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Alone in a Crowd Photos and Words by Nathen McVittie, writing...

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Alone in a Crowd

Photos and Words by Nathen McVittie, writing from Dublin after the Ireland-United States friendly

In a stadium that holds 52,000 people, you would expect to feel surrounded.

Where Is Football: Where Local Is International This week we go...

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Where Is Football: Where Local Is International

This week we go international. As clubs send their stars abroad, we look local. But local for you? That's global for the rest of the world.

A Sense of Life Around The Game: Non-League in Poland by Przemek...

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A Sense of Life Around The Game: Non-League in Poland by Przemek Niciejewski

Far from full stadiums, there are onlookers of every kind watching the wondrous non-league football around Poland.

Away Days: America in Europe Words and Photos by Nathen...

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Away Days: America in Europe

Words and Photos by Nathen McVittie, from USA vs Czech Republic in Prague.

After the World Cup dust has settled, soccer continues.

"Wake Up!" Words and Photos by Eric Beard and Julie Logan, from...

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"Wake Up!"

Words and Photos by Eric Beard and Julie Logan, from the NWSL Final between the Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City at Starfire Stadium

There's something immeasurably inspiring about witnessing a winner lose.

Ground From Above - Terrão de Cima by Renato Stockler "A...

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Ground From Above - Terrão de Cima by Renato Stockler

"A ‘terrão' (earthen field) is an oasis in the urban landscape. The reddish tone of a soccer field turns into a stage for resistance of popular soccer.

Where The Average Weekend Is Anything But: Portland and The...

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Where The Average Weekend Is Anything But: Portland and The Timbers Army

Photos captured by Jordan Beard

Over the past week, Portland, Oregon was situated right on the middle of the global game's map.

Through Ryu’s Lens: Embracing the game in Basel Not every...

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Through Ryu's Lens: Embracing the game in Basel

Not every match can be a World Cup final, and it won't be that way for another four years. So while we brace for a new season in Europe's major leagues, Ryu Voelkel is already back in action, traveling the continent to capture the game unseen by most.

Watching People Watching The World Cup You’ve seen the...

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Watching People Watching The World Cup

You've seen the thousands of photos of goal celebrations, player reactions, and crushing images of fans sitting alone in stadiums.

Capturing The 2014 World Cup: A Photographer’s...

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Capturing The 2014 World Cup: A Photographer's Guide

Words and Photography by Ryu Voelkel

It's been a while. So forgive me.

More Than Just a Flag The World Cup is often portrayed as an...

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More Than Just a Flag

The World Cup is often portrayed as an event that brings a diversity of countries together, but it's not just the teams, so much as the diverse people who make up each of those countries.

Regardless of color, creed, or orientation, we're all fans, and we're all family.

Against All Odds: Atleti in the Camp Nou Anthony Lopopolo was at...

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Against All Odds: Atleti in the Camp Nou

Anthony Lopopolo was at the Camp Nou, camera in hand, to capture some of the scenes over the weekend.

A few seconds after Alexis Sanchez scored that first goal for Barcelona, an Atletico Madrid fan tucked underneath an overhang in Camp Nou held his head in his hands and couldn't control the tears.

The World’s Best Football Photographer and The World Cup:...

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The World's Best Football Photographer andThe World Cup: Ryu x Rio

We've featured the sublime photography of Ryu Voelkel on AFR for years, so - unless you're remarkably new here - the man hardly needs an introduction.

A First Person Lens of Futebol in Brazil If you want to see the...

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A First Person Lens of Futebol in Brazil

If you want to see the biggest tournament in any sport, go to the World Cup. If you really want to explore the country hosting the World Cup, visit it before the tournament kicks off.

A Dispatch From The Milan Derby Il Derby della Madonnina is not...

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A Dispatch From The Milan Derby

Il Derby della Madonnina is not what it once was. It is still about the pride of Milan, but it is no longer the hottest city in world football.

Still, AC Milan and Inter share a lot of history, and the rivalry never dies.

Through Ryu’s Lens: Belgium’s biggest match (in...

