I’ve been fortunate enough to attend two world cups. I highly recommend attending a World Cup if it is something that is of any interest to you. Although football is the centrepiece of the event, the beauty of the event really is the coming together of the world.
Thousands and thousands of fans from the qualified countries and from countries that didn’t qualify come to the host nation and you see everyone carrying their national flags and mixing with others. There are few events like it. Whether fierce competitors or not the human side of the world really shows itself as everyone appreciates everyone else.
Russia did a fantastic job of hosting the World Cup. I was not going to attend but a last minute change of heart took me to Russia for 7 unplanned memorable days. Seeing Russia was eye opening. While I didn’t get to spend enough time to really see more of the country the impression I was left with is far more positive than I had in mind. This is a common feeling. It also happened to me in 2014 when I went to Brazil and expected something that was totally different than reality.
My passion for sports, technology and my native country lead me to start a now defunct sports site in 1997. I have now added photography to that passion. Hence, below are my favorite photos from my time at Russia 2018.
If I had to pick one photo that I’d say was the photo of the tournament for me it would have to be this photo of this Iranian fan. It was a windy day in Kazan at the fan zone but the combination of his head gear and the flag with wind movements made it fantastic.
A great tournament has come to an end. The countdown begins to Qatar 2022. Thank you Russia.
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