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A love affair with soccer, in pictures

By Rachel Rodriguez, CNN
June 27, 2014 -- Updated 1452 GMT (2252 HKT)
Whether you call it soccer or football, this game is beloved around the world. In the Dominican Republic, Misael Rincon's kids and their cousin "have <a href='http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1144246'>World Cup fever</a>!" Here, they race for the ball outside Rincon's Santo Domingo home. "My kids love the baseball but for a few days here [they] have replaced the bat and glove for a football," he said. Click through the gallery to see more joyful photos that illustrate the world's love affair with soccer. Whether you call it soccer or football, this game is beloved around the world. In the Dominican Republic, Misael Rincon's kids and their cousin "have World Cup fever!" Here, they race for the ball outside Rincon's Santo Domingo home. "My kids love the baseball but for a few days here [they] have replaced the bat and glove for a football," he said. Click through the gallery to see more joyful photos that illustrate the world's love affair with soccer.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • View photos that illustrate the world's love affair with soccer
  • Whether we call it soccer or football, the sport seems to bring cultures together
  • Get tips for shooting your own soccer photos at Human to Hero
  • And submit your best shot at CNN iReport

(CNN) -- The World Cup is the world's most widely viewed sporting event, according to FIFA. It seems the world (yes, even the U.S.) has a love affair with soccer that runs deep and transcends cultural differences.

Click through the photos above to see 11 moments of joy in soccer games and practices around the world. Smile, and then go down to the pub to take in a World Cup game or down to the park to kick the ball around.

And if you want to take spirited and jubilant soccer photos like the ones above, visit our main Human to Hero page for a masterclass in sports photography.

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