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Through Ryu's Lens: Belgium's biggest match (in Belgium)

Despite a population of just over 11 million and a history of little prestige in football on the world's stage, Belgium are considered the darkhorse by many to win this summer's World Cup. With Hazard, Kompany, Courtois, Lukaku, and Vertoghen (just to name a few) leading the Red Devils in Brazil, Belgium have shown that they're united and have the quality to perform against any opponent.

Where is Football? Where the goals are. Denmark-based...

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Where is Football? Where the goals are.

Denmark-based photographerKim Høltermand found the perfect morning to capture the game. The grass is brisk and if there are any defenders on the pitch, they're completely covered by the surrounding fog.

Through Ryu’s Lens: José does it again Parisian fans have...

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Through Ryu's Lens: José does it again

Parisian fans have swooped past frustration and sit in their city with nothing but existential angiush. Oh, what could have been. This was their year, and it was led by the mighty Zlatan.

HOLY GOAL, by Ciro Meggiolaro I don’t know if I’m...

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HOLY GOAL, by Ciro Meggiolaro

I don't know if I'm already old - I'm 35 now - but a couple of years ago I began comparing my childhood withthe children of these days.

I saw this mostly in the empty football fields wheremy friends, 90% of the children in my country - I'm italian by the way - and myself played every dayuntilthe sun went down, leading to the point where ourmothers would scream and shout to call us back home.

150 grounds in Serbia, by Sasa Grujic “My goal is to visit...

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150 grounds in Serbia, by Sasa Grujic

"My goal is to visit as many grounds as possible. Why? Pure pleasure!"

Sasa Grujic is on a mission to visit the most grounds in his native Serbia and accompanying him on this journey is his camera.

Through Ryu’s Lens: Blues in Black It was a bright and...

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Through Ryu's Lens: Blues in Black

It was a bright and sunny day in London. A rarity for Chelsea faithful. Matchday was made even better when Mourinho's men stole 3 points in the dying minutes of the match against Everton. Nevertheless, Ryu brought out his camera and turned the lights down low at Stamford Bridge.

The One Love Project, by Levon Biss Over the course of 2 years,...

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The One Love Project, by Levon Biss

Over the course of 2 years, London-based photographer Levon Biss visited 28 countries across 6 continents to document local football, from children playing in city parks, to professionals playing at the highest level.

"Following Die Löwen" Travel with AFR and photographer Mixen as...

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"Following Die Löwen"

Travel with AFRand photographer Mixen as he follows his beloved TSV 1860 München around Germany

19/07/2013: St. Pauli 1 - 0 TSV 1860München

"I've visited Hamburg a couple times, an 800km trip for me and its always a great experience.

Through Ryu’s Lens: The North London Derby The North...

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Through Ryu's Lens: The North London Derby

The North London Derby met the magic of the FA Cup, and Ryu rushed to the Emirates to catch Arsene Wenger's squad pass yet another test as the Gunners continue his search for silverware.

Spurs looked second-best, but that's to be expected when the past 5 North London derbys were won by the side hosting the match.

Through Ryu’s Lens: Milan falls in the Milan Derby The...

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Through Ryu's Lens: Milan falls in the Milan Derby

The papers were screaming for a headline made by Mario Balotelli, but for once Milan's #45 went silent. As frustration and fog filled the air, Inter finally broke through in the second half, adding to AC Milan's already forgettable year.

Bienvenido al Bernabeu Real Madrid’s cathedral, the...

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Bienvenido al Bernabeu

Real Madrid's cathedral, the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, is home to one of the biggest clubs on the planet; when visiting the Spanish capital it really is a must for any futbol aficionado, especially if its amatch day.

Through Ryu’s Lens: A Night in Plzeň The weather was in...

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Through Ryu's Lens: A Night inPlzeň

The weather was in the negatives, but Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow fans each brought a pile of flares to heat up the atmosphere at the Struncovy Sady. It was a Champions League affair, but having been in the same group as Bayern and Man City, this match was all about 3rd place: a spot in the Europa League.

Kicking in the mountains of Bhutan: Changlimethang Stadium One...

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Kicking in the mountains of Bhutan: Changlimethang Stadium

One of AFR's most ardent supporters,Yeji Hyun,was at the stadium to watch a final between two veteran clubs: Zimdra FC and Thimphu XI Police. While originally from South Korea, Yeji has been living in Bhutan, and thankfully she brought her camera with her.

