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    23 Aerial Photos From The World Cup That Look Like Fine Art

    They look like Playstation FIFA 18 avatars.

    Sports photographers usually have the most enviable views of an event. Especially during the current, month-long World Cup in Russia, where tickets are much-coveted, they get paid not just to see a match with absolutely zero obstruction but they also get to share the pitch (well, the sidelines) with the athletes themselves.

    Sometimes though they gotta mix it up. And so they find themselves snapping from the furthest distance to get a good angle. At this year's World Cup matches in Russia, Getty photographers were given access far, far above the crowds and into the roof of the stadiums to get these incredible aerial shots. They had to be harnessed for safety, of course, and it's hardly for the fainthearted. But wow, the results!

    Clive Rose / Getty Images

    Neymar Jr about to score Brazil's first goal versus Mexico in their round of 16 match.

    No guys, this isn't a screenshot from the Playstation game.

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    Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz looks dejected after scoring a goal for Iran during their group B match.

    But they'd fit in well in an art gallery.

    Francois Nel / Getty Images

    Egypt's Mohamed Salah scores a penalty kick during their group A match against Russia.

    Julian Finney / Getty Images

    Kickoff in the Sweden vs Switzerland round of 16 match.

    ~Renaissance art~, or something.

    Matthias Hangst / Getty Images

    Belgium's Thomas Vermaelen wins a header during a group G match against England.

    Ryan Pierse / Getty Images

    Tunisia's Fakhreddine Ben Youssef is fouled by England's Harry Maguire during a group G match.

    The match really looks different from above.

    Stu Forster / Getty Images

    Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio makes a crucial save versus Morocco in their group B match.

    Show me some love.

    David Ramos - Fifa / Getty Images

    Senegal players huddle before resuming play against Japan during their group H match.

    Wins look sweeter...

    Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

    Belgium players celebrate their third goal against Japan in the round of 16.

    Oleg Nikishin / Getty Images

    Russia celebrates against Spain in a round of 16 match.

    Losing is no fun. Zero.

    Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

    Germany is defeated by South Korea in a group F match.

    Immaculate hair, even under pressure.

    Antonin Thuillier / AFP / Getty Images

    Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel makes a save versus France in their group C match.

    Though some angles just don't look quite right.

    Julian Finney / Getty Images

    Switzerland dejected after losing to Sweden in round of 16.

    Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

    Belgium scores against Japan in the round of 16.

    Even pre-match warm-ups are mesmerising.

    Matthias Hangst / Getty Images

    A long exposure shot of England warming up prior to the group G match against Belgium.

    Clive Rose / Getty Images

    Brazil warm up ahead of the round of 16 match against Mexico.

    Matthias Hangst / Getty Images

    England and Belgium shake hands.

    Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

    Photographers surround Belgium's huddle ahead of the round of 16 match against Japan.

    It's a gigantic pitch, and only this view allows us to appreciate it.

    Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

    Belgium and Japan just before kick-off.

    Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

    Belgium's Romelu Lukaku confronts Japan's Maya Yoshida in the round of 16.

    Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

    Belgium's Nacer Chadli scores his team's third goal versus Japan in the round of 16.

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    Sweden's defender Martin Olsson falls during the round of 16 match against Switzerland.

    We're tired of the eye-level perspective. We just want more of this view, tbh.

    Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

    Belgium scores versus Japan in the round of 16.

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