Best photos of the 2014 World Cup

Whether it's been Spain's pain, Suarez's bite or Brazil getting battered at home, some of the most memorable moments in World Cup history have occurred this summer.

Fortunately photographers captured them all, so here is a selection of their finest photos...

Brazil fans watched in horror as the team's grip on the World Cup slipped in dramatic fashion and the hopes of a sixth title died.

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Video: How Brazil's World Cup dream turned into a nightmare

The script had the happiest of dream endings, of course: Brazil, led by poster boy Neymar, would win the World Cup in Rio on Sunday 13th July. And even though Felipe Scolari's obviously flawed side (Fred up front!) failed to shine, somehow Brazil found a way out of Group A and into the last four.

But when Neymar fell in the quarter-finals, one nation's dream soon turned into a vivid nightmare: a 7-1 thrashing by Germany, played out in front of the whole world…

Key factors in Germany vs Argentina

Can Germany become the first European side to win the trophy in South America? Or will Argentina add insult to injury and be crowned world champions in the home of their great rivals Brazil? We look at the key factors which could decide the outcome of Sunday's final.

Can free-scoring Germany find a way past an Argentine defence that hasn't conceded since the group stages?

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