A diverse view on the beautiful game & its heroes.
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The Art of Libero. From Ballon d’Or winners to the extinction in the 90s
Back in the day, football saw many exciting individual rivalries, despite being a collective game. For many decades, players were limited to their positions on the pitch, and they had strict do’s and don’ts. The life of a defender was both — a privilege and a nightmare, depending on the opponent. Every game featured 10 one on one duels. If a defender had to go against a player, like Alfredo Di Stefano or Eusebio, it was an exhausting experience for whole 90 minutes.
“It’s not about football — you simply have to be a good person” The idol of idols — Enzo Francescoli
His fame and legacy might be relatively unknown to the general audience. Enzo Francescoli never played for any of the European top sides, but the picture was completely opposite in South America. He was an undisputable leader of Uruguay, winning three Copa America titles and a star of the Argentine club River Plate. In Europe, his name was rather a part of local French and Italian football folklore. Nevertheless, he still had a major impact on some of the greatest names in football history.
Piero Gratton. A visionary designer who did the most beautiful AS Roma rebranding
The name of Piero Gratton is mostly known for the Lupetto of Roma — a minimalistic style-designed logo featuring the wolf’s head. In reality, his impact on the Roma identity and the way football clubs present themselves for the general audience is way more impressive. Gratton was a visionary, not just a simple graphic designer with one lucky design in his portfolio.
Challenging Nike & Adidas. The ambitious Castore brand building up its foundations in Scotland
If you are following Scottish football, you may have noticed that Rangers FC is playing in Castore designed kits in recent years. This summer, Castore presented a nicely designed Rangers 150th-anniversary kit and signed contracts with two English Premier League clubs - Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United.
"There's nobody I can't guard!" The inspirational journey of the NBA's most influential underdog & Sneaker King - P.J. Tucker
When you play 83 minutes in your rookie season and score just a bit more than 1 point per game, there is not that much chance to make it to the sophomore season. The number of players that seek their opportunity to get themselves into the NBA is immense. To get a second chance after a disappointing start is a ten times harder task. Still, it is possible. Players like P.J. Tucker are living proof that hard work can do wonders and give you a hard-earned opportunity to conquer the NBA headlines as a late bloomer.
The club of Aesthetics. How Venezia is making its comeback to Serie A led by Americans
Venice might be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, known for its endless canals and rich history. Still, it is a part of Italy. And Italy is football. In the case of the Venezia Football Club, being a part of a city with such an enormous cultural heritage has been a challenging experience throughout the decades. The May of 2021 might have been another turning point in a 114-year long journey of I Leoni ałati.
Nationalists or romantics? The myths and truths about Athletic Bilbao & its unique signing policy
The Basque Country or Euskadi has a long and mysterious history. It is home to some of the oldest archeological discoveries in Europe, such as hundreds of caves with ancient cave paintings that were made from 10 000 and up to 40 000 years ago. Basque language Euskara is a unique one - an isolated language that does not have any analogs or relatives among the existing languages.