great moments in football history

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The World Cup is approaching and initiatives surrounding the event are multiplying. Today we want to propose a great project developed by a group of artists who reviewed the iconography of global football, creating some fabulous illustrations depicting moments that have marked the history of world football.

A very nice and well done project. Let’s see some of the illustrations and the events chosen by the artists.
How could we miss the legendary “Hand of God” that is, the goal scored by the Pibe de oro against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

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(Illustration by Osvaldo Casanova, aka Oz)

Oz has always reinterpreted the much discussed headbutt by Zidane against Materazzi in the final of the 2006 World Cup in Berlin won by the “Azzurri”.
The Catalan artist Martì Riba preferred instead to pay tribute to a much discussed player, Mario Balotelli according to an art trend somewhere between cubism and pop.

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With the same stroke, Riba created portraits of: Iker Casillas, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Ribery.

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And now, let’s look at an Italian artist, Matteo Cuccato who wanted to portray the profile of some champions that will play in the World Cup this year.


These include: Iniesta, the Brazilian Neymar and Andrea Pirlo; the subject was taken up by Manufaves, an artist based in San Diego, who with his distinctive style wanted to portray those he considers to be the strongest players.

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Besides Pirlo, there is Didier Drogba and the Japanese player, Honda.

The creations of the German artist, Andy Gellenberg are fabulous; He wanted to portray the most influential players, in terms of both skill and character, including the French player Frank Ribery about whom he said: “He is not the tallest or the strongest, but is able to compensate for all his shortcomings with a fighting spirit a bit like the rooster who represents the French national football team.”

With a nostalgic thought for the past, the artist Ricardo Drumond chose as subject the Brazilian champion Pelé.


Nicholas Lawson instead wanted to play with national colours, so his subject is a silhouette in national colours. So the subjects? Balotelli and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jon Rogers created a series of portraits using the colours of national flags as a background and as a subject the best player in the history of every nation. So, there is Diego Armando Maradona, Paolo Rossi and Totò Schillaci.


Finally, the last artist is Ahmed Mounir who wished to pay tribute to Maradona and Zinédine Zidane in the year of their triumph, that is, in the 1998 World Cup.


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