A visual spectacle from behind the lines of Christian Gideon, the Copa America kicked off with a clash billed right from the very top drawer. This collection of images is another marker for football photography.

An aesthetic that brings you right in among the mix, this is a series of shots marvellously captured and styled all over. Beautified kits and the sweat fuelled portraits, it's not a scent you'd want to bottle but it's certainly a series of moments that travel. What's more for the football boot and kit appreciator, both the adidas Mercury Pack and the Nike Spark Brilliance Pack shine on pitch. Add to that the frustration in the eyes of Clint Dempsey as James Rodriguez steps up to take a penalty, it's a celebration of the finer details.

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Photography by Christian Gideon for SoccerBible