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Goal Click Exhibition: Exploring the 'real Russia'

Our COPA90 Clubhouse will be hosting Goal Click's photography exhibition about football culture in Russia.

Ahead of this summer's tournament, seven photographers captured Russia's football culture and the impact of the World Cup across the country. The result is a fascinating series of pictures that faithfully portray Russia's relationship with the beautiful game. This initiative was launched by the global photography project Goal Click, and will be exhibited at the COPA90 Clubhouse.

All the photographers used a disposable analogue camera to take their pictures and they covered a lot of ground in the process. Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow, Samara, Saint Petersburg… these are some of the many locations featured in Goal Click: Russia. “Goal Click has a mission to help people understand each other through football. Ahead of the World Cup we wanted to give a voice to the Russians who really experience the football culture in the country every week. The photos give an honest and unfiltered look at the amazing diversity of Russian society and its culture through football,” says Matthew Barrett, Goal Click CEO.

One of the photographers involved was Sergey Novikov, who contributed to the project with two different stories. He firstly visited several cities to show the effect of the World Cup in Russia's urban landscape: “I documented public spaces that were significantly changed due to the 2018 World Cup - surfaces of our urban landscape, marked with visible objects that appeared to show the city’s involvement in the mass spectacle.” For his other project, Sergey travelled to seven towns in the Ural Mountains in order to photograph their non-league football culture.

Limited-edition prints of the photographs are available at Goal Click’s shop.

Photographs: Sergey Novikov/Goal Click.