The World Cup has ended leaving Germans triumphant, Brazilians in tears and a gaping hole in our schedule.
All month long, Hightail celebrated the festival of futebol with 31 photographs by Brazilian photographer, Caio Vilela. Now that everyone is compiling their favorite goals, players and games of the tournament, we thought we’d look back at our favorite Highly Inspired soccer shots.
Porto Alegre, Brazil: Every day the barefoot kids from Porto Alegre’s poor neighborhood of Vila Protasio Alves play after school matches that, for them, are always as important as a national team’s game.
Gorée, Senegal: A kid entertains himself by playing football in front of a mural in the historical center of UNESCO’s protected heritage site, Gorée Island.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Dozens of amateur teams practice every day on the dusty pitches next to Ouagadougou’s main football stadium. It doesn’t matter how many people get on the field, one ball is enough.
San Francisco, USA: A student from UCLA trains alone but spares some time to entertain a kid on sandy Baker Beach, just under Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Kids play in a park filled with colorful murals in Diego Maradona’s home neighborhood of Boca, a place where football is part of everyday life even more than the rest of Argentina.
You can see more of Caio’s photos (and meet our next #HighlyInspired artist) on our Tumblr page.