-year-old artist doused herself in gold body paint, and then twisted her arms into the shape of the trophy. A swimming cap smoothed her head into a slick orb, and a simple black pillow created the illusion of a dark background. Allen’s World Cup art ignited instantly on the internet, garnering hundreds of thousands of views and a shoutout from Ian Wright, a player on England’s soccer team.

Woman Creates Trophy From Body

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An Ode To Football

As the 2014 World Cup has only confirmed, an excitement over football (or soccer for us Yankees) is one of the few “universals” in this life. To commemorate that through film, one…

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21 Shocking Images That Uncover The World Cup’s Dark Side

The FIFA World Cup is always a roller coaster of emotion. We root for our favorite teams, boo when the referees make terrible decisions and feel a deep, unalienable sense of nationalistic pride when our team fights for a win, despite all odds.

Yet with all of the success and thrills presented by the World Cup every four years, the tournament’s seedy underbelly is hard to conceal. From increasingly violent demonstrations to brutal player-on-player contact to a thriving demand for prostitutes, the World Cup has an undeniable dark side. These shocking images explore the dark realities of the booming phenomenon that is the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Fuck FIFA Football Jersey

Demonstrators continue to protest the Brazil World Cup games. Source: Imgur

Anti-FIFA Street Art

Street art conveys the anti-World Cup sentiment running rampant throughout the streets of Brazil. Source: Slate

Giorgio Chiellini Get Bitten

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is fined for the third time in his career for biting an opponent.

Prostitutes Learn English

Prostitutes in Brazil learn English in preparation for the 2014 World Cup. Source: NY Daily News

Red Card Demonstrations

Protesters hold up red cards to signify their opposition to the 2014 World Cup.

Troops Prepare For The World Cup

Brazil has taken lengthy security precautions to reduce violence during the World Cup.

Slums In Brazil Photograph

Rio de Janeiro’s impoverished slums are a steep contrast to the excess of the World Cup.

World Cup Dark Side

The Ivory Coast’s Giovanni Sio fouls Greece’s Giorgos Samaras, giving the team a free penalty kick.

Prostitutes at World Cup Dark Side

Rio de Janeiro is one of the oldest and largest Red Light Districts in the world.

Dark Side of World Cup Public Art

Street art conveys the complaints of Brazilians who do not support the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Security Teams Flock to World Cup

Security teams and military troops flock to Brazil to control protests and fans during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Gang Violence World Cup Dark Side

Though troops were sent to Rio de Janeiro to shake up nearby drug dealers and criminals, the streets are still largely unsafe.

Players Fight Dark Side of Football Games

Portugal’s Pepe gets a yellow card after arguing with Thomas Muller in the game against Germany.

Tear Gas World Cup Protests

People flee through clouds of tear gas in a June 20th protest.

Brazilian Sex Workers

Sex workers prepare for the surge of tourists at the World Cup.

2014 World Cup Pepe Foul

Pepe (Portugal) fouls Germany’s Thomas Mueller and is sent off of the field.

Violence Rio de Janeiro

Troops raid a pre-World Cup Rio de Janeiro to reduce violent activity in the city’s slums.

Michael Babatunde Injured

Nigeria’s Michael Babatunde is taken away on a stretcher after being injured on the field.

World Cup Dark Side Protests

Anti-FIFA protests turn dangerous as demonstrators clash with police.

Giorgio Chiellini

Italy’s Giorigo Chiellini is bitten by a member of the Uruguay team.

Anti-FIFA Protests in Brazil

Masses of people stage anti-FIFA and anti-government protests throughout Rio de Janeiro and surrounding cities.

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Cutting Up The World Cup

Wish you could get into arguably the biggest sporting event in the planet but prefer musical drops to kick offs? This video incorporates all the sport’s movement into a dynamic music video unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Enjoy!

Everything You’ve Missed From The Brazil World Cup

The road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup wasn’t easy. The tournament has caused uproar in Brazil, where many people live in slums and poverty—a stark contrast to the extravagant splendor and spending that hosting an event like this requires. In fact, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and other Brazilian cities have seen some of the largest anti-World Cup demonstrations to date.

