Football Never Stops with Magista

The line "Creativity has a new name" took to Twitter and footballers like Andres Iniesta, Mario Gotze and David Luiz claimed that the future of football has arrived. Well, what are your thoughts?

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Andres Iniesta: “You learn fast that possesion is king. And that never changes.”

Many began their development on the streets or in a playground, a stage which would then take plenty of aspiring footballers to the next level, the 5-aside arena, where futsal is played. A style of football religiously practised throughout South America and Spain, where illustrious names such as Redondo, Ronaldinho and Iniesta mastered the art of this game that revolves around fast touches and controlling the ball in small confined areas. It became a key influence behind their technical abilities and the widely praised ‘tiki-taka’ performed by Iniesta on a weekly basis. And as he points out, possession is key.

To celebrate Iniesta’s style of play and the launch of the new mint green Elastico Finale II shoe, Nike took Iniesta back to his roots, to Fuentealbilla, his hometown and to his ground. Where a much younger talented kid mastered the game of futsal, before jumping into the Albacete youth set-up and then joining Barcelona at the age of 12.

Although the game changed from 5 men to 11 as Iniesta grew up, his style and ability hasn’t, they remain loyal to futsal, which clearly shaped him into the world class player he is today. This is my ground. [Posted by Dom]

Daydreaming with Iniesta
"I realised how much I admire Iniesta as a player and a person after reading Graham Hunter’s BARCA book. I love his style of play. He is the epitome of skill, but what hits home is his personality. The guy seems to be so humble and appreciative of his position in life. With him being so down to earth, I wanted to show him in an everyday situation while simultaneously reminding us that everything starts as a dream.” - Dan Leydon
Find Dan’s work on: Twitter / Tumblr / Etsy / AFR.

Daydreaming with Iniesta

"I realised how much I admire Iniesta as a player and a person after reading Graham Hunter’s BARCA book. I love his style of play. He is the epitome of skill, but what hits home is his personality. The guy seems to be so humble and appreciative of his position in life. With him being so down to earth, I wanted to show him in an everyday situation while simultaneously reminding us that everything starts as a dream.” - Dan Leydon

Find Dan’s work on: Twitter / Tumblr / Etsy / AFR.

Andrés Iniesta; master puppeteer

Earlier here on AFR we wondered just how influential Andrés Iniesta would be in the first leg of the Supercopa de España Clasico. What we were subject to must surely rank amongst the great individual performances of the last few years. His footwork was staggering; his vision, as always, near flawless – if not for the little Argentine out in front of him, he’d surely be due a Ballon d’Or. 

In 2000, as Pep Guardiola’s playing career at the Camp Nou was coming to a close, he and Xavi wandered over to watch Barcelona B; where a young Iniesta is playing. ‘Xavi,’ said Guardiola, ‘you are going to replace me, but watch out for this young guy, because he’ll retire all of us.’ How fortunate the future manager was to have them both over the past four years.

Take it all in. There’s no footballer quite like him. [MG]

Will Iniesta pull the strings in tonight’s ‘El Clásico’?

It’s probably the most spoken about rivalry in modern football, Real Madrid vs Barcelona, simply known as El Clásico. Nike have launched a new video promoting their latest CTR360 boot featuring the visionary Andres Iniesta. Although it’s not explicitly described, it’s evident that the white opponents represent Barcelona’s eternal rivals, Real Madrid. It may only the first leg of the Supercopa de España but everybody wants to win and from a Blaugrana perspective, Iniesta will be pulling the strings. [DV]

Iker Casillas and Andrés Iniesta go around asking for autographs

Courtesy of fairly convincing acting skills, Iker and Andrés were able to strike sheer bewilderment into those walking down a typical street en España. Instead of being exposed to hundreds of fans begging for an autograph, the two Spain legends were the ones asking for autographs of the men and women they met in the latest Liga BBVA advest. The conversation between Casillas and the first woman he talks to provides the essence of the impalpable encounters these average fans experienced.

  • Iker asks, “Could you sign an autograph for me?”
  • The woman replies, “Me? But I’m not famous. You’re famous.”

The idea behind the footage is a sort of ‘Yes, I’m famous. But can’t I still adore you?’. And for fans, that is a brilliant concept. It’s also probably a dream, but you never know right? [Subscribe to AFR]

Spain’s Elite Try Their Best To Sell Football Kits. They also put on a show at Stade de France

While I have to say that the Adidas’ new away kit for Spain looks quite fresh, it turns out that:

1) There are people in Spain who don’t know who Xabi Alonso and David Villa are

and

2) The economy in Spain is so bad that some of the best players in the world cannot even sell the shirt that they’ll be wearing. Times are tough people, times are tough.

Nevertheless, the shirt is class. If I find myself with a little extra in the bank due to some World Cup Bettingthen you’ll probably see me with a long-sleeve Iniesta jersey. By the way, if you didn’t see how Spain embarrassed France at the Stade de France last night courtesy of swag-filled strikes from David Villa and Sergio Ramos, the highlights of the World Cup favourites (in their new navy kits) are embedded after the jump.

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