Sao Paulo, Brazil
By Eddie Keogh
Former Liverpool F.C. manager Bill Shankly once said: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”
I think that he may have learnt that in Brazil.
I am covering the 2014 World Cup, and to capture the action, I usually sit by the side of the pitch.
But on June 28, when Brazil went head-to-head with Chile for a place in the quarterfinals, my project was to document what this tournament means to ordinary Brazilians, who in most cases can only dream of getting a ticket to see an actual World Cup match.
The next best thing is to meet with friends and family or get to the nearest bar with a television. So I spent the 90 minutes of the game going on my own bar crawl (without the alcohol) to photograph Brazilian fans dreaming of glory.
The feelings of fear, joy, hope and despair were no different here in a Sao Paulo bar to the emotions being felt on a bench in Belo Horizonte, where Brazil were actually playing.