Most times my eyes are just simply brown, because I’m full of **** , but after the course of this last weekend, they’ve also taken on a shape…rectangular. With the World Cup now in full gear, my televisions had a good workout…unlike myself watching it! lol
Football, or ‘soccer’ as we call it here in the States, is continually growing in popularity…but there’s no doubt we’re still behind the rest of the world. Our four major sports of American football, baseball, basketball and hockey garner a majority of the attention…but we’re coming around, slowly but surely. I can’t profess to follow the beautiful game in detail, but I absolutely love the Eurocup and World Cup tournaments. Needless to say, my DVR will be recording every match…and in this day and age of instant information, it’s already been quite difficult NOT to see or hear of the scores before I even return home from work to watch the games!?
With the tournament on the brain right now, this picture came to mind. This shot was taken at the base of the Eiffel Tower, and although I was wrapped up with taking pictures of the tower itself, I couldn’t pass up this group of colorful fans…or should I say “jesters?” I’m not sure who they were supporting, as our caped crusaders country flag doesn’t appear to be in line with the club jersey he’s wearing…but then again, I’m a novice in the football world and don’t really know for sure??
Best of luck to all, and a personal touch for my fellow countrymen in their upcoming matches. And how about that last second goal by the Swiss today…wow! Game on!
Thanks for stopping by.
Critiques | Translate
Nicou (118192) 2014-06-15 21:54
très très belle scène de circonstance quelle iamge et compo de ces supporter avec leurs beaux maillots colorés.
Bravo et amitié
daddo (23106) 2014-06-15 22:02
Hi Jason. One thing is for sure, for every fan that grieves and swears, there is one from the opposing camp that celebrates and hollers. Such was the case between Brazil and Croatia (badly done by by the referee)and just today Argentina and Bosnia (own goal that was fortuitous for the South Americans). As for Australia's penalty, let's not even begin to contemplate what the referee did or didn't see. A time for great goals and stunning games, but also for despair and persecution complexes.Maybe we should all take it less seriously (but then for some it's akin to religion), like your chaps in the photo.Regards. Klaudio.
ikeharel (54229) 2014-06-15 22:10
Nice added a photo to the contemporary subject, Jason.
Those guys put on colorful outfits, to express their support for the Irish team.
Vivid colors and joli ambiance - well conveyed through this photo.
Have a nice new week,
COSTANTINO (52862) 2014-06-15 22:18
Hello my dear friend
thanks for sharing with us this football
scenery from the world Cup
impressive capture describing thw
vivid colors and nice atmosphere
have a nice time
jemaflor (82128) 2014-06-15 23:26
well framed these people, coloured shot and good management for exposure, tfs.
emka (75143) 2014-06-15 23:29
I am not interested in football and also my husband and son do not like it eather, so my TV is quite silent these days. I wondered why is the atmosphere on TE so lazy these days nad maybe it is an answer - World Cup. Funny photo of the football fans. I saw many of them during Euro 2012 in Warsaw, it was amusing time.
WArm regrads MAlgo
timecapturer (46547) 2014-06-16 3:32
Get with the beat baggy - not sure why it has taken the USA so long to get into after all what is a real World Series! ;-P Nevertheless glad that it is beginning to attract a following over there, perhaps Mr Beckham has had something to do with its growing popularity. Phoenix FC has had limited exposure and is perhaps one of the lesser known sides here in the UK. Did they not trial you for a place in Goal!?
I am enjoying the games, but my interest will wane a little if England fail to make the next round, which is looking likely.
Have to admit I never dress up like this to go to matches, but it is something that has become all the more popular as a result if international games and their exposure on TV. Nice shot (pun intended) - full of the colour, spectacle, dedication and character that this type of event encourages.
Judging by the comments already made here, the refereeing is, as always, prompting a lot of discussion. Almost as much as the goings on at FIFA and the "beloved" Mr Set Blatter!!!!
jhm (136728) 2014-06-16 4:16
Football maybe not the greatest sport in Amerika, but in Europe is this the sport above everything.
I am more a cyclist fan, tomorrow evening see we what our national team can do in Brasilia
A lovely composition, nice presentation with the fans in nice clothing.
Very well done, TFS.
mirosu (12754) 2014-06-16 5:00
Nice snapshot of Italian soccer supporters. I do not know the date when you have taken this photo, but I guess this was before or after of Europa league match in Paris.
It is interesting to read the comments to this nice photo. By not watching the WC matches, people missing lot of action, as we could already see during past few days. Of course yesterday's Switzerland-Ecuador match was big drama, lot of joy for one side and lot of sadness for other side all within few seconds. Ecuador missed great opportunity 25 second before end and have been punished for it 10 seconds before end.
I wish to correct John statement, soccer is not most popular in US & Canada but it is very popular in America, because Central and South America is also America, agree??
And also some comment to your comment to my photo. You are right, you can find many of such bridges in Switzerland. Switzerland is mountainous country and very large part of road and railways work consists of bridges and tunnels. Many modern bridges and tunnels but also may old, like that in my photo.
Wish you a great week ahead.
Sergiom (56635) 2014-06-16 5:26
J'ai beaucoup de difficulté à m'asseoir et regarder un match de la coupe du monde de soccer. Je déteste le fake, quand les jours font semblant d'être blessés et se tordent de douleur après avoir été touché par le déplacement d'un mouchoir. Je préfère et de loin le football américain.Ici, le cadrage vertical exprime bien la folie qui entoure l’événement.
