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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is off to an exciting start, highlighted by Team USA's win over Ghana on Monday. At least if you're an American.

For the world's biggest sporting event, footwear brands are making a splash by lacing up their respective star soccer athletes in top-of-the-line, eye-catching cleats. Nike's ultra-bright Magista, adidas' graphic driven 'Battle Pack' and PUMA's mismatched evoSpeed are just a few of the styles that have left their mark on this year's tournament.

Scroll through a gallery of cleat close-ups from the early days of the group stage below.

Sole Watch: Up Close with the Custom Cleats of the World Cup (1)

Clint Dempsey -- Nike Hypervenom

 

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Kyle Beckerman -- Nike Tiempo Legend V

 

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Jermaine Jones -- Nike CTR 360 Maestri III

 

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Neymar -- Nike Hypervenom

 

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Hulk -- Mizuno Morelia Neo MD

 

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Oscar -- adidas Predator Instinct

 

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Victor -- adidas NitroCharge

 

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Mexico

 

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Mexico -- PUMA evoSpeed 1.2

 

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Mexico

 

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Mexico

 

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Mexico

 

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Ecuador

 

Sole Watch: Up Close with the Custom Cleats of the World Cup (13)

Ecuador

 

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Ecuador

 

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Germany -- adidas F50 adizero

 

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Portugal

 

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Belgium

 

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Brazil

 

Sole Watch: Up Close with the Custom Cleats of the World Cup (20)

Uruguay

 

Sole Watch: Up Close with the Custom Cleats of the World Cup (21)

Switzerland