Whew, the World Cup is finally here. Hundreds of men are descending upon Brazil, readying to play one of the biggest sporting events in the whole world.

Even if soccer isn’t really your thing, you still might enjoy watching it—and we’ve got 17 reasons why.


Alfredo Talavera, Mexico

(ADID JIMENEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

(ADID JIMENEZ/AFP/Getty Images) 


Essaïd Belkalem, Algeria

(Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

(Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)


Fernando Gago, Argentina

 (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)


James Troisi, Australia

 (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

(Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


Asmir Begović, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, Brazil

(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)


Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, Brazil

(VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

(VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)


Aurélien Chedjou, Cameroon

(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)


Patrick Pemberton, Costa Rica

(EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

(EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images)


Olivier Giroud, France

(Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

(Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)


Adam Larsen Kwarasey, Ghana

(Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

(Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)


Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands

 (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


Park Chu-young, South Korea

 (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)


César Azpilicueta, Spain

 (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)


Gökhan Inler, Switzerland

(Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)


Edinson Cavani, Uruguay

(Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)

(Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)


Geoff Cameron, USA

(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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