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Derry City’s team photo bench collapses

No football player wants to spend time on the bench. And it turns out that can be as true during team photos as it is during matches. Irish side Derry City yesterday attempted to perform the seemingly simple task of having a picture take to celebrate reaching the FAI Cup Final. The players were arranged on the Brandywell pitch ready … Continue reading

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Republic of Ireland fans’ interesting scarf choice at Germany game

Congratulations to the Republic of Ireland on their excellent 1-1 draw away at world champions Germany last night. But no congratulations to the street vendors outside the stadium in Gelsenkirchen who effectively gave the Irish supporters a straight choice between a half-and-half scarf or an expletive-covered scarf directing abuse at the English – both classy options. Fortunately, forewarned is forearmed … Continue reading

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Wenger the Mantis by David Squires

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s touchline scuffle with Jose Mourinho a couple of weeks ago has inspired artist David Squires. While the whole charade was far from dignified, Wenger did surprise some by unleashing his inner hard-nut at Stamford Bridge. The ‘fight’ stopped after a mere shove but, had it continued, it looked like there was only going to be one … Continue reading


Levante merchandise by Lawerta

Spanish illustrator Jorge Lawerta has produced some work for La Liga side Levante, which has now been put to use on some official merchandise, including t-shirts. The rather fetching typography features the club’s name and the word Granota. Approximate potted history: during the Spanish Civil War, Valencia-based Levante had to move grounds and the new pitch had a lot of … Continue reading


The art of football photography

There’s an excellent piece on the Guardian website (syndicated from the excellent SPIEL magazine) on the art of football photography. It includes interviews with some of the finest proponents of football photography, including Stuart Roy Clarke, whose work features on this website. On his work, Stuart says: “I believe that the moment most worthy is the one where I pull … Continue reading

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AFC Bournemouth’s glossy ‘Matchday’ programme

Thanks to the always excellent 12elfthman for flagging up Bournemouth’s innovation with their matchday programme. They’ve move away from the traditional programme look in favour of a high-end glossy magazine (although a vintage reprint of a traditional programme for a corresponding fixture from yesteryear is printed inside). It all looks very smart and some great design work has gone into … Continue reading

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The Beautiful 92 football shirt quiz

The Beautiful 92 challenges you to guess the identity of clubs from the top-four tiers of English football aided only by crest-less and sponsor-less illustrations of their shirts. You can browse the shirts on display before entering your answer below. If you’re struggling, there is the offer of a hint to help you. If you’re struggling to tell your red-and-white … Continue reading

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Francesco Totti by Robin Gundersen

Norwegian artist and graphic designer Robin Gundersen is a prolific illustrator of footballers. His ‘Mini Guns’ collection is a series of caricatures that capture some of the game’s best-known stars in an eye-catching angular style. Given his exploits against Manchester City last night – when he became the oldest Champions League goalscorer ever – Roma’s Francesco Totti was the obvious … Continue reading


Matchday photography by Robbie Jay Barratt

Photographer Robbie Jay Barratt specialises in sports and music photography, most of it in or near his native West Yorkshire. Aged only 20, he has already got a great eye for matchday goings-on, from the action on the pitch to what’s going on the crowd. Being scarf fanatics, this shot of Leeds fans during their derby game against Huddersfield Town … Continue reading

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Knitted Frank Lampard faces former club Chelsea

Since Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard found the net against former club Chelsea at the weekend, there has been plenty of commentary on the Blues legend damaging his old side’s title challenge. But none of that commentary has been quite as obscure or endearing as this, the work of The Knitted Footballer. In this photograph, a knitted likeness of Frank … Continue reading

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