KEEPERS

by hans van der meer

"In 2001 my Dutch publisher Fred Schmidt from De Verbeelding Publishers asked me if I had something in stock to publish. In the football archive I had those returning images from a solitary goalkeeper. They were the result of the way I worked, a kind of spin off you could say.

The location search for my football images always took me a lot of time. I used to select only football grounds where a world behind the pitch would appear in a descriptive way. My viewpoint was defined by that idea from the very beginning, as I started to photograph football in 1995. I needed that world outside the pitch to visualize that football was an important part of our culture.”

Voyez le reste de cette collection ICI, ainsi que le site Web de Hans van der Meer comportant tous ses autres projets photographiques. Ça en vaut le détour. Promis. 

FUTEBOL NO POSTER

by paulo junger

"Pôsteres criados com fotos de arquivo, frases e momentos marcantes ou pitorescos do futebol brasileiro."

Directeur artistique pour l’agence brésilienne DM9DDB, Paulo Junger nous offre cette collection d’affiches à partir de photos d’archive, de citations célèbres et de moments mémorables qu’il a rassemblés, glanés et assemblés en un objectif bien simple : raconter le football brésilien à travers son regard.

Vous pouvez voir le reste des ses réalisations ICI

THE LOST WORLD CUP

by lorenzo garzella & filippo macelloni

"This is the true, incredibile story of the forgotten World Cup of 1942 played in Patagonia.

As you may know, FIFA launched its World Cup in 1930 with the idea of playing a new one every four years. There was, however, a gap between 1938 and 1950, on account of World War II breaking out. Yet some believe that there was in fact a tournament in 1942, held in Patagonia, the southernmost region in both Argentina and Chile.

FIFA refused to recognise the competition, or so the story goes, and as a result there are no official records of it today.

The film kicks off with the discovery of some unknown human remains on the outskirts of a small town in Patagonia. The bones belong to a cameraman commissioned to film the tournament by the region’s Minister for Sport, and the tournament’s brainchild, Count Otz. Otz is painted as an intriguing character, a visionary ahead of his time. While FIFA seem to be put off by the idea of a World Cup at a time when a World War is raging, Otz is determined to prove that sport is capable of rising above evil.

He soon has his way as a 12-team tournament, complete with a replica Jules Rimet trophy, is set up. Competing nations include reigning world champions Italy, England (making their debut on the world stage), a Nazi Germany team, France, Brazil, Patagonia, and a side made up of the indigenous inhabitants of the region, the Mapuche.

Argentina, along with Chile, refuse to recognise the tournament as they are not prepared to enter into competition with the Mapuche, reflecting the political tensions over issues with land on the continent at the time.

The film is brought to life by rare footage that still exists today from the tournament, which does an excellent job of projecting the romanticism of football; that no matter from what period, or how poor such footage may be, it is a sport that anyone, anywhere is capable of relating to.

On top of the footage we are treated to a feast of talking heads. Legends of the game, such as Gary Linker and Roberto Baggio, air their views on the subject, helping to create a sense of just how important this tournament really was, and still is, in the history of football.

Alongside the more recognisable faces are the real heroes of the story: the players themselves. Most of the sides were made out of amateurs, barring Italy and Germany who paid for a few professionals to compete. And it these farmers, miners and fishermen who provide the real colour to the film, talking about their memories from all those years ago. There’s the Italian who points out that he and his team-mates had nothing to do with the fascism of Mussolini that was going on on the other side of the world; the German who insists that the Nazi players were not philosophers, but just soldiers doing their job; and the member of the Mapuche team, still full of as much energy and enthusiasm on his farm today as he was back on the pitch.

It is easy to harp on about the good old days such as these, when football was far purer without the Twitterati landscape of money and power that it finds itself suffocated by today. However, there are plenty of times in the film when corruption and politics threaten to bring down the good name of the 1942 World Cup: FIFA refusing to sanction the tournament, Argentina and Chile turning down the opportunity of participating, not to mention the odd example of bribery and match-fixing that draws plenty of parallels to the goings on of today. Perhaps one point the film is trying to make is that corruption has always tried to rear its ugly head, whether there is romanticism aplenty or not.

As well as the historical and political aspects of the film, it is also an entertaining romp from beginning to end. We hear, and see, tales of Butch Cassidy’s son - equipped with a cowboy hat and gun - being called in to referee the tournament, a member of the Italy team throwing l powder in an opponents’ eye, and the Mapuche goalkeeper who has never conceded a penalty in his career due to his hypnotic powers, just to name a few.

