Whether it’s a controversy over goal-line technology, a linesman plastered across newspapers after a dubious call, or a referee put to the sword after falling prey to a bit of simulation in the box, football is a sport preoccupied with its own minutiae. So much so, that for all the vitriol and passion that trails every small incident on the pitch, it’s often easy to forget that at the end of the day, football is just a game.
San Sebastian-based artist Maider López built upon that premise with her Polder Cup project, where she hosted a football tournament in Southern Holland across a series of mismatched pitches. From jagged boundary lines to hollows and bumps littering the field and even ditches of water splitting fields in two, Maider parodied the rigid official rule-set by creating a situation in which players had to adapt their strategy and interpretation of the rules to the environment around them.
11:50 pm • 8 September 2014 • 732 notes
Where The Average Weekend Is Anything But: Portland and The Timbers Army
Photos captured by Jordan Beard
Over the past week, Portland, Oregon was situated right on the middle of the global game’s map. From Thierry Henry to Mario Götze, icons and phenoms were filling the streets as the MLS All-Stars welcomed Bayern Munich to town. We were at Providence Park for that match, and it was great. But it wasn’t Portland.
The stadium was packed to the brim and full of fans from overseas, but it wasn’t Portland. So, we returned to see this city’s side play Chivas USA to take in an "average game" and witness the atmosphere that the Timbers Army and company could create.
Loved doing this with Jordi
6:05 pm • 12 August 2014 • 339 notes
“Nos podrán quitar las flores, pero nunca la primavera.”
— Eduardo Galeano
5:43 am • 28 June 2014 • 3 notes
World Cup collages by Case Jernigan
Pirlo was designed by Da Vinci. From Maradona’s infamous Hand of God to the thousands of opinions analysts have on Mario Balotelli and Landon Donovan, the World Cup is defined by characters. Brooklyn-based artist Case Jernigan captured these personalities in a fine, yet slightly surreal fashion.
3:12 pm • 7 June 2014 • 220 notes
Pretending like the next month won’t be completely consumed by 800 million eyes on Neymar, Brazil, *Brasil*, and the beautiful game. (at City of Portland)
12:22 am • 7 June 2014 • 2 notes
The World’s Best Football Photographer and The World Cup: Ryu x Rio
We’ve featured the sublime photography of Ryu Voelkel on AFR for years, so - unless you’re remarkably new here - the man hardly needs an introduction. But he does need your help.
Ryu captures the game’s atmosphere and aesthetics in ways that no one else can, and he wants to tell a story unlike anything you’ll see around this summer’s World Cup. He has already been given the green light by FIFA to shoot matches, but he needs support to spend the month in Brazil, travel to the tournament’s biggest matches, and create an incredible book around the 2014 World Cup. If you appreciate great photography and support independent artists, get behind Ryu’s Kickstarter.
This will be amazing. Get behind it.
10:27 am • 14 May 2014 • 351 notes