The group stage in photos
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and last week’s events in South Africa have resulted in scores of fascinating moments, all recorded for posterity in a snapshot. Colour, passion and simple joie de vivre dominate the raft of images capturing the huge popular appeal of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009.

By contrast, action pictures of the field of play and the touchlines show many different facets of the world’s most popular sport. Dynamic athleticism, hunger for success, sporting rivalry and comradeship are all there, plus a range of more basic emotions, including elation, frustration, pride, tension and relief. All in all, the Festival of Champions offers something for everyone.

And just think back to the unforgettable moments so far: Robinho’s spur-of-the-moment interview in the midst of his goal celebrations; Fernando Torres' look of grim determination just prior to emerging from the tunnel onto the pitch; Gianluca Zambrotta at play on the South African savannah – with a lion; or USA coach Bob Bradley in a wild dressing room celebration with his playmaker and son Michael after sensationally reaching the semi-finals. is the place to be, because you won’t find a better or more comprehensive collection of these scenes and countless more like them anywhere else on the net. Take in the incomparable delight and happiness written all over the faces of South African fans, and supporters from every corner of the earth, as the build-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ shifts into top gear. Check out the most stirring moments featuring the very best players the globe has to offer. Like we said, you’re already in the right place!

We’ve set up a dedicated Photos area on our FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 microsite. Check the "Shot of the Day" to relive the most moving moments of them all. "Fan Photos" brings to life the colour and passion exhibited by the fans, as captured by some of the best photographers in the world. "Team galleries" and "Match galleries" are packed with a combination of thrilling action shots and more reflective images of your favourite stars.

To display the Photos area, simply follow the ‘Festival of Champions in Photos’ link in the right-hand menu. Happy viewing!