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Monthly Archives: December 2013

A nicely designed look at World Cup qualification from Howler magazine

You’ll read a lot about World Cup qualification histories over the next few months, but rarely will it look as nice as this. The double-page spread you can see on the right is from the latest issue of US-based Howler magazine. It is part of an article looking at the track records of the 32 nations competing at Brazil 2014 … Continue reading

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Not staying warm at the game: dress like Batwoman

We’re always telling you the benefits of scarf in helping you stay warm at the match while also showing your support for the team (especially if it’s a very nice cashmere scarf). But we’ll freely admit that a scarf can only do so much. You’ve got to help yourself a bit. So, while this Manchester City fan attending the Boxing … Continue reading

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Man Utd stars don Christmas jumpers

Manchester United benchwarmers Marouane Fellaini, Nani and Anders Lindegaard are likely to be shivering in the stands as much as the rest of us over the course of the busy Christmas fixture schedule. Rather than opt for a nice cashmere scarf and beanie hat to keep the cold at bay (which, as we all know, is the sensible option) they’ve … Continue reading

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World Cup Legends by Daniel Duncan

Illustrator Daniel Duncan is creating a deck of very nicely designed playing cards featuring World Cup legends. He is created a card every week in the build-up to next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, each one incorporating one of his excellent illustrations. Johan Cruyff, Roberto Carlos, Eusebio, Gabriel Batistuta, Pepe Schiaffino and Carlos Valderrama. You can see an initial batch … Continue reading

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Martin Keown vs Ruud Van Nistelrooy by Subbuteo Art

We’ve featured Terry Lee and his outstanding Subbuteo Art before on this blog, but when we saw his latest masterpiece we decided we had to share it with you. It captures, in Subbuteo figure form, the moment Arsenal defender Martin Keown celebrated a Ruud Van Nistelrooy penalty miss in the Manchester United striker’s face during the infamous Battle of Old … Continue reading

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Neymar as Bob Dylan by Gonza Rodriguez

With the World Cup now a matter of months away, now is as good a time as any to give a mention to a Brazil-based illustrator. And, in this case, a Brazilian subject of his artwork. Gonza Rodriguez was born in Argentina, but that doesn’t stop him seeing the merits of Brazil’s new golden boy, Neymar. In this piece, he’s … Continue reading

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Staying warm at the game: Santi Cazorla dons the Arsene Wenger coat

You know you’re getting old when you start dressing like your manager. Arsenal substitute Santi Cazorla didn’t fancy dealing with the chill of the Etihad Stadium on Saturday lunchtime and opted to wear this calf-length Nike jacket to keep the elements at bay while his team-mates took on Manchester City. Talk about a Gunners side made in Arsene Wenger’s image! … Continue reading

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Roberto Mancini’s scarf collection, 8-bit style

We were already big fans of the work of 8-bit Football, so imagine how much they went up in our estimations when we saw this. They have created this image of Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini running a scarf stall at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. He’s flogging his current Galatasaray scarf as well as some of his old Manchester City scarves.

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Brazil 1950 World Cup poster

Now that the countdown to next summer’s World Cup is in full swing, we thought we’d have a quick look at how the World Cup was promoted last time it was held in Brazil. The main poster for Brazil 1950 involved a very colourful sock featuring the flags of participating nations. Would you credit it, there’s the Union Jack (representing … Continue reading

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Dimitar Berbatov unwinds after Fulham win by sketching Muhammad Ali

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov put in his best performance of the season to help his side to victory over Aston Villa at the weekend. And how does he celebrate those efforts? By sketching Muhammad Ali, of course. Berba is a keen artist and relaxed after the Villa game by drawing Ali flooring Sonny Liston in their 1965 fight. He wrote: … Continue reading

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