More Than A Game

This is what Sunday soccer looks like in Bogotá

As is the case in almost every Latin American country, soccer in Colombia is not only the most popular sport, but also a fundamental part of the culture, steeped in local tradition.

Every weekend men and women, adults and children, rich and poor, gather at El Campín stadium in Bogotá to support their team and keep the tradition alive. Small informal economies take advantage of the teeming masses selling souvenirs and street food. Pick up your char-grilled corn on the cob with butter, then haggle for a replica of just about any soccer jersey you want.

The stadium holds 41,000 fans at 8,500 feet above sea level. These images portray the rhythm of a typical Sunday game between the city’s two rival teams, Santa Fe and Millonarios.


Federico Pardo specializes in nature photography and has documented scientific expeditions throughout the world. He has worked as a multimedia producer for The Field Museum in Chicago and the Humboldt Institute in Colombia.