Argentina's fourth penalty is stopped by the German goalie


Football! It's a religion of it's own. True fans most probably have a whole different set of chemicals that flow in their brains which are no where to be found in anyone who is not a fan of football. Like they say, "Every four years, a ball does the impossible."


The bar had an energy that was (proportionally) equal to that of a packed stadium. Chants of Ole, Ole, Ole! and Ar-GEN-TINA! were defeaning but very amusing to sing along with. Not being from Argentina, I can NEVER connect with these people emotionally but I can semi-understand their super-hyper-excitement as I'm the same way watching my countrymen play cricket. The end of the quarter, semi or full Final games will make these fans cry regardless of what the outcome is, they could be happy or sad tears...


Most of the more-exciting emotive frames were captured on my 35mm film camera, so you'll have to wait till I develop the rolls on Monday. Stand by...


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  • David M* 9y

    Fantastic Capture.
    Tough not watching the game eh!
  • Timothy Vogel 9y

    Excellent excellent pic. I was the only (German) guy in a large crowd that stood up and whooped when the 4th shot was blocked. It was a bit uncomfortable.
  • thevoiceoffootball 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Voice of Football, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • probek 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Pitch Invasion, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Mario & Amanda 6y

    Hi Ali, thanks for making your photo CC ! We liked it so much we used it in one of our episodes, you can check it out here:

    Thanks again and keep up the good work!
  • Moazzam Brohi 6y

    oh great! Thanks for posting this to let me know :)
  • 5y

    Beautfiul picture! I used it on, linking it back here. Also added a caption. Please let me know if you have any concerns about its use or attribution.

  • N Mandis 5y

    Hello Ali,

    Just wanted to let you know that I used this great photo for my most recent blog post at Thank you for sharing.
  • farusa 5y

    Ali - we used your photo on our Blog and hope you are all right with that... Credit is given to your Flickr Page.
  • Canadapt 5y

    Fantastic .... captures all the angst of the game in one image!
  • Marcel van Hilten 3y

    lightning shot.....
  • vikavillanueva 3y

    That's ME! My friend told me that my pictures were used in a bunch of papers and blogs... I didn't even know anyone took my picture. Now I've been asked for the articles and I'm not sure where they are anymore. I only read the ones forwarded to me before. You gave me 15 mins of fame. ha. Not exactly the best minutes of my life but... you definitely captured the moment! :)
  • Moazzam Brohi 3y

    Haha! Nice to meet you (again)... Actually a lot of people have requested images from this series for blogs and newspaper articles from all around the world. Matter of fact when I shot this photo, I was working on a school project and went to many different locations to photograph football fans during the world cup. I remember the day perfectly. You were my most photographed subject for this project (I think... if not, definitely in the top 3).
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