Brazil 12 – 1 New Zealand

Yesterday, Olympic Women’s Football came to Newcastle so I went wandering around St James’ Park looking for tall attractive blonde women with the Swedish flag painted on their face – there were none to be had though and in fact I saw nobody that I wanted to photograph. In all honesty I was quite surprised at the lack of atmosphere … there was absolutely no passion on show at all.

Today, however, was entirely different – initially I chased after a bloke in the distance carrying a New Zealand flag but ultimately I changed my mind and didn’t approach him but this had carried me into the proximity of St James’ Park again and today there was a real buzz. Brazil v New Zealand – Olympic Men’s Football – and the Brazilians were up for this one!!! There was a real carnival atmosphere with loads of hooters, drums, Brazilian football shirts everywhere you looked (this is what was missing yesterday – I saw more Colombian shirts than Swedish or Canadian and the Colombians weren’t even playing).

There were leprechaun hats (well that’s what they looked like to me anyway), performance artists on stilts or juggling etc, flags, banners, and YES … there were one or two attractive women 😉 … this is the passion I had been looking for!!!

Ximena
Ximena, a photo by haggisandchips on Flickr.
Tuila
Tuila, a photo by haggisandchips on Flickr.

And New Zealand?  Well none of them agreed to be photographed and I was told on one occasion that what I was doing was “kinda creepy“. Ah well!

So 8 Brazilians and 0 Kiwis later the final prediction was inevitably a bit biased …

Brazil 12 – 1 New Zealand

… which perhaps flattered even Brazil, but I’m pretty sure they will be happy with the 3-0 they actually got.

Congratulations to my first couple of  strangers, Lucas and Helena that predicted the score correctly …

Lucas & Helena
Lucas & Helena, a photo by haggisandchips on Flickr.

… almost as positive as my 5-0 champion …

Eric
Eric, a photo by haggisandchips on Flickr.

… I especially loved his comment that it would be one goal for every World Cup Winners star emblazoned on his shirt !!!

About Ivor Potter

Ivor is a keen amateur photographer. Having completed a project called 100 Strangers, Ivor now finds himself spending much of his time approaching people going about their daily lives to photograph them and find out a little about what makes them tick.
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