jane stockdale documents the agony and ecstasy at the 2014 world cup in brazil
 
jane stockdale documents the agony and ecstasy at the 2014 world cup in brazil
jul 22, 2014

jane stockdale documents the agony and ecstasy at the 2014 world cup in brazil

photographer jane stockdale documents the crowds at the 2014 world cup in brazil
all images courtesy jane stockdale

 

 

 

the 2014 FIFA world cup in brazil was a tournament unlike any other, where half the earth’s population witnessed the host country live out a sporting nightmare, and where three previous world champions – italy, spain and england – were eliminated in the first round. what was it like to follow the action in brazil? from a farm to the favelas, beaches in rio to the FIFA fan fests – ‘watching the world cup‘, the photo essay by scottish photographer jane stockdale, writer damian platt and creative studio enjoythis documents the story of brazilians and fans from all over the world as they live the agony and ecstasy of the quadrennial sporting event.

photographer jane stockdale documents the crowds at the 2014 world cup in brazil

an estimated 600,000 foreign fans arrive in brazil to join locals at fifa fanfests around the country

 

 

‘brazil is synonymous with football. even so, no one knew what to expect. massive street protests during last year’s confederations cup revealed frustration with stadium spending and a deep-rooted desire for change in the country’, said damian platt. ”this year, the authorities braced themselves for more. but when football fans from all over the world arrived, brazilians threw away their troubles and set about hosting one of the happiest, most exciting world cups ever.’

photographer jane stockdale documents the crowds at the 2014 world cup in brazil

joris from costa rica watches the round of 16 with his dad in the FIFA fest

 

 

costa rica vs greece
100 minutes
fifa fan fest, rio de janeiro

photographer jane stockdale documents the crowds at the 2014 world cup in brazil

the excitement of watching brazil play is all too much for one fan. he woke up when brazil scored

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kids everywhere wear the number 10 shirt of national hero neymar

 

 

‘away from the zona sul neighbourhood and its famous beaches, security means something else for the residents of the enormous complexo do alemão favela,’ says platt. ‘like maré, alemão is home to more than 100,000 cariocas. armed violence has blighted their lives for decades, and despite extensive investment, a police ‘pacification’ programme and a bizarre cable car project, which has turned the community into a tourist attraction, 2014 has been a violent, troubled year.’

photographer jane stockdale documents the crowds at the 2014 world cup in brazil

a mexican television channel films the reaction of mexicans fans as they celebrate victory over croatia live on TV

 

 

mexico vs croatia
94 minutes
copacabana 

photographer jane stockdale documents the crowds at the 2014 world cup in brazil

a girl reacts as the USA miss an opportunity to score against ghana at the FIFA fan fest in são paulo

 

 

USA vs ghana
39 minutes
FIFA fan fest, são paulo

photographer jane stockdale documents the crowds at the 2014 world cup in brazil
farm hand joão half-watches the match at his local in martinesia, a small rural town in minas gerais

 

 

USA vs belgium
76 minutes
martinesia

photographer jane stockdale documents the crowds at the 2014 world cup in brazil

the beach erupts in celebrations as argentina win the penalty shoot-out

 

 

argentina vs holland
120 minutes
copacabana beach

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dona zefa watches the match in stunned silence outside her house. she’s seen brazil win the world cup 5 times

 

 

brazil vs germany
70 minutes
complexo do alemão

 

 

‘watching brazil’s impossible astral inferno defeat was surreal,’ adds platt. ‘at 5-0 everyone sits in shock. no one can believe what’s happening. at 6-0 someone orders another round of drinks. by 7-0 everyone is hugging, jumping and cheering on germany. the speakers are set and rua 2 erupts into a massive baile funk that lasts all night. it feels like the entire community of alemão are out to celebrate. despite brazil’s crushing defeat the party carries on.’

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the moment germany score against argentina

 

 

argentina vs germany
113 minutes
copacabana

 

 

to see the rest of the photo essay, see here.

 

 

[h/t] it’s nice that

  • U! S! A! will raise the Jules Rimet Cup in 2018 Russia. That will be a global celebration the magnitude of it is unprecedented. Fingers crossed.

    nelsondreyes architect
  • Marvelous work. I am usually in a hurry to get through reading materials and I could not stop once I went to the balance of the photo essay.
    I felt like I had been there.
    Thank you so very much!

    Ron Smith

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