Love, in the time of rain showers and thunderstorms

While going through my photos of the Clear Dream Match 2, I realized I was inadvertently telling a sub-plot. I’m sharing what I had noticed:

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This is Team James, the eventual winners of the Clear Dream Match 2. This team photo was taken prior to kick-off, and while everyone had their (friendly) game faces on, we see Fabio Cannavaro and Misagh Bahadoran in a world by themselves, oblivious to the bright lights and flashes.

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Cue to right before the second half started. Fabs is not very impressed with the state of the waterlogged pitch.

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Misagh, however, is all too happy to see Fabs on the pitch and runs over to him.

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Fabs clearly knows his effect on Misagh.

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Fabs:  “Hey Saba, you’re definitely more confident with me in front of you.”

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Misagh quickly establishes position. Note tactile tactics toward Fabs to ease Saba out of the picture.

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No, Misagh. Lifting your shorts won’t distract Fabs from his main concern—that swamp of a pitch.

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Fabs was all too relieved to be subbed out. That or he was just too happy that they were winning. By the way, Misagh, you snooze, you lose. Saba is a step ahead of you.

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He did get his civil handshake moment with Fabs after all.

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Ah, but look at that face. It is like the face of a fangirl that got her fleeting moment of touching the World Cup champion.

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Regret sinks in. Misagh thinks he should have hugged it out with Fabs instead. Too late, Fabs has moved on to the other teammates.

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All’s well that ends well. Those two were on the winning side, and Fabs is watching after Misagh, who just might fall off the stage in excitement.

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Yeah, I just had some time on my hands to post this. Also, if you do plan to share these photos elsewhere, I would greatly appreciate it if you drop me a note saying so. It’s only kind, and let’s be friends.

On a more serious note, you can read the Five things we learned from this year’s CLEAR Dream Match here.

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