cover image by Gustavo Jardim

André Neves Andrade Written by André Neves Andrade (@andre_n_andrade)

Mine, yours, our PA-CA-EM-BU!

This phrase is said from quite some time in the loudspeakers of the Municipal Stadium Paulo Machado de Carvalho.

Listening to it live and on-site is very good.

Especially when you are from the city of São Paulo, when the match if from your team and when you are nostalgic.

So I felt during my first photowalk organized by Click a Pé, on April 21.


We're back to being a kid when we do what we like!
We’re back to being a kid when we do what we like!

It was not my first time in the stadium nor in the Football Museum, but it was special to me for some reasons:

  1. It was the first time that I explored those two places with the look of a photographer and not only as a fan, which gave me new angles, new opportunities, and new emotions;
  2. I was surrounded by friends and, by observing them, I was able to learn and evolve even more in this art that is to photograph;
  3. We are in World Cup year and it motivates me a lot.

Well, I’ll try to summarize my story and my emotional connection with the city and this sport.

I was born in the east of São Paulo and spent my early childhood in Tatuapé. Until I was 7 years old, I went to Parque São Jorge a lot to practice sports like swimming, judo, and soccer.

But I had never seen a match in any stadium.



Leaving!
Leaving!

I only attended a Corinthians football match in São Paulo in 2005, because in 1988 I moved to a smaller city with my family, which made it difficult to me to attend a match in Pacaembu, the “home stadium” of my team.

In Campinas region, I grew up together with the dream of being a football player, in my case, a goalkeeper, because of my above average height for my age and also because of my thin body, which left me worried about contact, shocks, and injuries.

I played a lot. For a long time. And very well.


Photography by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/fehfscardoso/" title="Fernanda Cardoso" target="_blank">Fernanda Cardoso</a>. Whistle the referee! Regardless of the result, defeat or victory, kneel and thank God for learning.
Photography by Fernanda Cardoso. Whistle the referee! Regardless of the result, defeat or victory, kneel and thank God for learning.

But not professionally, because my parents wanted me to study and choose another career.

My dedication and love for soccer were so great that in a move I ended up getting scarred for the rest of my life. A 50/50 ball with a striker, a kick in my right hand, a fracture, two surgeries, two pins, scars and a small sequel that limits me in a few moves.

So what was the emotion on the day of the photowalk in Pacaembu if I have been in so many stadiums from 2005 till today?


Then I turned to the right side and could not stand the emotion. After touching the grass, for a few seconds, I closed my eyes and imagined myself walking towards the goal as the fans shouted my name. I dreamed big when I was little. And when I was big I realized the little dream. Walking through the tunnel where my soccer idols of our country have walked, from the soccer roots. I haven't gone to the goal to play, but I did half the way with my feet and the other half with my eyes.
Then I turned to the right side and could not stand the emotion. After touching the grass, for a few seconds, I closed my eyes and imagined myself walking towards the goal as the fans shouted my name. I dreamed big when I was little. And when I was big I realized the little dream. Walking through the tunnel where my soccer idols of our country have walked, from the soccer roots. I haven’t gone to the goal to play, but I did half the way with my feet and the other half with my eyes.

Thanks to this event, I was able to realize a childhood dream: walk through the old tunnel of the stadium. The same place where my idols of the past walked, whose names I listened to on the radio at that time.

Can you imagine what it was like to photograph after all of this?


Happiness Football Club (view from the exit of the old tunnel) \o/
Happiness Football Club (view from the exit of the old tunnel) \o/