As the FIFA World Cup group stage finishes, 16 qualified teams begin prepare for the next round while the remaining 16 teams start packing for home.

We asked some of our Getty Images Sports Photographers what have been their highlights so far in this tournament.

Martin Rose

It’s the 15th world Cup goal for Miroslav Klose and he does the flip only at special goal.

The moment is perfect, you can see his face and he is high in the air. Most of the time you only see the back of the player and not his face.

But here was it the perfect moment, and I was in a good position and had a little bit of luck

About Martin Rose

Martin Rose was born in Heide, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany in 1975. He began his photography career as a junior reporter at Bongarts Sportfotografie in Hamburg in 1996.

Martin joined Getty Images as a staff photographer in 2004. He has taken part in four Olympic Games and six FIFA world championships. He has also covered four UEFA European Championships and various Formula 1 races, Grand Slam tennis tournaments and five IIHF Hockey World Championships.

Martin is passionate about sports photography, with a special interest in boxing and ice hockey.

David Ramos

Four years after winning the last FIFA World Cup, Spain plays his opening game against the same rival, The Netherlands.

It was going to be a good test to find out how both teams had aged. The atmosphere at the Arena Fonte Nova stadium was amazing, the Netherlands fans colored the stands, it was very hot and It was my first World Cup so all was ready for a big game... 

Spain faced the rival till the 53 minute when Arjen Robben scored his second team's goal and no one expected what happened then. Spain disappeared and allowed three more goals.

When Robin Van Persie scored his team's fourth goal he ran to celebrate with his teammates towards my opposite corner. I saw Iker Casillas stood covering his face dejected over a background of pure celebration and I decided to focus on him because I thought he was summing up the dejection of the last World Cup winner.

About David Ramos

Graduated by the Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya in Photography and Communication. Worked as staff in El Diari d'Andorra since 2001 till 2008 when he became a freelance working mainly for the Associated Press based in Barcelona.

He is working as a regular stringer for Getty Images since 2010 covering news and sports events worldwide.

He has been working and developing personal projects in Israel, Gaza Strip, Japan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Kosovo... He has been awarded with International Prizes such as World Press Photo, Picture of the Year Latam, Pictures Guild's Editors, Nikon Sport Photographer of the Year, Feature of the Year by Getty Images and Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar.

Father of a 2 years old boy and fervent fan of new ways of visual story telling

Dean Mouhtaropoulos @AllSportSnapper

With all the World Cup action, goals, celebrations, controversy, fans, stadiums, protests, silhouettes of locals playing on Copacabana beach, it’s pretty easy to be distracted to what is really important to most of us….family. 

The day after the Netherlands had smashed the reigning world champions, Spain 1-5, I thought I would be covering just another Dutch training session.  The previous nights starting eleven all did a very light session then Robin van Persie went and got his kids out of the stands along with some of the other players children and took them onto the field for a little match. 

This photo for me showed a side of the players we sports photographers and fans don’t see very often.  The caring father holding his daughter and walking with his son, who of course, has his dad’s football shirt on.  It felt more like a local football (soccer) club at that moment, not the team the world was talking about at the largest sporting event in the world.

About Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Mouhtaropoulos' love for photography began when his godfather bought him a camera for his 12th birthday.

"My journey to become a photographer had started and led me to the Big Smoke as I always knew London would provide a good platform to start my career in the photography business.

Working full time in various non-photo related roles and shooting for magazines and newspapers on weekends, it was then that I discovered Getty Images. When visiting the Getty Gallery, which was in Chelsea at the time, and looking at all those amazing pictures I had an epiphany and knew this was the company I wanted to work for.

I started hounding Getty’s Human Resources department to give me a role, any role, in the company. A few months and hundreds of phone calls later a role came up doing coffees, spreadsheets and filing. Thanks to my boss, who saw some potential in me, I became a Field Editor for Getty which is like the modern version of working in the Dark Room. I got to work with the best photographers around the world at events like the MTV Awards, Cannes Film Festival, both Football and Rugby World Cups, the Olympics, Champions League football, World Championships in Swimming, Diving, Hockey, Athletics and so on.

This has taught me more than I could ever imagine and after 7 years of absorbing information and applying it to my own photography, I earned the opportunity to become a staff photographer for Getty. 

10 years in London came to an end at the start of 2012 and I am now based in the Netherlands covering sports and news in the Benelux, France and Germany. My knowledge of photography has progressed but my passion is as strong as it was when I picked up my first roll of Fuji film as a 12 year old."

Cameron Spencer

This image was shot in the Socceroos second pool match against the Netherlands. It was probably my highlight and also the team’s as it was the one point in their 3 matches that they were winning.

This shot captures the jubilation of the Australian team celebrating a penalty goal by their fearless captain Mile Jedinak. The emotion in the image is one of total ecstasy leading in a match against a team as strong as Holland.

About Cameron Spencer

After attaining a bachelor’s degree of Visual Communication majoring in photography, Cameron began his career working as an assistant and freelance photographer. He started working at Getty Images in Sydney as a Picture Desk editor then Assignments Editor and, after many weekends learning from several senior Getty Images photographers, in 2004 the self confessed sports fanatic became a staff photographer.

In the past ten years, Cameron has covered major events including  four Olympic Games, two Commonwealth Games, three Rugby World Cups, two Asian Beach Games, two NZ Winter Games, the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and International cricket including three Ashes test series.

Cameron’s work is regularly published in newspapers, magazines and online around the world. Publications include The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Inside Sport, ESPN and Sports Illustrated.

Mark Kolbe

My world cup coverage of the Japan team started with their practice match in Tokyo on May 28th against Cyprus, followed by their pre-tournament camp in Florida and finally at their base camp on the outskirts of the Brazilian city of Itu for the tournament.

With limited photographic access to the team, it led to weeks of covering them warming up, before trainings were closed to the media after 15 minutes, so by the time their first world cup match came around on June 14th, I was itching to shoot something worthwhile.

Their first match saw them take on Les Elephants of Ivory Coast and with the vast weight of expectation on his shoulders, Keisuke Honda opened the scoring for the Samurai Blue’s 2014 World Cup campaign with a goal at the 16 minute mark. After scoring the goal he turned and ran back to the Japan bench to celebrate with the wider playing and team group which led to this image of jubilation of the Japan squad relieved to have opened their account after the weeks, months and years of preparation.

The joy however was short lived as the Ivory Coast answered with 2 second half goals to defeat Japan 2-1. The next two matches saw them draw 0-0 with Greece in Natal followed by a 4-1 drubbing by a rampant Columbian team riding high on the huge wave of crowd support in Cuiaba, leaving the Japan team finishing on the bottom of group C.

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