The Semi-Finals

Offside’s Simon Stacpoole recounts his experiences in Brazil during the semi-finals.

Simon Stacpoole | Photographer

The day after Germany put France to the sword, I enjoyed some down time away from the touchline. Logistically, I was unable to reach a second Quarter Final, so was left to enjoy proceedings from the far more relaxed environment of Barra de Tijuca.

The day started on a positive note when I was informed I’d got the front page of the prestigious L’Equipe newspaper in France with a picture of the dejected France players after their elimination the day before…

My image on the front page of L'Equipe for day after France's exit My image on the front page of L’Equipe for day after France’s exit

One of the largest front pages you can get, this really did put a smile on my face. They had a number of staff photographers as well as contracted agencies and other contributors in attendance at the game, so to get ahead of the lot of them for the lead picture was a real result.

Later…

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Author: gregianjohnson

Football writer for The Blizzard, FourFourTwo, The Mirror, Squawka and VICE amongst others. Follow me on Twitter at @gregianjohnson.

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