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For my third match of the 2014 World Cup, I found myself back at the Arena Corinthians for a big matchup between England and Uruguay. After both teams lost their first game, this game essentially would be an elimination game for the unlucky loser. Lets get to the match!

While its actually winter in Brazil, the weather has been anything but that. Upper 80’s low 90’s have been the norm during my first  week in country. However, when I woke up this morning I was greeted by temps in the mid 50’s with chance of rain.

Brrrr!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority Here is a view of the city of Sao Paulo from the train ride on my way to the stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
Here is a view of the city of Sao Paulo from the train ride on my way to the stadium.

As the train I was riding to the stadium past the Arena Corinthians I would see a large crowd of fans waiting outside the gates.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority Fans wait outside the entrance to the Arena Corinthians prior to the match between Uruguay against England during the 2014 World Cup.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
Fans wait outside the entrance to the Arena Corinthians prior to the match between Uruguay against England during the 2014 World Cup.

Many sports in the USA have wild and crazy fans but they got NOTHING on the fans of soccer who treat it as a religion.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f5.6, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority A Uruguay fan reacts outside the stadium prior to the match against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f5.6, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
A Uruguay fan reacts outside the stadium prior to the match against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual An England fan with his face painted in the crowd against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual
An England fan with his face painted in the crowd against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Since I know basically nothing about soccer, before I shoot each match I always do a little research to see who are the big names.

The name that immediately came up as a must shoot player was Uruguay forward Luis Suarez. Hopefully he would have a good game…

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay fans in the grandstands hold a picture of forward Luis Suarez during the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay fans in the grandstands hold a picture of forward Luis Suarez during the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

A packed house of fans take in the match in the upper deck.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Fans in the grandstands during the match between Uruguay against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Fans in the grandstands during the match between Uruguay against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

There was a lot more photographers at the game than I was expecting.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Pitchside photographer line the field during the match between Uruguay against England.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Pitchside photographer line the field during the match between Uruguay against England.

Unlike the previous match between USA and Ghana where I shot in the end zone area behind the goal, for this game I would head onto the side of the field looking for some different shots.

Time for some game action!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay defender Diego Godin (3) leaps for the ball in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay defender Diego Godin (3) leaps for the ball in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez (7) controls the ball against England in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez (7) controls the ball against England in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual England defender Gary Cahill (5) heads the ball against Uruguay forward Luis Suarez during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
England defender Gary Cahill (5) heads the ball against Uruguay forward Luis Suarez during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Luis Suarez would live up to the hype as he scored a goal in the first half.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay forward Luis Suarez celebrates after a goal against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez celebrates after a goal against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

The spot was pretty good for some shots of players flying through the air.

Especially the below one.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 3200iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Pereira leaps to control the ball in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm w/1.4 converter (280mm), 3200iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Pereira leaps to control the ball in the first half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

On the England team the big name player was Wayne Rooney.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual England forward Wayne Rooney (10) reacts in the second half against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
England forward Wayne Rooney (10) reacts in the second half against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

In a scary moment, Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Pereira would take a knee to the head knocking him unconscious. In the below photo you can see teammates and the referee frantically waving for medics.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera (left) and referee Carlos Velasco Carballo frantically wave for medics as Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Pereira lays on the field unconscious after taking a knee to the head in the second half.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera (left) and referee Carlos Velasco Carballo frantically wave for medics as Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Pereira lays on the field unconscious after taking a knee to the head in the second half.

After a few minutes, Pereira would walk off the field. In a move that astounded me (and many others) he would come right back into the game. In the USA with the lawsuits and problems due to concussions, that would never happen.

Here are my favorite fan outfits so far!

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/640th, Manual England fans dressed up as a Buckingham Palace guard and the Queen of England in the second half against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/640th, Manual
England fans dressed up as a Buckingham Palace guard and the Queen of England in the second half against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual England midfielder Ross Barkley (right) battles for a header against Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Gonzalez during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
England midfielder Ross Barkley (right) battles for a header against Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Gonzalez during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Towards the end of the game, down a goal, England would get on the board thanks to star player Wayne Rooney.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual England defender Glen Johnson (2) celebrates an England goal in the second half against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
England defender Glen Johnson (2) celebrates an England goal in the second half against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Thats not Wayne Rooney in the photo above celebrating you may ask. Well I would be fooled on the play and didn’t know who scored the goal so I went to the first person I saw going crazy and started shooting.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual England defender Glen Johnson (left) celebrates an England goal with midfielder Jordan Henderson in the second half against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
England defender Glen Johnson (left) celebrates an England goal with midfielder Jordan Henderson in the second half against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

In baseball, football and basketball its very easy to know who scored the goal. They’re the one person going crazy. Not so in soccer where everyone on the team goes nuts.

With a tie score and only minutes remaining in the game it would be Luis Suarez once again playing the role of hero as he would score his second goal of the game.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (right) is congratulated by teammates after scoring his second goal of the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (right) is congratulated by teammates after scoring his second goal of the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

His coach was a happy man and rewarded his star player with an enthusiastic thumbs up!

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez (right) congratulates forward Luis Suarez following his second goal of the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez (right) congratulates forward Luis Suarez following his second goal of the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Wayne Rooney is not impressed.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual England forward Wayne Rooney (10) reacts in the second half against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
England forward Wayne Rooney (10) reacts in the second half against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Suarez would not be able to attempt a hat trick as he would end up falling to the field with a bad cramp in his leg.

In a good show of sportsmanship a competitor from England would attempt to help him eliminate the cramp.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual England defender Glen Johnson (2) helps stretch the leg of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) after an injury in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
England defender Glen Johnson (2) helps stretch the leg of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) after an injury in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

It would not work and Suarez would be stretchered off the pitch.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) is carried off the field after suffering an injury against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) is carried off the field after suffering an injury against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Uruguay goal keeper Fernando Muslera prevents England from tying the game with a airborne save.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera (1) makes a save in the second half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera (1) makes a save in the second half against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Check out the ball compressing around the head of England defender Gary Cahill!

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual England defender Gary Cahill (5) heads the ball above Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
England defender Gary Cahill (5) heads the ball above Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

As the final whistle blew Uruguay players would celebrate the victory they absolutely needed if they were to advance to the knockout stage of World Cup.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Uruguay players celebrate following the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Uruguay players celebrate following the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians.

The hero of the game would be hoisted in the air by happy Uruguay teammates.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) is lifted by his teammates as they celebrate following the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians. Uruguay defeated England 2-1.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) is lifted by his teammates as they celebrate following the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians. Uruguay defeated England 2-1.

Once again, Wayne Rooney is not impressed.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual England forward Wayne Rooney (10) reacts following the game against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians. Uruguay defeated England 2-1.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual
England forward Wayne Rooney (10) reacts following the game against Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians. Uruguay defeated England 2-1.

Alvaro Pereira seemed to be feeling good after being knocked out as he would be out on the field celebrating with all his teammates.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Pereira (6) celebrates with teammates following the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians. Uruguay defeated England 2-1.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual
Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Pereira (6) celebrates with teammates following the game against England during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians. Uruguay defeated England 2-1.

Next up for me is a flight to Manaus, a small city along the Amazon River for Team USA’s second game against Cristiano Ronaldo and powerhouse Portugal .

See you there!


 
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