The Oldest Footballer in England

Meet Dickie Borthwick. He’s approaching 79, and still plays football.

Beyond the immediate desire to want to kick around with him, this short film by Alex Knowles & James Callum focuses on a man who has been fortunate enough to share his whole life with the game. They made the film with the intent to dispel the myth that ‘old people are past it’ and instead introduce us to inspirational people with invaluable insight, exceptional passion, a never-ending supply of wonderful stories and a thirst for life that refuses to fade.

Mr. Borthwick notes that "football brings a lot of friends into your life… I’m there with young people all the time, playing football! At my age! What more can I ask for?" Cheers, Dickie, for reminding us to appreciate what we all have at our feet.

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Crossing the Chasm: The Polder Cup

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.

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Google x The World Cup

Whether it’s welcoming Pirlo to the Amazon, a bit of father’s day football, or celebrating a rematch of the World Cup final, Google have created unique homepage animations for every match.

The Cost of the Cup, by PEZ
Addressing the current emotions surrounding the World Cup in Brazil, the sketchbook of French artist PEZ captures the heart of the issues at hand.
Depicting the opinions of many Brazilians who consider the cost of the World Cup to be excessive, PEZ uses line, shape and an instantly recognizable figure to represent a typical favela buckling under the weight of geopolitical concerns and currency. [Posted by Nathen]

The Cost of the Cup, by PEZ

Addressing the current emotions surrounding the World Cup in Brazil, the sketchbook of French artist PEZ captures the heart of the issues at hand.

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Bounce by Guillaume Blanchet

Two years of travel. Two years of play. Filmmaker Guillaume Blanchet has journeyed across the world with a ball at his feet. Through sand, grass, concrete and snow, the ball always bounced back. And thankfully, Guillaume brought his camera along for the ride.

Eight by Eight Magazine x The World Cup

While they won’t be lifting any cups with 800 million people watching, Eight by Eight Magazine have gone all out to do the world’s biggest sporting event justice in their new World Cup issue.

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Louder than words: Brazilian graffiti clashes against the World Cup

While the protests that took place during last summer’s Confederations Cup were overwhelming and affecting, recent news out of Brazil suggests that what we saw last year might have only been a precursor to a larger movement set to convene just as the World Cup looks to kick off in less than two weeks. 

From teachers to doctors, artists to indigenous populations, the Brazilian population is once again uniting against a perceived neglect on the part of the Brazilian government. With taxpayer funds gone missing, local businesses shunned in favor of multinational conglomerates, and many Brazilians left in an unstable position as both housing costs and forceful evictions increase, Brazilians are angry, and rightfully so. 

But while last summer’s protests focused upon mass gatherings as a primary means to garner international attention, organizers and frustrated Barzilians have shifted tactics, utilizing a variety of platforms to spread their message. And what could be more arresting for visitors to Brazil than anti-World Cup graffiti in the cities hosting matches?

Here’s to Brazilians taking a stand and making their voices heard. In any way possible. [Posted by Maxi]

Street art to welcome the World Cup

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Playing on top of Rio de Janeiro

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