SnapRJW (30115) 2014-06-16 8:00
Hi Jason - A fitting post to accompany the mania that accompanies the World Cup. Funny, I notice that my husband's eyes have also taken in that rectangular shape. Never will you hear such shouting, cursing and criticism as you will in my home. The flag is Italian but I cannot say who the strip belongs to.
A colourful DL shot.
Didi (55567) 2014-06-16 9:14
Interesting subject and nice colored scene
In what occasion you took this picture ?
macjake (54124) 2014-06-16 10:39
well, I have to say that I'm certainly NOT a soccer fan. Growing up in Canada we have Hockey in our blood, and more importantly the CULTURE of hockey.
In hockey, if you get your teeth knocked out during a game, you just pick up your chicklets off the ice and keep playing. That's the culture of hockey every Canadian takes to the ice.
In soccer, the players fall down and cry like babies when they get touched. The most classic one I watched on youtube was a player who got kicked in the groin, but then fell to the ground in 'agony' covering his face, trying to show the ref he has some sort of head injury...oh my god! seriously...and this happens every game...dozens of times...
its too bad because soccer players are superb athletes, so fit, so skilled, so talented. Its too bad that the CULTURE of the game is so sad. I honestly believe that's why it hasn't gained attention in Canada.
but that's just my opinion...did it come across strongly enough? haha
but this photo really does show the passion that Europeans have for football. I'm not sure if I'd go out with all these colors on me lol
see you around
fritzi007 (3489) 2014-06-16 12:11
fans are going crazy, I like hockey, it's faster, harder, and it's longer allowed, even fight. Your photo pleases me very much, well done!
Wish you a good time (before TV)
ourania (28400) 2014-06-16 12:44
this is an effective tight composition, presenting us a group of travelling football fans, a scene we are very used to encounter in Europe. I like the camaraderie and closeness of this little group of friends that probably stick together and share every moment of their visit to the rival's home. I don't know which team they support but they bear the colours of the "eternal rival" of my team in Greece. Although this sight is not very pleasant to me, I'm used to it as the "eternal rival" is very popular and their colours are, admittedly, photogenic. You helped them make a statement with your picture, they stand out superbly in terms of clarity and, well, colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Noel_Byrne (22128) 2014-06-16 13:05
You would have to wonder who was the first person who walked past an embassy, lookined up at the flag and thought "that would make a nice cape" I guess it's a wondful way of combining patriotism and crim fighting abilities, and I think batman should be taken to task on this! Haha, it's s a good shot, it captures the festive mood of the festival which is a welcome break for me, as all the news seems to focus on is the human scandal that is going on behind the gloss. I realise that's important to see too, but sometimes it's nice to just enjoy a happy joyous moment. Nicely captured.
All the best
fabianoleite (9373) 2014-06-16 15:59
Nive view of the fans of soccer. By the way, congratulations on the fastest goal in this World Cup so far. Good luck in the rest of the match and in the rest of the Cup. I really hope your fellow American friends enjoy your stay here in Brazil. Despite our many problems, I think we can provide a warm welcome to the world. And congratulations on the picture.
delpeoples (52783) 2014-06-16 22:03
Gidday dear Vulgarian
Well that looks like an Irish tricolour to me, worn by a Dutch?? Supporter? Eclectic and ve much in the spirit of things. I'm enjoying the Cup a lot, the no early rising and late nights because of the time difference are always fun for us in the Southern Hemisphere who love Northern Hemisphere sporting events. I like the colour and chaos here. What a great time to be travelling anywhere!
Cheers and best wishes for team USA - the Green & gold not doing so well :(
omid266 (3653) 2014-06-16 22:47
Salam , Hi Jason,
Dear my friend,
** Congratulations for winning of US National Football team in last night!**
very suitable image you posted for this days,
very nice and informative,
All the BEST and Thanks!
** Football for PEACE and Friendship in the world,**
Best wishes for your Team in world cup,
lousat (73987) 2014-06-17 5:33
Hi Jason,it's nice to watch a pic caught during the World Cup 2006 win by Italy...eheeh....and it's nice to read your note and how you like soccer,the most important sport in Italy.We win the first and U.S. too this night,i hope a long walk in this cup to you and me...ehehe....have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO
nikkitta (13953) 2014-06-18 17:08
Just saw your comments in french, but also in Greek and German and now your interest about the World Cup, are you sure to be an american?
I am a fan of football every 4 years,like the ambiance where everybody shared same sentiments
And also like when people discover I am from Argentina, they got exited asking about Maradona, Messi
This happened for instance in China where in a supermarket an employee follow me saying ALL names of the selection, he did not speak Spanish or English
So yes, football is quite popular all over Africa and parts of Asia
Like and enjoy both, capture, note and comments, must this people be from Ireland
Very good post
The best to your team
Enjoy the 2-1
Plenty agree with Miro words about America
mcmtanyel (11631) 2014-06-20 18:53
Very colorful photo with a good application of selective focus. I just love it when the subjects are as sharp as a needle while the background is blurry.
worldcitizen (6655) 2014-06-23 13:43
Sorry I'm late to critique this photo. I made a mental note to do it a few days ago, and then things got crazy! Anyway...it's a fun and colorful shot that's perfect for the mood during the World Cup. I'm not a big soccer fan, but I like the World Cup, and I did see the heartbreaking end to yesterday's USA vs. Portugal match. Let's hope for the best when they face Germany!