Valencia CFTOPhotos with history (IV): This is how we have told sports news in images
(We continue with the series ‘Photos with history’, in which we collect symbolic or special images of the recent history of Valencia together with the account of how they were taken and the reactions of the protagonists).
It isMay 2000and there are few days left forChampions League final in Paris, against Real Madrid.After a week doing pre-reporting for the final, I justwe have to do the interviewthe Valencia coach.
Cperhe’s a guyI laughed. With that broken voice, it imposes respect talking to him. Hctor ispolite and respectful, but very serious. Also, he doesn’t like photos and we know it. So when you go out on the lawn of the sports city and see what you see,twist the gesture and say “no, not those things !!”
In the midfield of the current Antonio Puchades stadium we have placedan eiffel towerto pose with her. God has cost us and it helps to find one of that size.“A photo yes, but I don’t like those things”. It brakes dry. We swallow hard, the bad thing is thatwe imagined it.
After a few minutes of conversationwe try to convince you to agreeto pose. Hector is a good guy. He understands us and knows what this is about: it is a historical game. Suddenly it starts and starts walking towards the center of the field. We sigh.“I don’t want to do anything weird, huh?.. a photo and that’s it “he warns us as we walk carefully on the grass. A few minutes later, while we prepare the flashes -and a little more relaxed- he jokes“I don’t even want to touch her.”Laughter among those present, for the parallelism with thejinx that is attributed to touching a glassbefore playing the final: two frantic minutes and fifty shots later, we’re done.
When I get to the newsroom, I startedit photos. In one of the shots I see Hctor Cper sitting on the ball …touching the Eiffel Tower.
The rest is history.