August 6, 2010
Real Madrid defeats Club America 3-2 at Candlestick
Had a chance to photograph Real Madrid vs Club America on Wednesday at Candlestick Park. Real Madrid was voted by FIFA as the most successful club of the 20th century. They have super stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Sergio Ramos, and Iker Casillas. And Club America (along with Chivas) is one of the most successful teams in Mexico, with their super stars Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa and Pavel Pardo.
Unfortunately, coming off of World Cup, Kaka, Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas didn't show. But Cristiano Ronaldo was still there. Though I'm not like 99% of other girls who are absolutely in love with him and his Armani ad, I must admit, I was excited to witness him play.
And he didn't disappoint. He scored in the 82nd minute on one of his famous free kicks, to have Real Madrid win 3-2, he played well into the second half, and he was smiley for the starting eleven photos. So he's alright by my book!
I was photographing Real Madrid offense both halves because they are the bigger club. This also meant, for the first half, I was also on the same side as one of my favorite players, Club America's goal keeper, Memo Ochoa. He didn't get to play a minute of World Cup and I was worried that he wouldn't be starting keeper for this match, but he played the first half. Real Madrid scored on him though, pobrecito :-(
The backup goal keeper for Club America, Armando Navarrete reps the long hair look too... but he also went for the Tony the Tiger look. Since Memo already has the Powerade, adidas, Allstate, Coca-Cola, and all other sponsors, maybe he's hoping for Frosted Flakes!
One of the interesting things with international soccer that I feel isn't as common in MLS, the managers aka head coaches, are just as big of superstars as a lot of the players. Look at all the photographers surrounding Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid while he's just sitting there before the match starts!
On a funny side note. Cristiano Ronaldo, generally wears #9, but he was wearing #7 in this match. This would be no big deal, except the roster listed him as #9 and nobody was listed as #7. This would also be no big deal, except that Karim Benzema who was listed as #11 on the roster, was actually wearing the #9 jersey. So most people who follow soccer were able to know, ok, error on the roster. But after the game, one photographer, won't name any names, was like "I got a whole bunch of Ronaldo, but who was that #7 guy? He seemed to have a good game, I have a ton of shots of him!" We thought he was joking... then realized he wasn't. I'm not trying to knock him because Ronaldo was definitely the only guy on the roster I could spot, and that's probably more so because of his Armani ad and tabloid appearances but it provided some photographer humor =)
It's always awesome to watch international soccer, even if just a friendly, and hope more international friendlies can come to the bay area!
My photos officially up at ISIphotos.com or can view my full set at kelleylcox.zenfolio.com/action/international/2010/realmadridvclubamerica
And one more Memo shot...his hair is LOCO!