Writing this retrospectively, it is perhaps obvious that The Lost World Cup is a hoax. As funny as some of these moments are, they are surely just a little over the top to be true. If you are going to be cynical about it, then you could pick holes in the actual footage and ask how can so much of it, and of such high quality at that, still be around today. Yet that is what makes this film so special: it suspends your disbelief and makes you want to believe.

Without wanting to give too much of the story away, the final brings together the Mapuche and the Nazis: Good versus Evil. Due to an amazing circumstance of events that has something to do with some lost footage, decades later, the Mapuche are crowned world champions of the 1942 World Cup.”

FOOTBALL FIELD

a project by maider lópez

"A football field at the Sharjah Museum Square in which street furniture interferes with the game. Different ways of experiencing the public space coexist in this football field; it suggests new uses for the square and a new structure for the urban space.

9th Sharjah Biennial, 2007. Arab Emirates.”

FOOTBALL FIELD FILM

Pour davantage de Maider López, vous pouvez visiter son site et ses divers projets, ICI.

AMMOONINA CARDS 

by ammooina design studio

Vous pouvez suivre le travail de ce designer graphique italien sur son site Web, ainsi que sur son compte Twitter.


FOOTBALL PITTORESQUE
 - fragments de l’oeuvre 

de roger mayne

"My reason for photographing the poor streets is that I love them, and the life on them (I am here concerned with what I see: for the moment it is irrelevant that most of these houses have no baths, and that their structure is endangered by disrepair). Empty, the streets have their own kind of beauty, a kind of decaying splendour, and always great atmosphere — whether romantic, on a hazy winter day, or listless when the summer is hot; sometimes it is forbidding; or it may be warm and friendly on a sunny spring weekend when the street is swarming with children playing, and adults walking through or standing gossiping. I remember my excitement when I turned a corner into Southam Street, a street I have returned to again and again…

I think an artist must work intuitively, and let his attitudes be reflected by the kinds of things he likes or finds pictorial. Attitudes will be reflected because an artist is a kind of person who is deeply interested in people, and the forces that work in our society. This implies a humanist art, but not necessarily an interest in ‘politics’”.

Roger Mayne 

OEUVRE FOOTBALLISTIQUE 

by alvar sirlin

"Alvar creates closeup in your face portraits of politicians, authors and other celebrities, mostly in pen and ink. His artistic range includes abstract expressionistic oil painting, landscapes and street art. He resides in Brooklyn, NY."

Entre la virulence du coup de crayon de l’artiste et les visages défigurés par l’émotion se trouvent la beauté et la violence de l’instant footballistique, ses forces et ses failles, ses traits gras et ses lignes fines. 

Pour davantage, vous pouvez le suivre sur son compte Behance et son site Web

NAMELESS COLLECTION - football

by nicole reed

Cette courte collection, proposée en exclusivité au site Web Athletico Paper, est l’oeuvre du photographe australien Nicole Reed qui, à la tombée de la nuit, est allé prendre quelques clichés d’un vieux centre sportif, le Darebin International Sports Centre.

Mélangeant la subtile beauté de l’accalmie au puissant sentiment de vacuité, résultant en une sorte d’apothéose où la légèreté du match de football en soirée se fond à l’heureuse absence momentanée, Nicole Reed réussit, pour ainsi à dire, à photographier l’incessant mouvement de la culture foot tout y en échappant simultanément, la drapant alors d’un immobilisme serein. 

Vous pouvez le suivre sur Instagram et son site Web personnel pour davantage.

HOLY GOAL (ON GOING GALLERY)

by ciro meggiolaro

"Because we ain’t that young anymore.

I don’t know if I’m already old - I’m 35 now - but a couple of years ago I began comparing my childhood with the children of these days. I saw this mostly in the empty football fields where my friends, 90% of the children in my country - I’m italian by the way - and myself played every day until the sun went down, leading to the point where our mothers would scream and shout to call us back home.

And today… that’s not the story in Italy. I don’t know if the fault lies with the smarthphones or other electronic devices, perhaps it’s to do with too many cars being on the streets or it’s simply a sign of the times in which we live.
I see these goals as the lonely crucifixes, everywhere in my country - hence calling this project HOLY GOAL - that you can find in the crossroads or on the peaks of the mountains. And I hope that in the future a group of child will stop again in these football fields and pitches, not to pray, but to play.”

Vous pouvez le suivre sur son compte Behance pour davantage, ainsi que sur son site Web

NALDEN MEETS JOHAN KRAMER - A CLASSIC RENDEZ-VOUS

"On the sideline of football, you can find beautiful stories."

