Syria‘s national football team observes a moment of silence for last week’s attacks in Paris ahead of their second round soccer match of regional qualifiers against Singapore for the 2018 World Cup
David Beckham waves toward his fans while on his way back after playing a charity match to collect funds for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal on Friday
Players battle for the ball during their match at the swamp soccer China tournament in Beijing, China
Robots compete in a football match during the RoboCup 2015 in Hefei in eastern China’s Anhui province on Wednesday
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Boca Juniors fans cheer their team before a Copa Libertadores round of sixteen soccer match against River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Young Yemenis play football on a street in Sanaa, Yemen on Thursday. Schools and universities have remained closed in Sanaa and several Yemeni cities since the Saudi-led coalition began its military operations on positions held by the Houthis and their allies across the country
An Iraq fan waits in the rain for the start of the Asian Cup semi-final football match against South Korea at the Stadium Australia in Sydney
Iran fans cheer before the start of their Asian Cup Group C soccer match against UAE at the Brisbane Stadium in Brisbane on Monday
Fans stand outside a ticketing office ahead of the opening African Cup of Nations Group A soccer match in Bata, Equatorial Guinea on Friday
Visually impaired students at a school for the blind take part in a football match in New Delhi, India, on Monday.
Young boys warm up before playing football on a dusty field in Soweto, South Africa
The German football team arrives in central Berlin on Tuesday. Germany’s World Cup-winning team has returned home from Brazil to celebrate the country s fourth title with huge crowds of fans lining the streets
Italy‘s coach Cesare Prandelli shouts during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco arena in Recife, Brazil
Portugal‘s Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd R) fights for the ball with Germany‘s Philipp Lahm (L-R), Per Mertesacker and Manuel Neuer during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 16, 2014.
A boy is silhouetted as he plays with a football at night in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday. The World Cup starts in Brazil on Thursday
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An artisan paints a roadside wall with pictures of 2014 World Cup participating players, in Kolkata, India. The 2014 World Cup football tournament is to be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. Seen on the left is a painting of Lionel Messi, Argentina’s national player
South Korea’s national football team stretch during a training session at the National Football Center in Paju. South Korea will play Russia, Algeria and Belgium in Group H of the World Cup in Brazil in June
Moleque Travesso soccer club’s goalkeeper Alexandre Toledo, 36, prepares to block a shot during an amateur match against the Jardim Regina Pirituba club in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr Toledo used to be a professional soccer player, but in 1996 he injured his left leg in a motorcycle accident and the following year the limb was amputated. Despite this injury, he began playing soccer again with friends, and is the goalkeeper for Moleque Travesso amateur soccer club. With Brazil about to host the World Cup, soccer fever is taking over the country
A boy plays alone as he practices scoring in a small court in the Tavares Bastos shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The high costs of preparing for the 2013 Confederations Cup and upcoming World Cup, blamed in part by the late rush to get projects done, ignited a wave of public criticism from a population already tired of poor public services and widespread corruption, yet in Brazil, soccer is a unifying force
Maicon de Jesus Dias throws a ball he recovered from an open grave while playing football in a makeshift field in a local cemetery of the city of Una, Bahia state. Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup starting June 12.