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The Week in Soccer

From around the globe, the best of the beautiful game (May 7—13, 2018).

It's the most popular sport on the planet, and might be the best-looking, too. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to spend any amount of time watching soccer (or football — happy now?) and not be struck by the visual drama that defines every match. Vivid colors, intense emotion, temperamental weather, mesmerizing movement — the appeal is endless. Here, the pictures do the talking...

BEER BATH Matthias Hangst/Bundesliga/DFL via Getty Images BEER BATH Robert Lewandowksi gets a proper Munich celebration after FC Bayern's final match of their 2017/18 Bundesliga championship season. BARKING MAD Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images BARKING MAD Riot police secure the pitch during a scary scene at Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, Germany. Frustrated fans threw flares onto the field in reaction to Hamburger SV's impending relegation from the Bundesliga. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN BOOT Michael Regan/Getty Images THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN BOOT Mohamed Salah enjoys his new hardware after Liverpool's Premier League season finale. The Egyptian striker took home the Golden Boot Award in his dominant debut season. STEP FOR STEP Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images STEP FOR STEP Arsenal goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal sends teammate Leah Williamson and Man City's Jane Ross flying in the Gunners' 2-1 Women's Super League victory. FIND THE GAP Stu Forster/Getty Images FIND THE GAP Jonjo Shelvey fires a free kick into a wall of Tottenham defenders in Newcastle United's 1-0 loss to the Spurs at Wembley Stadium in London. CLOUD COVER Naomi Baker/Getty Images CLOUD COVER A bold sky blankets Charlton Athletic and Shrewsbury Town's Sky Bet League One semi-final first leg match at The Valley in London. SPLASH DOWN JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP/Getty Images SPLASH DOWN Independiente Medellin's Juan Fernando Caicedo (top) and Sol de America's Gustavo Velazquez clash on a drenched pitch in a Copa Sudamericana match at Atanasio Girardot stadium in Medellin. FAREWELL ARSENE Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images FAREWELL ARSENE Arsenal's long-time manager gets a salute from the fans before the final game of his legendary 22-year career. MAN, OH MAN! Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images MAN, OH MAN! It was party time at the Etihad after Manchester City officially claimed the 2017/18 Premier League title. KANE IS ABLE Julian Finney/Getty Images KANE IS ABLE The Spurs' striker puts home the game's lone goal to beat Newcastle United 1-0 and secure Tottenham's top-four finish in the Premier League standings. TRUCO DE SOMBRERO Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images TRUCO DE SOMBRERO Toluca striker Fernando Uribe soars after scoring the first of his three goals in a 4-1 win over Tijuana Clausura in Mexico. HOUSE PARTY Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images HOUSE PARTY Since Boca Juniors fans couldn't attend their team's Argentina Superliga away match against Gimnasia (no away fans are allowed in Argentina soccer stadiums), they decided to celebrate on their own turf.