Faces of the World Cup

Thirty-two teams came to Russia with dreams of being world champions.

Take a look at a few of this year’s World Cup heroes in a gallery of The Players’ Tribune’s best pictures.

Paulinho, midfielder, Brazil.
Paulinho, midfielder, Brazil. / Vanessa Montero/The Players' Tribune
Aron Gunnarsson, midfielder, Iceland.
Aron Gunnarsson, midfielder, Iceland. / Sam Robles/The Players' Tribune
Leon Balogun, defender, Nigeria.
Leon Balogun, defender, Nigeria. / Julie Glassberg/The Players' Tribune
Benjamin Mendy, left-back, France. | Thomas Meunier, right-back, Belgium
Benjamin Mendy, left-back, France. | Thomas Meunier, right-back, Belgium / Dirk Bruniecki/The Players' Tribune
Roberto Martínez, manager, Belgium.
Roberto Martínez, manager, Belgium. / Guillermo Hernandez Martinez/The Players
Andrés Guardado, midfielder, Mexico.
Andrés Guardado, midfielder, Mexico. / Gianfranco Tripodo/The Players' Tribune
Xherdan Shaqiri, winger, Switzerland. | John Mikel Obi, midfielder, Nigeria.
Xherdan Shaqiri, winger, Switzerland. | John Mikel Obi, midfielder, Nigeria. / Sam Robles/The Players' Tribune
Romelu Lukaku, forward, Belgium.
Romelu Lukaku, forward, Belgium. / Sam Robles/The Players' Tribune
Jonathan dos Santos, midfielder, Mexico.
Jonathan dos Santos, midfielder, Mexico. / Jed Jacobsohn/The Players' Tribune
Edinson Cavani, forward, Uruguay. | Aleksandar Kolarov, defender, Serbia.
Edinson Cavani, forward, Uruguay. | Aleksandar Kolarov, defender, Serbia. / Sam Robles/The Players' Tribune | Claudi
Emil Forsberg, forward, Sweden.
Emil Forsberg, forward, Sweden. / Matt Gordon/The Players' Tribune
Jesús Corona, winger, Mexico.
Jesús Corona, winger, Mexico. / Sam Robles/The Players' Tribune
Raheem Sterling, winger, England. | Julian Draxler, winger, Germany.
Raheem Sterling, winger, England. | Julian Draxler, winger, Germany. / Sam Robles/The Players' Tribune
Ángel di María, winger, Argentina.
Ángel di María, winger, Argentina. / Capucine Bailly/The Players' Tribune
Tite, manager, Brazil.
Tite, manager, Brazil. / Sam Robles/The Players' Tribune

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