FIFA Confederations Cup (Week 3)

DAY 14 Today began with an early flight out of Moscow, as we returned to Kazan for the first of the two semi-finals. Portugal had been paired with Chile in what promised to be a fiery encounter between two of the biggest names in the tournament. We landed at 10:30 and headed straight to the…

FIFA Confederations Cup (Week 2)

DAY 8 We celebrated the end of our first week in Russia with an early flight to Kazan, the last remaining city we’re yet to visit. A 6am check-out from the hotel in Moscow allowed us enough time to make the 06:30 AeroExpress train back to Sheremetyevo Airport. Another smooth Aeroflot check-in later and we…

FIFA Confederations Cup (Week 1)

Visa sorted, documents filed, lenses checked, cameras cleaned, bags packed. On Wednesday evening, I prepared to leave the house to join up with colleagues Matt & Robbie (and, later, Chris) ahead of my trip to Russia for this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup. Having covered a number of tournaments over the last few years, I’ve become…

“That’s A Barge, Ref!”

The fixtures produced by this year’s FA Cup Fourth Round draw oozed mediocrity, and as a result, I took it upon myself to go looking elsewhere for some Saturday afternoon inspiration. The freedom of thought afforded to photographers working with Offside meant I knew some outside thinking would be well-received. Back at the tail end of last year,…

2014 FIFA World Cup Final

Sunday 13th July 2014 – the day of the World Cup Final. A day that, for me, started at 4am – the time at which we caught a cab to the Estadio do Maracana for the last time this year. The teams involved in the match meant that us Brits would be placed in Priority…

The Semi-Finals

The day after Germany put France to the sword, I enjoyed some down time away from the touchline. Logistically, I was unable to reach a second Quarter Final, so was left to enjoy proceedings from the far more relaxed environment of Barra de Tijuca. The day started on a positive note when I was informed…

The Quarter-Finals

A 7am cab was the order of the day as we began our journey to the Maracana in Rio for the first of the Quarter Finals, between France and Germany. Our party was now 6-strong, so a couple of cars were required. Finding one with enough boot space to cater for our equipment continued to…

The Last 16

As the last round of games are played out in the Group stages, the 2nd Round fixtures begin to become apparent. You can try your best to predict these at the start of the tournament, but sport is sport, often surprising and almost entirely unpredictable. We guessed Brazil would top Group A, but had no…

France vs. Ecuador

We were bound to come unstuck at some point on our travels. Everything had gone remarkably smoothly so far, but we knew that, with every journey we booked, and every game that needed covering, the chances of something going wrong were only increasing. That moment came on our way back from Belo Horizonte. The road…

England’s Farewell

We arrived in Belo Horizonte just after 6am, after an eight-hour journey on the luxury Leito bus. It was our first trip between the two cities, so when we originally booked it, we decided a proper night’s sleep was in order; a journey without the interruptions and occasional discomfort associated with a conventional bus. The…

On The Road Again

With Belgium’s star line-up on show, this game was a gimme. Being played in our base city, in a great stadium to work in, everything made sense. Our morning started with a struggle to find a taxi near Joe’s. It was a Sunday…Brazilians don’t like to over-exert themselves at the best of times, so it…

Belo Horizonte

Moans and groans echoed around the inside of the bus as the driver switched the internal lights on at 8am, shortly before pulling into the main rodoviaria bus station in Belo Horizonte some eight hours after our departure from Sao Paulo. We had a hotel booked for the night, and were keen to freshen up…