Football is a global phenomenon, but no matter where you are, one thing never changes - the passion that it inspires. It is a passion that occupies the sofas of homes across the world, packs out stadiums fit for thousands, and draws people to pitches, fields and even empty streets. Football is fantastic for so many reasons. It is of course an exciting game to watch with its dizzying pace and the euphoria that accompanies each goal, but it also embodies a sense of loyalty and camaraderie that can bring enormous pleasure, whether you're a die-hard fan or a casual observer. Perhaps the main reason that football is wonderful, however, is that it opens it arms to everyone – if you want to join in, all you really need is a ball! So don your team's colours and enjoy our selection of amazing football photos sure to ignite your fever pitch.