Fútbol x Jorge Lawerta

Nestled somewhere between popular culture and a penchant for hard angles, Valencia-based illustrator Jorge Lawerta has a style that’s difficult to pin down. That said, no matter how he chooses to approach his subject, whether it’s a historic rivalry, a cultural representation of a city, or just a portrait of a player, Lawerta is always on point.

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Neil Lennon’s champagne dreams with a Kool-Aid budget

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Sitting there in the dugout was hard enough. He’d rather be running with his players, doing anything but sitting. So Neil Lennon got up. But standing wasn’t helpful, either.  “I was up and down and up and down,” he told reporters. “I was trying to stay calm, but inside my stomach was churning.”

He was living the final defining moments and seconds of his managerial career, and they were horrible. The type of minutes you want to hasten, not savour. Five minutes of stoppage time stood in the way of his Celtic — and it is increasingly becoming his, the imprint of his success becoming more and more indelible in this most historical year, its 125th, for the club, and the next round of the Champions League.

So Lennon chewed his gum. “It’s taking a pounding,” said one commentator. But he needn’t have worried. Georgios Samaras did such a good job possessing the ball – hording it, really, as he had all game, in the farthest corner of the field that time ticked off harmlessly. And then the whistle blew. Lennon threw his arms in the air, but, being one of the most effusive managers in the game, he did not bellow or run rampantly or bawl. He was stoic.

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"The Scottish Wall" seals a dream victory against the best of the best

By Allan Edgar

Barcelona in 14 competitive matches under new coach Tito Vilanova: 13 wins and a single home draw to Real Madrid. The Catalan giants arrived in Glasgow on the back of a victory over Celta Vigo which equalled the record points haul after ten matches in La Liga. Suffice to say, 125th anniversary or not, hosts Celtic were given little hope going into the match.

As a Celtic fan, I wasn’t nervous going into the match - I soaked up the atmosphere in the ‘fanzone’ in Glasgow in the afternoon looking forward to a festival of football later in the evening. When the draw was made, I bargained for nothing from two ties against a side whom I’ve been fortunate enough to see a handful of times home and away - they truly are a footballing phenomenon.

Just over two weeks ago, Celtic were tantalisingly close to a point at the catherdal of football, the famous Camp Nou. Jordi Alba’s scruffy late goal gave Barcelona what was, in hindsight, a deserved win for a team who not only dominated possession but created a number of clear-cut chances to be denied by Fraser Forster.

Barcelona had won the last two of their visits to Parkhead in recent years and as if the task didn’t seem tough enough; Celtic were missing three key players including captain Scott Brown and talisman Gary Hooper.

Like any good film script worth its salt; the occasion had all the necessary pre-requisites.

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Celebrating Celtic’s 125th anniversary

To commemorate the history and heritage of Celtic FC, in particular the ‘Lisbon Lions’ who won the 1967 European Cup against Inter Milan in Portugal, Nike launched a kit to honour the club’s 125th anniversary. They kept the strip simple, but the hint of boldness is inspired by Celtic’s first derby against Rangers, a match globally known as the Old Firm derby. The current manager and former player Neil Lennon explores the club’s history in a video narrated by comedian and lifelong fan Billy Connolly. [DV]

Melbourne Victory vs Celtic x Time Lapse and Tilt Shift Photography

On the 13th of July, photographer Joe Armao and Video journalist Dave Pavlich teamed up to capture the summer friendly between the Melbourne Victory and Celtic at AAMI Park Melbourne. The result is phenomenal. The two blended their respective artistic talents together and, as a result, created some stunning sequences and fascinating shots. Really, what’s not to love?

Aiden McGeady leaves Glasgow for Moscow so a new generation can emerge

Aiden McGeady, the pride of Celtic Park for so many years, has completed a reported £9.5-10m move to Spartak Moscow. Celtic fans will clearly be disappointed by this, as no one wants to lose a club hero like that. However, having personally spoken to Celtic manager Neil Lennon when Celtic were in Boston to play Sporting Lisbon, I think this is great news. Why? Well quite simply because Celtic need the money to rebuild their squad.

After losing 4-2 on aggregate in Champions League qualifying to Braga, it became clear that the runner-ups in the Scottish Premier League did not possess the class to compete with Europe’s elite. And though McGeady arguably was Celtic’s best player, £10m, if well-spent, can purchase 4, 5, or even 6 really solid professionals. The relatively recent £2.1 signing of young South Korean international Ki Sung-Yong is a prime example of the type of player Lennon should look for. Lennon told me that he wanted to add at least two more players to his squad before the SPL kicked off, and the Hoops desperately need to replace the lost Artuc Boruc, and quickly because their goalkeeper situation is in a fairly dire condition. So as one legend leaves, a new generation emerges?

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“Sweet Caroline” being sung around Fenway Park at halftime during the Football at Fenway match between Sporting Clube de Portugal and Celtic FC.

It’s was a great atmosphere here at the legendary baseball stadium, hosting football for the first time in over 40 years. “Sweet Caroline” is sung during the 7th inning stretch in all home games for the Red Sox at Fenway Park, so I guess you could say that halftime is appropriate for it as well.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon interview after “Football at Fenway” victory over Sporting

By Eric and Jordan Beard, writing from Boston

After the highly anticipated “Football at Fenway” match at the Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park between Celtic FC and Sporting Clube de Portugal, which Celtic won on penalties after regulation finished 1-1, Celtic manager Neil Lennon talked about the everything from the match to playing in a baseball stadium. We were able to ask him what he thought about the strong support shown by the Irish Celtic supporters in Boston and about the current situation of his squad, which he admitted needs a few more players. He was adamant that he needed a goalkeeper to replace Artuc Boruc, who has gone to Fiorentina. He also told us how this particular friendly against Sporting was a perfect warm-up for his side’s Champions League qualifying match against SC Braga on July 29th.

 

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Football at Fenway: Glasgow Celtic FC and Sporting Clube de Portugal set to play in landmark match in Boston, Massachusetts

By Eric & Jordan Beard

The day before Celtic is set to take on Sporting Lisbon in the first football match at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts in over 45 years, we were able to take in training sessions and a special presentation from the Red Sox organization involving both storied European clubs. This is undoubtedly a rather historic match for Red Sox fans, but it is worth noting that the Portuguese and Scottish players were certainly still in preseason mode Tuesday evening. Celtic were joking around on the pitch, kicking the ball against Fenway’s famous “Green Monster”. Sporting Lisbon were content practicing absurd flicks and skills. Though there was a relaxed atmosphere on the pitch, there were many important men and women supporting the event. From UK Consulate Generals to State Senators, all eyes in the area have been fixated on this novelty match that has already sold over 30,000 tickets. Though the players were not available for formal interview, we captured quite a bit of footage from the pre-match gathering.

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