A Trip to England’s 9th Tier: Penrith FC Penrith Football...

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A Trip to England's 9th Tier: Penrith FC

Penrith Football Club, founded in 1894, are members of the Ebac Northern League Division One, the 9th tier the English league pyramid. In 2009, they relocated to a new stadium at Frenchfield Park after the development of Penrith New Squares took over the site of their historical home, Southend Road.

Didier Drogba: The Photographer The swarm of cameras around...

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Didier Drogba: The Photographer

The swarm of cameras around footballers and professional athletes is nothing new. Sitting on the Galatasaray bench this past weekend, Didier Drogba decided to spend some time turning the tables. Snagging a camera from one of the photographers, Didier went ahead and took a few shots.

Through Ryu’s Lens: Anything you can do… "I...

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Through Ryu's Lens: Anything you can do...

"I applauded Cristiano because he was incredible, he was the best."

There's only one person more disappointed that Zlatan won't be in Brazil than Zlatan, and that is Ryu Voelkel. The big man deceives, acting and performing in a way that makes him seem to be more than just that.

Football in the Favelas by Laurence Griffiths With the World Cup...

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Football in the Favelas by Laurence Griffiths

With the World Cup kicking off in only a matter of months, it's becoming increasingly clear how different the pristine stadiums are from the heart of the game in Brazil. After receiving an Editorial Fellowship from Getty Images, photographerLaurence Griffiths was ableto document footballfutebol in Brazil and what it means to the people in the favelas.

Through Ryu’s Lens: Dortmund comes to London In the eyes...

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Through Ryu's Lens: Dortmund comes to London

In the eyes of many, Arsenal vs Dortmund is a dream match. Both clubs play to attack, attack, attack, attack, and attack. Both sides play to entertain their fans. And their Champions League match in North London did not disappoint.

Brazil

Ryu x Rio - AFR Voice Ep. 41 Over the last few years, AFR has...

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Ryu x Rio - AFR Voice Ep. 41

Over the last few years, AFR has had the great fortune of sharing with you the work of Ryu Voelkel – professional football photographer and host of the Big Lens Fast Shutter podcast. Thank the football gods, he'll be in Brazil this summer to capture the essence of the beautiful game in his unmistakable style – poetic, poignant and just plain beautiful to look at.

The Beautiful Game in Brasil: Photography by Christopher...

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The Beautiful Game in Brasil: Photography by Christopher Pillitz

Forget World Cuphype for a moment.Let's go back 120 years.

Football came to Brazil in 1894 when Charles Miller, the son of an expatriate Scottish railway engineer, disembarked in Santos carrying two balls.

In 200 Days, World Cup dreams become reality You know the date....

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In 200 Days, World Cup dreams become reality

You know the date. You've been waiting for 4 years. On the 12th of June in 2014, it all begins. Today, we're just 200 days away from the World Cup. Art by Dan Leydon. Photo by Ryu Voelkel.

Creating an Unbuilt Stadium Stadium mock-ups flood the Internet,...

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Creating an Unbuilt Stadium

Stadium mock-ups flood the Internet, and we open every one with open arms. But how do the images actually come to life? In an assignment to build a mock-up of an Inter x Gremio Stadium, we see the step-by-step mix of 3d, photoshop, and photography to go from a bare outline to a booming event filled with 80,000 fans.

The Rest

One Final Cup Final: Landon Leaves on Top The air feels...

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One Final Cup Final: Landon Leaves on Top The air feels different for a cup final. In these matches, only one side leaves as a champion, with their names etched onto silver and into history. The other simply leaves.

Colombians, Stars & Stripes at the Cottage: Captured by...

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Colombians, Stars & Stripes at the Cottage: Capturedby Nathen McVittie

Friday nights at Fulham's Craven Cottage are normally as quiet as you can find in London.

Through Ryu’s Lens: Barça storm Manchester The Champions...

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Through Ryu's Lens: Barça storm Manchester

The Champions League returned and Manchester City were ready to challenge the best. Pellegrini never once doubted Barcelona's quality, despite José Mourinho insisting this Catalan side is the worst he's seen in years.