Photo of the Day

World Cup Photo of the Day: June 23, 2014

US fans react after a late goal by Portugal leads to a 2-2 draw.

A Fan of the U.S. national soccer team reacts with frustration after Portugal scored the second goal at the end of the live telecast of the group G World Cup match between United States and Portugal, inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Portugal managed to score to tie the Americans 2-2 in the last minutes of the game. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Selfies with Players Latest Trend

Smile and Say “World Cup!”

Of the countless number of World Cup souvenirs in Brazil, the most sought-after may be one you can’t buy.

Selfies – taking a picture of yourself with a smartphone – have become immensely popular worldwide. So it’s no surprise that fans are coming to Brazil with cell phones in hand, hoping to get a selfie with their favorite player. And a lucky few have been able to do just that, and walk away with what may be the ultimate World Cup memento.

Brazilian President Dilma Roussef kicked off the trend with World Cup stadium construction workers:

Dilma Roussef and construction workers.

Since then, fans have been seeking selfies with some of their favorite players – Javier Hernandez of Mexico:

Javier Hernandez of Mexico.

Brazil’s Neymar:

Neymar of Brazil.

Ecuador’s Jorge Guagua:

Ecuador's Jorge Guagua.

Italy’s Mario Balotelli:


Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi:

Gianluigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi of Italy.

But it’s not just the players that are getting attention from fans – coaches, like Netherlands’ Louis Van Gaal, are too:

Louis Van Gaal, Netherlands' coach.

And even the players can get starstruck, resulting in a memorable photo. Take Germany’s Lukas Podolski, who was able to snag a selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after Germany’s 4-0 rout of Portugal:

Lukas Podolski and Angela Merkel.

But the prize for best football selfie has to go to Team Mexico. Not only did they get a selfie with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto…

Team Mexico.

…they were able to fit the entire team into the photo!

Team Mexico.