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World Cup Gallery: The cream of the crop

World of Sport

A selection of the best photos so far from the World Cup in South Africa.

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Here is a humongous fan of Paraguay, gesturing to the referee after he incorrectly interprets the offside rule.

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Oranje are ready for take-off as they move into the quarter-finals - strap on your seatbelts!

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This fan serves to confound the widely held assumption that all German supporters are weird. Yep, he does quite a job.

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Not only did Germany hammer England in the WAG-off, thanks in large to Sarah Brandner's efforts (pictured left, unsurprisingly), but her boyfriend Bastian Schweinsteiger was equally instrumental on the pitch as England were Mueller-ed.

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Long after Paraguay secured their spot in the quarter-finals, this fan was left soaking up the occasion and basking in the glory of her side's triumph. The stewards did not ask her to leave.

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Algeria's Foued Kadir forgets to take the necessary precautions when defending a USA free-kick. Ouchee!

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Talk about spoiling a Kodak moment: these three fans were ready to get their faces up on the big screen with a classic shot before a festively-plump Korean pounced - that is what you call opportunist vuvuzela-ing!

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Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback has always been less than enamoured with his lurid green tracksuit, and as such has not taken off his fluorescent orange FIFA bib all tournament. Perhaps it is also part of his 'express empathy with the substitutes' campaign.

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Preening? Moi? Cristiano Ronaldo mistakes the pitch during Portugal's 7-0 drubbing of North Korea for an Armani underpants photoshoot. Still, the scoreline probably warranted the cheesy grin.

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Having been vilified for 'putting off' the Spain goalkeeper during their opening defeat to Switzerland, Sara Carbonero managed to avoid further criticism this time round, despite taking up her usual position behind the goal. She simply looked the other way.

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FIFA's secretary general Jerome Valcke sets about welcoming the girls with Miss Brazil Luciana Bertolini Reis, and Miss Ivory Coast Dacoury Gnago, while vice-president Jack Warner tells the Miss World organisers: "If you want to be successful you have to get me on side."

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Ah yes, how could we forget the Bavaria beer-endorsed Dutch girls?! Suddenly every fan at the Soccer City Stadium was seen insisting to the nearby stewards that their ticket was in fact eligible for a spot on Row F of the South Stand. The man with the lurid orange Topman shades on the left was clearly in that camp.

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The resurgence of the old-fashioned rattle continues to grow as this Danish dame sports the RSV100 model, along with a bottle of beer and the top hat which Emmanuel Adebayor was seen wearing earlier in the day (only pretty poorly).

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Who says the Paraguayans lack flair? This buoyant pair's joy is unbridled as they celebrate Antolin Alcaraz's strike against Italy. No wonder they have already clinched FIFA's fans of the tournament award before the quarter-finals have even begun.

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