Johan Kramer, par l’intermédiaire de son interlocuteur, se dévoile en souvenirs d’enfance, projets, naïveté, beauté du geste, splendeur footballistique, parallèles philosophiques et autre humour de circonstance. Parce que le football est bien plus qu’un sport. 

326490

by a collective of football lovers

"32 | 64 | 90 is an international creative showcase, featuring a curated group of 32 creatives from the 32 competing countries in this year’s World Cup. Representing their national teams, the creatives will produce original 90 minute artworks that document their nation’s journey through the tournament.

After each match, the artworks by creatives from the two competing nations are presented side by side documenting their team’s performance and fortunes. Match by match, in victory and defeat, triumph and disaster, the collected images from the 64 matches in the tournament will provide a unique creative expression of the ‘World Cup muse’ as it has visited each team, each country and each creative.

Created and supported by Uniform, we aim to publish a limited edition book cataloging all the entries and auction selected prints, in order to raise funds for a nominated charity.

We’re excited to think that the finished project will express something of the unpredictability, inspiration and vibrancy of the game itself.”

Veuillez vous rendre sur leur site Web pour apprécier la multitude d’affiches restantes possédant tous un design au style distinct, unique. Cette vidéo créée pour l’occasion vous aidera également à apprécier leur démarche et leur vision structurant ce projet singulier.

FOOTBALL BALL MANUFACTURE AKA FOOTBALL STORY (1956)

from the archives of british pathé

"C/U of a football being kicked; M/Ss of a group of Arsenal players heading the ball to one another and displaying ball-skill dexterity on Highbury football pitch; commentator mentions players like Captain Cliff Holton and internationals (David) Bowen and (Derrick) Tapscott being household names; Dennis Evans may also be seen among the players.

M/S in a factory in South Norwood, London, where footballs have been made since 1891; although not mentioned by name it is Webber Bros. Ltd. A man is seen rolling up large sheets of leather, then he takes a roll to a cutting machine, spreads it over the cutting board and cuts out numerous oblong panels from it. A large pile of panels is placed before an elderly man, 70-year-old Joe Kidd sitting astride a wooden bench. He takes one panel and stretches it over the bench with the aid of some pincer/plier-type tools. C/Us of this process.

M/S of numerous men in a workroom who are stitching the panels together by hand; C/Us of a man stitching the inside-out panels; he wears leather covers over his fingertips for protection. M/S of a young man stitching. M/S of another young man who is squashing a white leather football into shape, with one of the panels sticking out.

M/S of a man standing before a table piled with finished and half-finished footballs; he is putting the bladder into a ball, then pumps it up.

More nice shots of the Arsenal team; this time they are seen at a practice game. One of the players scores a goal.”

FUTEBOL

by federico raiman

"Self-taught artist with more than 20 years working in the field of illustration/storyboards-shootingboards/concept art/comic/character design for the advertising market, publishing and film companies. Nothing more to say and lots to see!"

Ajoutons à cela que cet artiste multidisciplinaire, vivant à Buenos Aires, est passionné de foot. En voilà le rendu. 

Voyez le reste sur IBWM. Vous pouvez également le suivre sur Behance pour davantage.

MR BECCLES FC

by stephen curtis

"John Humby who is now 85 has been associated with amateur football club Beccles Town FC for 47 years. He first joined the Suffolk (England) football club in 1964 and has witnessed not only the Dad’s but also their Son’s playing for the club. With the popularisation of the Barclay’s football Premier league, along with new gadgets etc, Kids today now have so much that football, which was always the top priority of going out to kick a ball with your mates, has now become a thing of the past.

Football clubs are folding just as quick as Pubs closing. The national team at some point will suffer, and after the recent 2014 world Cup the signs are beginning to show! Grass roots football with the likes of John Humby will never be replaced!”

ONCE UPON A TIME IN BERMONDSEY

by jacopo maino

"Once Upon a Time in Bermondsey explores the concepts of obsession, passion and commitment. It is a story about time – about past, present and future, and how they merge in the collective consciousness of a football club: Fisher FC.

Fisher FC is a London-based football club with more than one hundred years of history. The club was forced to leave its local area, Bermondsey, after a series of events eventually leading to bankruptcy in 2009. After that day, the club is wholly owned and run by its supporters. With their old home ground lying in ruins, the supporters’ obsession is to rebuild the club from the ashes, making it return to its former glory and to the area where it belongs, Bermondsey.”

Vous pouvez visiter le site web de ce photographe italien pour voir le reste de cette collection, ainsi que son compte Behance pour rester à l’affût d’éventuelles publications.