Despite the hardships and unrest plaguing the country, the excitement surrounding the impending matches is unmistakable. The streets are draped in bold, bright colors, and Brazil World Cup murals and street art cover the cities. Finally, after much preparation, the 2014 FIFA World Cup is upon us! In case you’ve missed it–we’ll bring you up to speed.

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Brazil World Cup Jumping Players

Dancers assume the dynamism of the soccer ball at today's World Cup Opening Ceremony. Source: The Telegraph

Brazil World Cup Pink Dance

Dancers represent Brazil's flora at the opening ceremonies. Source: The Telegraph

Brazil World Cup Native

Performers depict Brazil's indigenous population. Source: The Telegraph

Brazil World Cup Soccer

Dancers shed bones and skin for a black and white fútbol face. Source: The Telegraph

Brazil World Cup Kula Shaker

Brazil shows off its larger than life--if not slightly bizarre--kula shaker. Source: The Telegraph

Brazil World Cup J Lo

Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte commence the Cup in a characteristically decadent fashion. Source: The Telegraph

Brazil World Cup Decorations

The streets of Rio de Janeiro are brightly decorated in preparation for the World Cup. Source: AOL

World Cup Puppets

A woman tangos with larger-than-life puppets of the World Cup players in Rio de Janeiro. Source: The Atlantic

Brazil World Cup Slums

A small boy sits in front of a soccer goal in Brazil’s slums. Source: Los Angeles Times

Soccer Portraits Brazil World Cup

Artwork and murals cover the streets of Brazil, including these portraits of soccer players. Source: Business Insider

Boy Protests Brazil World Cup

A boy protests the Brazil World Cup while wrapped in the Brazilian national flag. Source: International Business Times

Estadio das Dunas Brazil World Cup

An aerial view showing the construction of the Estadio das Dunas, one of the twelve stadiums that will be used during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Source: The Atlantic

World Cup Security Soldiers

Soldiers learn about the various defense and security personnel and equipment that is to be used during the FIFA World Cup. Source: The Atlantic

World Cup Murals in Brazil

Murals cover the streets of Rio de Janeiro in preparation for the 2014 World Cup. Source: ABC News

Children Play Soccer in Slums

Children play soccer in the Mangueira slum of Rio de Janeiro less than a mile from the grand World Cup stadium. Source: Los Angeles Times

Brazil World Cup Decorated

The streets of Rio Grande do Sul are beautifully decorated for the Brazil World Cup. Source: TIME

Fernanda Brum in Brazil

Singer Fernanda Brum performs during a music video shoot, the street behind her covered in decorations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Source: Los Angeles Times

Go Home FIFA Protests

Around 1,500 demonstrators gathered in Sao Paulo to protest the FIFA World Cup. This woman's jacket reads, "FIFA Go Home." Source: The Atlantic

Brazil World Cup Football Fan

A fan plays with a soccer ball in Rio de Janerio. Source: The Atlantic

Street Art in Brazil

World Cup-themed graffiti covers the streets in Brazil, where the world cup began on Thursday, June 12th. Source: Los Angeles Times

Maracana Stadium Aerial View

An aerial view of the Marcana stadium, one of a dozen stadiums to be used during the FIFA World Cup. Source: The Atlantic

Train Strikes Sao Paula Brazil

Train workers go on strike less than a week before the FIFA World Cup, shutting down various stations within Sao Paulo. Source: WSHU

2014 World Cup Security Measures

Security teams pore over screens showing the stadium during a media tour. Source: The Atlantic

People Playing Soccer in Brazil

People play soccer on the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Source: The Atlantic

Brazil World Cup Protesters

Brazilian protesters (including a man dressed as batman) speak out against the 2014 World Cup. Source: For The Win

Huge Anti-World Cup Protest

Hundreds gather in Sao Paulo, Brazil in one of the largest anti-World Cup protests. Source: Daily Mail

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