Hi there Indy Reds! Going to try out a new series to have here on the site: The Red Tardis
(Title could change, this is the best I could come up with, plus look at that picture below, it is pretty sweet)
This comes from one of our Indy Reds who has been featured on the Fan Focus: Bryan Smith. I’ll let him take it away and explain a little of what this series will be. I’m a big fan of it and I think you Indy Reds will love it too.
A big thank you to Nile for allowing me to post on the LFC Indy blog. The idea is this – a regular look at the past and present of the club we all love, but with a twist. One can find thousands of clips of famous goals, iconic images, or articles about a club as rich in history as Liverpool, but I want to go deeper than that, and have a little fun celebrating what it’s like to be an Indy Red. So where to begin?
No idea for exploring this magnificent football club could begin anywhere but in Istanbul, Turkey. The Ataturk Stadium, Champions League Final, 2005. Thousands of pieces of media about this match exist, but this one is unique. A fan was shooting video from his seat in the Liverpool end for what must have been the entire match. He or she (I believe it to be a he – the guy turns the camera onto himself and screams after Xabi Alonzo’s famous equalizer) edits together all the good bits and puts YOU and I into his seat in the Liverpool end that night. So then… “Istanbul – A New Perspective”.
The video is shot in about 200p (if there is such a thing) and is far from High Definition, but the passion shown by the supporters in the Liverpool end on this vid cannot be measured with words or numbers, you just have to climb into this guy’s seat for a few minutes and watch.
I’ll give him credit, our videographer includes a shot of the AC Milan tifo and a vid of their second goal, a simple right footed shot from inside the box by Hernan Crespo. The roar from the AC Milan end is quite something, but so was an unexpected , early 2-0 lead in a European Cup Final most pundits expected to be a low scoring affair. Then the unimaginable happens… the most remarkable 6 minutes of football ever played by a Liverpool side. Ask yourself this, would you have had your camera on, shooting video, down 3-0? Incredibly, our guy was rolling, and I love it. Up next is our first goal, a highly underrated, long distance, inch perfect header by Stevie G. The celebrations are of the “whew! We got one at least we can go home with that” variety and who can blame them. When Smicer’s shot found the corner two minutes later to make it 3-2, the travelling Kop explodes in delight drenching with the visual equivalent of “we can fucking do this!!!” The simultaneous joy and disbelief when Gerrard earns the penalty and Xabi Alonzo roofs the rebound of the missed PK just a couple of minutes later is memorable too, but I love the reaction to the second goal. Perhaps that is what supporting Liverpool is often about, not the destination or final result, but the way this team makes you feel during the journey, be it 45 minutes or an entire season. It’s an unbelievable scoreboard 3-3 in the 68th minute and a small piece of one of the greatest YNWA’s in history is heard. Jerzy Dudek then saves a Shevchenko penalty shootout effort to secure the cup for Liverpool, and everyone goes absolutely mental. No other video that I have ever seen captures so many moments of this match in this way, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do. I’ll be back someday soon with more, until then, Walk On… Bryan @BryanSTL
Pretty awesome right?! Very cool to see what it was like on that magical night in the crowd with fellow Reds. If you enjoyed this post Bryan has a few more that we will be posting. Comment on what you think.
As you know LFC for the 1st time in 5 years is back in the Champions League and wow what a night it was!
Big Ears Mosaic on the KOP
Your Redmen couldn’t seem to find the net in the 1st half v scrappy little Ludogrets.
Then in the 2nd half Mario Magnifico finally put the Reds in front in the 82nd minute. He did an great job of fighting off two defenders in the box to punch it past the keeper.
But this wouldn’t be a LFC match without some drama though right? Ludogrets would come back to score as the clock hit 90:00. Everyone I’m sure was shocked and not to pleased that we would be drawing v this tiny Bulgarian team that has only existed since 2001.
As we rolled into stoppage time new signing Javi Manquillo put some pressure on Ludogrets GK who missed played a ball back to him and ended up fouling Manquillo in the box for a Penalty in the dying seconds of the match. Up stepped who else: The One, The Only, Your Captain Fantastic, Stevie G.
…And you know what happens when #8 steps up to the penalty spot.
Stevie G comes up with another game winner/heroics. We truly are extremely lucky to be living during a time when we are able to see this guy play.
Well for sure a nerve wrecking night for our 1st European Night in a while. Looked like we missed Sturridge some. But hey it is a win and glad they came back in the dying seconds to get the W.
Nope no recap of the Villa match. It wasn’t pleasant to watch, played terrible didn’t get the win. Still early in the season so still gelling together and new faces still adopting the BR philosophy.
Thanks to all of the Indy Reds who came out to Union Jack over the weekend and yesterday for the Match. It was also good to see a lot of you at the Indy Eleven match.
Another late start this weekend for your Redmen 12:30pm again. Make sure to go hit up Indy Anfield Union Jack and get some tasty beer and tasty lunch before or after the Match while you are there.