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Go Sporting!

18 May 2005

Day two of the fixed focal length challenge, and I have decided that I will stick with my own self-imposed rules. So, here is my second image taken with the Carl Zeiss 135mm M42 lens, and once again the only post-processing has been to convert it to a 72ppi JPG and add the numbers and signature. Otherwise, it is as the memory card stored it. Now, lest my Portuguese friends get upset with me, there are two good reasons why my Portuguese team is Sporting Lisbon. The first is fairly straightforward: they wear the same colours as Celtic - green and white hoops. The second reason is a bit more complex, but I will explain. As everyone ought to know, Celtic were the first British team, and so far the only Scottish team, to win the European Cup (now known as the Champions' League). Celtic achieved this away back in 1967 when we beat the mighty Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon's Estádio Nacional (the year before Man United became the second British team, and the first English team to win the European Cup when they beat Benfica 4-1 in 1968). Anyway, the Celtic team that played that day were all Scots - and they were all born within 30 miles of Celtic Park!. This most famous Celtic team of Simpson, Auld, Craig, McNeil, Lennox, Chalmers, Murdoch, Gemmell, Clark, Johnstone, and Wallace, are known as the Lisbon Lions. Now, the connection with Sporting Lisbon? Well, Sporting's nickname is 'Os Leões', which is Portuguese for 'The Lions'! So, my number one team is Celtic, home of the 'Lisbon Lions', while my number one Portuguese team is Sporting, home of the 'Lions of Lisbon'. So there you have it! Tonight Sporting take on the might of CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Cup final. As luck would have it, Sporting are playing in their home stadium, the José Alvalade XXI, which is within walking distance of my office. So... what more can I say, but Força os Leões!!!

Last year I was reading about Portugal

Nikon D70 ,Carl Zeiss Jena f/3.5 135mm
1/20s f/5.6 at 135.0mm iso200 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Luís Pereira20-Oct-2005 08:56
BEAUTIFUL picture, Stu!
Dominic Kite19-May-2005 12:32
I was once told a story that there's a significant Scot's population in Lisbon due to the fact a lot of Celtic fans went over for that game and either couldn't afford the fare home (probably the R*****s version), or liked it so much they decided to stay? Great shot Stu - love the texture you've caught in the fabric, makes it jump off the screen at you.
Chris Sofopoulos19-May-2005 11:38
Nice texture and detail.
Pedro Libório19-May-2005 11:01
well my friend is really fantastic!!!!
to bad for Sporting indeed ...but it was quite a nice season to them...a final is always a final.
P.S. yes the expositions will be here, so we will come to visit them if you want!!!
Guest 19-May-2005 10:33
Abramovich strikes again! :-(
Stu19-May-2005 09:43
Joe, indeed it wasn't - at least it wasn't during the second half!
Elaine (etfitz)19-May-2005 03:03
Wonderful detail!
Karen Leaf19-May-2005 03:01
Good shot Stu. Wish I could do half so well out of camera.
Guest 18-May-2005 23:34
Hmmm the forca wasn't with them tonight. Sad :(
Robin Reid18-May-2005 21:44
Very sharp and a nice tight image.
Zak18-May-2005 20:43
Sporting good shot!
laine8218-May-2005 19:48
On the button, Stu.
Guest 18-May-2005 18:25
Well done Stu !
JeremyGood18-May-2005 16:29
Nice light in this photo. Thanks for the commentary as well.
Gayle P. Clement18-May-2005 16:29
Very nice detail and very interesting information.
markvm18-May-2005 16:24
Nice detail, Stewart..and thanks for the info!