I haven’t had the time to watch all the games from the European Championship in France this year, but I did manage to watch a couple of them. There were some nice moments I would have liked photographing: the reactions of the French and Portuguese players after the final, Italy’s and Portugal’s penalty session, Icelanders’ attitude when they left the competition.
At these tournaments, it becomes even more obvious that football today really provides us with so many hard to forget moments. Only those who truly care about this sport can understand. My personal favorite teams and the ones I would have liked to see in the final were Italy or Germany. Unfortunately, these two teams are followed by bad luck at the European Championship lately.
Honestly, I believe football encompasses a wide range of emotions and human behaviors that go beyond the sphere of what sport usually brings with it. I believe everybody has seen at least one article on social media about the Irish fans repairing cars and singing serenades or other songs on the streets, in the tram or on the train. They really gave an example of how football
can bring the best in all of us and how this phenomenon has ceased to be just a sport a long time ago. I won’t deny that football can be associated with less positive events such as excessive drinking and violence, like the Russians supporters have proven in Marseille, but, in the end, that also depends on our general attitude towards life and how we face defeat and failure. Overall, I believe the positive effect prevails over any other when we’re talking about football.
If I were to choose a couple of photos that I would have loved to have taken during Euro 2016, I could name a few: Irish fans would be in some of them, the Icelanders performing their war dance, the Portuguese bench (with Cristiano Ronaldo dancing like a lion in a cage) during the final, that Irish fan in a mass of Swedish supporters or that Portuguese fan supporting a French fan after the final. However, capturing the players’ expressions during a match, after they won or lost, their joyful gestures, or their anger, a goalkeeper stretching to defend an impossible ball would have been the main goal for me. These are all proof of how people can surpass their limitations, give their best for the team and for those who appreciate and support them. I couldn’t be there this year, but I’m definitely going to the World Cup in 2018 to capture the best moments there.