When you cover as much soccer as we do in the UK and read countless stories in the papers about footballers only being in it for the money and ruining the “beautiful game”, which isn’t anyway the game it used to be….. it is refreshing when players do something which in some way redresses the balance.
Covering several soccer matches every week it can be easy to slip into a formula of action, goal and celebration pictures and while these images are our bread and butter, they are not the only ‘key moments’.
The two teams played a thrilling game resulting in a 1-1 draw with both team’s star players, Steven Gerrard of Liverpool and Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal not only scoring the goals but also driving their their sides through the fixture.
Our photographer at the match, Darren Staples, will have been deeply frustrated that both goals were scored at the end furthest from him, but for me he nailed the key image from the match – the moment when the final whistle blew and Gerrard and Fabrigas shook hands and embraced in a gesture of sportsmanship and mutual respect.
Not technically challenging maybe, but these two frames encapsulate the spirit of the game perfectly.