Apr 2, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Detailed view of the Nike shoes worn by USA goalie Nick Rimando as he stands on a soccer ball against Mexico during a friendly match at University of Phoenix Stadium. The game ended in a 2-2 tie. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Pixelized World Cup bracket 2014

The 2014 World Cup kicks off on Thursday, and it is a unique tournament style that can be somewhat confusing to Americans or casual fans. We’re so used to sports tournaments being elimination-based right away, where as the World Cup has a group play round first.

Two teams from each group advance to the knock out rounds starting with the round of 16. Despite there being group play, it doesn’t mean you still can’t have incredibly awesome brackets like you would for other sports like the NCAA tournaments.

We’ve already seen one version from the folks over at Dash Hudson. Now the folks over at the Pixel Premier League Twitter account have come up with a creative and original version of the bracket based on, that’s right you guessed it… pixels.

An incredibly creative way to take something that is so routine and common and make it different and stand out. There are a lot of details about it that I like, for instance that the background is a soccer field. The midfield circle perfectly encompasses the final game and trophy so well you don’t even realize that it is part of the field design.

It can also help you visualize your favorite team’s path to glory.

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