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Friday 19 September 2014

World Cup fans were the real winners in Brazil

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Fans pictures from the 2014 brazil World Cup.
Fans pictures from the 2014 brazil World Cup.
Sunday Life News
Fans pictures from the 2014 brazil World Cup.
Fans pictures from the 2014 brazil World Cup.
SALVADOR, BAHIA , BRAZIL - JUNE 13: Fans arriving for the match 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B Spain v Netherlands in Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 , Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Felipe Oliveira/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BAHIA , BRAZIL - JUNE 13: Fans arriving for the match 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B Spain v Netherlands in Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 , Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Felipe Oliveira/Getty Images)

It was billed as the greatest show on earth — the 2014 World Cup, which culminated with Germany's 1-0 victory over Argentina in Rio.

There have been tears and there’s been glory in Brazil — and above all there has been spectacular displays of colour from the hundreds of thousands |of football fans who descended on the Samba nation from all over the globe.

On the pitch the competition has provided sensational goals, massive shocks and full blown controversy as Uruguay's Luis Suarez bit the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini and was promptly banned for four months.

Football heavyweights Spain, Italy and England were all sent packing early while underdogs like Costa Rica, Algeria and the United States taught the old masters a lesson.

The host nation’s campaign will always be remembered for that humiliating 7-1 semi-final capitulation to Germany.

But it's the colourful, gorgeous and flamboyant fans who have added so much to the football carnival in Brazil.

From the world famous Copacabana beach in Rio to Manaus in the Amazon jungle, supporters have cheered on their national heroes and watched anxiously as the games have been played out.

And we have captured every moment of the highs and lows from Brazil in our spectacular gallery. It has certainly been a fang-tastic World Cup...

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13:  Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany, girlfriend Sarah Brandner and assistant coach Hansi Flick celebrate with teammates at a party, after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match against Argentina, at Sheraton Hotel on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Markus Gilliar - Pool/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany, girlfriend Sarah Brandner and assistant coach Hansi Flick celebrate with teammates at a party, after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match against Argentina, at Sheraton Hotel on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Markus Gilliar - Pool/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13:  Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany and girlfriend Sarah Brandner celebrate with teammates at a party, after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match against Argentina, at Sheraton Hotel on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Markus Gilliar - Pool/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany and girlfriend Sarah Brandner celebrate with teammates at a party, after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match against Argentina, at Sheraton Hotel on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Markus Gilliar - Pool/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13:  Lena Gercke, girlfriend of Sami Khedira of Germany, looks on after Germany's 1-0 win in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Lena Gercke, girlfriend of Sami Khedira of Germany, looks on after Germany's 1-0 win in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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