The 2014 World Cup is finally here, and most of the world is scheduled to be obsessive about score checking and checking out from work for the next month. That includes politicians. Here's a look at politicians around the globe who have gotten really, really excited about watching or playing soccer.
First, there are the politicians here at home.
Obama invited players from the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team to the White House in 2012 after they won the Major League Soccer championships. He looked pretty excited about it.
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Jimmy Carter also invited soccer players to the White House -- including Pele, who looked way more psyched to be in the White House than Carter did about meeting him.
(AP Photo/Peter Bregg)
President George H.W. Bush's athletic pursuits aren't limited to skydiving.
President George Bush kicks a soccer ball during a Great American Workout to open the National Fitness and Sports Month on the White House lawn in Washington, May 1, 1991. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
Secretary of State John Kerry got ready for the World Cup by practicing his soccer moves between plane trips. Even boring phone calls can be made better with sport.
Speaking of sport, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney also enjoys watching soccer. At least if one of his 20 grandchildren are playing.
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney watches his grandson play soccer in Belmont, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Also pictured are wife Ann Romney and son Tagg Romney. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and Tipper Gore sometimes hang out with soccer stars. Given how excited Tipper and Chelsea look, you can hardly tell that they are watching the State of the Union instead of a soccer match.
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, along with, from second from left, daughter Chelsea, Julie Foudy, co-captain of1999 U.S. Women's World Cup soccer team, and Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Gore, applaud prior to President Clinton's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill Thursday Jan. 27, 2000. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
The late Nelson Mandela loved soccer too.
(AP Photo/David Brauchli)
Israeli President Shimon Peres doesn't appear as fond of playing soccer. However, he is happy to watch Sharon Stone play.
American actress Sharon Stone dribbles a soccer ball as Israel politician and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres looks on during an event with Israeli and Palestinian children organized by the Peres Center For Peace in Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, March 8, 2006. Stone is on a visit to Israel sponsored by the Peres Center for Peace. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
And the president of Brazil was so excited about the World Cup coming to her country that she even agreed to take a selfie to celebrate.
Workers take mobile phone 'selfies' with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff during her visit to the Arena Sao Paulo Stadium in Sao Paulo May 8,2014. The stadium will host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.
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