2014 FIFA World Cup Final

Simon Stacpoole | Photographer

Sunday 13th July 2014 – the day of the World Cup Final. A day that, for me, started at 4am – the time at which we caught a cab to the Estadio do Maracana for the last time this year. The teams involved in the match meant that us Brits would be placed in Priority Group 3 – positioned beneath roughly 100 photographers on the list. An early start would give us the best chance possible of securing a decent position in the queue, and therefore a decent position in the Priority Group 3 queue, and therefore a decent chance of obtaining a preferable position pitchside for the game.

It was easy finding a taxi, possibly easier than usual. It was 4am on a Saturday night – one sniff of a nightclub and there’d be an abundance of them. We weren’t wrong. Within half an hour, we were negotiating with…

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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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