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Group Stage – new Euro 2016 art and design exhibition

Thursday 9th June; on the eve of Euro 2016, an exhibition of football art and design opens in Hoxton, London. Curated and staged by Patterns of Play, the show is further proof that football now attracts some seriously talented designers. It’s what the beautiful game deserves. Free entry, 9-12 June, 93 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AG.

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Tasteful, nostalgic football prints by Turnstyle

Graphic designers Turnstyle FC are “a venture showcasing, promoting and commenting on all things beautiful and visually striking in football”. Their modern take on football nostalgia has produced some great prints. Most topical is their Euro 96 offering, but most of the big clubs also have a major landmark in their history commemorated in style. Available to buy on Etsy and to … Continue reading

England 96 by Turnstyle

Need a Euro 2016 wallchart? Look no further

With only a week to go to the Euros, we should be grateful to Elliott Quince (@ElliottQ) who has produced a Ruud Gullit inspired wallchart, with the punny title of ‘The Ruud to Paris’. Not just a useful way to see who’s playing who, where and when but the proceeds of each £10 sale are going to a very good cause, the Luton … Continue reading

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Season – the new football magazine for female fans

With the women’s game ever increasing in popularity, and women making up a quarter of crowds (according to the Premier League…) it is perhaps not surprising that a football magazine for women has emerged to fill an interesting niche. In the guise of a fanzine, Season focuses less on the game and more on female fans and football fashion. In time for the end … Continue reading

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Eight by Eight, issue 8

Another intelligent, stylish football magazine that should be on your radar is 8by8. Named after the dimensions of a goal (8 feet by 8 yards), it covers the world’s leading clubs, personalities, design and photography. Published in New York, and with a focus on the game in the US, it is available both digitally and on paper from 8by8mag.com Worth a follow on Twitter … Continue reading

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Pickles – the thinking man’s football magazine

Football, design and wit is how Pickles magazine describes itself. The latest issue has just come out and it’s a definitely worth a read for its alternative take on football culture. An interview with Chelsea’s first black player, Paul Canoville, a look back at Wimbledon’s Crazy Gang and a tribute to the world’s favourite ref, Pierluigi Collina. A snip at … Continue reading

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Memorable football goals by Richard Hincks

We recently came across a series of fine graphic prints by Manchester based designer, Richard Hincks (@RickHincks). Each depicts a significant goal in a team’s history simply by showing the path of the player and ball on the pitch. Simple and rather lovely. Get yourself one at www.Rincks.com.

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New FIFA Museum omits references to corruption

After years of corruption amongst FIFA’s top executives, what better time than open a huge, £100 million museum to celebrate football’s governing body? Just opened in Zurich minutes from the hotel Baur au Lac, where seven FIFA officials were arrested in 2015 on charges of extortion, fraud and money laundering. And guess what? There’s no mention of any of their dodgy dealing in this glass and video palace. … Continue reading

FIFA's new museum in Zurich.

Higher ticket prices = more tourists + selfies + half and half scarves

Stadiums will be filled with “tourists” waving “half and half scarves and taking selfies” if ticket prices rise further, warns Football Supporters’ Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke. Thousands of Liverpool fans walked out of their recent Premier League game against Sunderland at Anfield in protest at next season’s prices. The FSF is meeting fans’ groups to discuss further action, including a potential … Continue reading

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Half and half scarves plumb new depths

Half and half scarves make no sense to us. Either you support a team – and wear their colours – or you don’t and you don’t. Quite who the Vardy v Aguero nylon rags on offer outside the Etihad on Saturday were aimed at is anyone’s guess. But presumably someone is buying them. For those neutrals who want to wear a football … Continue reading

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