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Beautiful vintage kit designs for Champions League semi-finalists by Emilio Sansolini

Courtesy of Gibraltar-based graphic designer Emilio Sansolini, all four of this year’s Champions League semi-finalists – Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid – have had their famous kits redesigned in classic vintage style. With the draw for the 2014/15 semi-finals having just been completed over at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, the timing of these little beauties could not have been more…well, … Continue reading


Legendary line-ups in pixel form by All-Time Squad

The good folks over at All Time Squad concern themselves with exactly that: lavish prints of football’s all-time greatest composite XIs – all rendered in their full 16-bit pixelated glory. For example, Barcelona’s all-time greatest team boasts the likes of Michael Laudrup, Johan Cruyff, László Kubala and Lionel Messi, all plugging away manfully under the tutelage of one the most successful coaches in the Catalan … Continue reading

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Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat let down by his ‘lucky’ brown scarf

Speaking before his side’s game against Crystal Palace this weekend, Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat revealed he had a secret weapon stashed up his sleeve (well, around his neck) to help his struggling side overcome their opponents. The Dutchman told reporters he was planning to deploy his “lucky brown scarf” – the very one he sported during the Black Cat’s 1-0 derby victory … Continue reading


Family collect TWO MILES of football scarves to raise money for disabled son

The parents of a young boy with a debilitating genetic disorder have collected hundreds of football scarves in a bid to help raise awareness of their son’s ultra-rare condition. Mark and Rachel Lund originally began collecting in an attempt to break a world record and raise funds for their six-year-old son Alfie, who suffers with a rare DNA disorder that leaves him unable to walk or … Continue reading


Kampion: The football card game with a beautiful difference

If, like us, you whiled away countless hours collecting football stickers back in days of yore, then there’s a good chance this one will be right up your alley…so to speak. You see, Kampion is a card game like no other – in fact, as they themselves so rightly claim, it is closer to being a “playable art gallery”. Rather than … Continue reading


Illustrator Ed Cowburn provides stark glimpse into Leeds’ Red Bull future

After enduring many months of managerial turmoil and other miscellaneous nonsense at Elland Road, it finally looks like the current Leeds ownership are finally ready to sell up, cut their losses and ship out. However, it also looks as though the Championship club are about to amble from the frying pan directly into the corporate fire with the news that … Continue reading


How hard are you, according to your scarf?

Zoologist Desmond Morris started turning his knowledge of apes to human behaviour for academic books in the 1960s. In 1977, he became a director of Oxford United and by 1981 had written The Soccer Tribe. The book is essentially a study of the behavioural patterns of football fans in the late-1970s as viewed through Morris’ zoological eyes. Among the topics … Continue reading

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Nurturing Football’s Homegrown Talent by Lo Cole

Sean Ingle’s column in today’s Guardian tackles the issue of nurturing homegrown footballing talent. In particular, it looks at the talent identification methods employed by clubs and explores how bigger, faster and even older players still end up being favoured. The piece is accompanied by an excellent illustration from Lo Cole. The nurturing of homegrown talent is symbolised by these … Continue reading

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The Binman Chronicles: Special Edition and Comic Book of Neville Southall’s Greatest Saves

Some excellent thinking outside the box in the genre of football autobiographies here. Neville Southall’s book The Binman Chronicles has been given a special edition reprint, featuring a cartoon cover drawn by Will Sliney. If that name rings a bell, he is the Marvel comics artist who produced an Ireland XI mural we featured here (Sliney, not Southall). As well … Continue reading


JRR Project – illustrations of every shirt worn by Juan Roman Riquelme

Argentine designer and illustrator Damian Allende has produced an homage to one of his nation’s footballing cult heroes. To mark Juan Roman Riquelme’s recent retirement from professional football, Damian undertook the JRR Project: a selection of illustrations covering every shirt that Riquelme wore over the course of his career, from the start of his career with Boca Juniors, through Barcelona, … Continue reading