FIFA World Cup | The Dream Is Over

TUESDAY 10TH JULY  |  After a couple of days off that did me the world of good – time which would’ve been spent on the train, had that magical S7 flight not materialised – I was back in the mix. I kicked off the semi finals with a 7am train from Moscow to Saint Petersburg,…

FIFA World Cup | Dare To Dream

WEDNESDAY 4TH JULY  |  I got to bed at 3am, though the adrenaline running through my body wouldn’t subside; it was probably another half hour before I drifted off. I woke up at 11am, my phone buzzing away on the shiny wooden bedside table next to me. It was an email from Russian Trains, the…

FIFA World Cup | The Last 16

SATURDAY 30TH JUNE  |  My first match of the Last 16 knockout stage saw Uruguay take on Portugal in the southern resort of Adler, a town located just outside Sochi, some 1,600km south of the capital and just a stone’s throw from the Georgian border. After a relaxing day in Moscow, it was back to…

FIFA World Cup | Believe The Hype

WEDNESDAY 27TH JUNE  |  Chris had stumbled through the door to our hotel room at around 10am and slumped onto the bed. I was ready to get going…ships in the night, as I headed out no more than half an hour later. The Stadium Media Centres aren’t just a hive of activity on matchdays; they’re…

FIFA World Cup | The Long Slog

THURSDAY 21ST JUNE | I must’ve just dropped into the deep sleep stage when my alarm went off at 05:30, I found it impossible to drag myself out of bed. I felt rough…not like, Deeside Ramblers HC end-of-season do rough, but pretty rough. It wasn’t a hangover, I think my body had just had what…

FIFA World Cup | Week 1: Acclimatisation

THURSDAY 14TH JUNE | After a bowl of mandarin slices and couple of pancakes, we we met up with English colleague David before embarking on our journey across the city to the Luzhniki Stadium. After much deliberation over which station to alight from, we arrived shortly after midday, six hours ahead of kick-off; it was…

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…