Cristiano’s free kick - By Dan Leydon
”When planning this piece for AFR I wanted to capture a moment of heightened tension in the Clásico. Something about night games gives a match an added sense of excitement and I love the air of carnival that descends whenever La Liga’s two titans go head-to-head.
Ronaldo’s iconic free kick stance was a definite inclusion and only after I had made the first piece did I have the realisation to add a close up of his eyes.”
We’re delighted to showcase Dan’s work on AFR as he experiments with the artistic medium of GIFs. Find him on: Twitter / Tumblr / Etsy. [Posted by Eric]
3:19 am • 11 November 2012 • 923 notes
@KAKA: “Tomorrow we’ll play the most important match of the year in the Bernabéu. We will give everything but we need something more . #elrmbayernloganastú”
@SergioRamos: “.. What a warm feeling since 80.000 souls will guide us to victory. We need that ”
@Cristiano: “ right. The Bernabéu is able to push us to the final and I’m sure they will. Don’t you think so ? #elrmbayernloganastú”
@eGranero11: “It should be a magical night. Returning to Munich needs a push from everyone. What do you think ? #elrmbayernloganastú”
@aarbeloa17: “Clearly ! It’s our chance to fight for the tenth! We need a roar from the Bernabéu, right ? #elrmbayernloganastú”
@XabiAlonso: “ it will be. This game, we’ll play it together: team and fans. Zidane had already said it: http://youtu.be/DU1CjncQ9mM #elrmbayernloganastú”
Clever use of social media by Real Madrid ahead of their Champions League match
10:38 pm • 24 April 2012 • 1,100 notes
“Finally it’s Camp Mou”: The global media reflects on Real Madrid’s victory against Barcelona.
Sport: Farewell to the league. FC Barcelona said goodbye to the League after losing to Real Madrid in a disappointing game.
Mundo Deportivo: Barca says goodbye to the league. The Madrid win in Camp Nou and already has seven points of advantage in the absence of four days.
Gazzetta dello Sport (Italy): Finally it’s Camp Mou.
L’Equipe (France): The true measure of the champion.
Corrire della Sera (Italy): Mourinho, with the league in his hands. The Real blow to Barcelona.
Olé (Argentina): Must be acknowledged. This time, the duel between Messi and Ronaldo was for the Portuguese, who gave the victory in Camp Nou to Real Madrid and above all leads the scorers’ table with 42 goals.
A Bola (Portugal): Ronaldo decided the superclasico.
Record (Portugal): The calm of Ronaldo. CR7 makes the difference at the Camp Nou. Khedira opened the scoring, Alexis tied and Ronaldo settled the match.
The Sun (Great Britain): Joy for Mou at the Nou.
El Nuevo Herald (United States): Real Madrid wins 2-1 to Barcelona and moves away to the top.
Lance (Brasil): CR7 decides against Barca and Real close to the title.
7:14 pm • 21 April 2012 • 289 notes
It’s back… Who’s ready for another Clásico?
We didn’t forget. No, these past four months have felt like an El Clásico continuum that has taken over football? The media frenzy has spun entirely out of control, but nevertheless tomorrow is, once again, worth the hype.
If Barcelona doesn’t win another Clásico, then Real Madrid’s path to their first La Liga title since 2008 becomes ever-so-simple, like finishing a race in Mario Kart with Star Power. José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola both have one eye on the Champions League, but on Saturday night the spotlight shines entirely on the Camp Nou.
Here are some handpicked reading recommendations to help make your level of anticipation resemble geeks who sleep outside Apple stores waiting for the new iPhone:
- Graham Hunter on why Saturday’s Clásico offers redemption [ESPN]
- Ryan O’Hanlon has an imaginary conversation on why the Clásico is a good time [Vice]
- Jonathan Wilson on why Barcelona’s tactics keep everyone guessing [Fox]
- The strange ownership structure of Barcelona helps them succeed [Forbes]
- Sid Lowe on how easily Real Madrid score despite being called defensive [The Guardian]
Without further ado, what do you think will happen between the world’s greatest rivals?
[Posted by EB, image via]
7:06 pm • 20 April 2012 • 617 notes
Real Unhate, by Eduardo Salles.
Rivals, unite: Real Madrid x Barcelona. Manchester United x Liverpool. Boca Juniors x River Plate. América x Chivas. Inter x Milan. That’s the message.
Some will see these 5 hybrids of club crests as borderline blasphemy. After all, El Clásico is just around the corner and hatred is in the air. But why not embrace the discomfort? Sure, rivalries create some of the game’s highest highs and lowest lows. As Mexican artist Eduardo Salles states, “Politicians kiss one another, but true Unhate is shown in fútbol.” Salles is an optimist, of course. He sees the brotherhood that connects us all to the beautiful game and thinks this transcends any rivalry. That’s debatable, but here’s to peace and looking at rivals through a new lens…
[Posted by EB, via Cinismo Ilustrado]
2:52 am • 16 April 2012 • 360 notes
Is this the Clásico of the future on Pro Evolution Soccer 2022?
It’s already kind of getting to us. I know, I know, Real Madrid vs Barcelona isn’t until Saturday, but study breaks are already being filled with mock Clásicos on FIFA 12. I’m sure hundreds of millions of digital Clásicos will be played, this week alone. That’s why when I saw this, my jaw kind of dropped. It was probably around a 3.5 out of 10 on the jaw-dropping scale, if my ratings are in accordance with the stereotypical Russian judge in the Olympics.
Anyway, remember the Second Leg of the Champions League semi-final that ended 1-1 at the Camp Nou? Well, Gökhan Karadayi decided to Pro Evo-ize it in a video he entitled “Pro Evolution 2022.” I found myself searching eagerly for the ‘triangle button’ on my computer, mainly so Xavi would actually play a through ball. Konami, EA, the bar has been set. Anyway, AFR will be formally relaunching in a week (12/12), so mark it in your calendar!
12:18 pm • 5 December 2011 • 336 notes