"It’s A Beautiful Game"
As we welcome in 2014, we collaborated with Dan Leydon to take a step back and reflect on the simple joy of kicking a ball.
Paying homage to the wonderful It’s A Magical World comic, Calvin and Hobbes became Carles (Puyol) and Leo (Messi).
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While headlines rightfully focus on revealing FIFA’s 8 circles of corruption or the insanity of footballers begging for an extra £15,000-a-week in wages, it’s important to remember why we love this game. Whether it was staying out to play until the sun disappeared or grabbing a ball with a friend and hitting free kicks in six inches of snow, these are the roots of the game, and they’re worth remembering.
Thank you all for your support in 2013. Here’s to a New Year!

- Eric and the entire AFR Team

Oh, and you should follow Dan Leydon on Twitter & Tumblr.

"It’s A Beautiful Game"

As we welcome in 2014, we collaborated with Dan Leydon to take a step back and reflect on the simple joy of kicking a ball.

Paying homage to the wonderful It’s A Magical World comic, Calvin and Hobbes became Carles (Puyol) and Leo (Messi).

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AFC vs LFC by Dan Leydon

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As close as you can get to tracking Messi
The living legend’s finally showing up for his nation, and Argentina are swiftly on their way to qualifying for the World Cup. This past weekend, Lionel Messi was in fine form as Argentina beat Venezuela 3-0. TV Publica in Argentina had a camera on Leo the whole match, and while it’s not Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, this compilation is just as mesmerizing. [Posted by Eric]

As close as you can get to tracking Messi

The living legend’s finally showing up for his nation, and Argentina are swiftly on their way to qualifying for the World Cup. This past weekend, Lionel Messi was in fine form as Argentina beat Venezuela 3-0. TV Publica in Argentina had a camera on Leo the whole match, and while it’s not Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, this compilation is just as mesmerizing. [Posted by Eric]

Whatever you call this sport, we want in.

Whatever you call this sport, we want in.

Welcome back, J. League!

Japan’s top football competition, the J. League, might have barely kicked off earlier this month, but the supporters already seem to be in mid-season form. Scarcely two years since the debilitating 2011 Tōhoku earthquake that left parts of Japan devastated, both the country and domestic game are recovering. Here’s to Japan. [Posted by Maxigifs via icantfeelmyarms]

The night Roman returns. By Gonza Rodriguez x Dale con Comba.
The Argentine Clausura is in full force, but tonight Juan Roman Riquelme returns to La Bombonera to suit up for Boca Juniors. After a long spell of contemplating retirement, tonight will be the first time JRR is playing in 8 months, and for the occasion our two incredible jefes capos artists based in South America created something special.

The night Roman returns. By Gonza Rodriguez x Dale con Comba.

The Argentine Clausura is in full force, but tonight Juan Roman Riquelme returns to La Bombonera to suit up for Boca Juniors. After a long spell of contemplating retirement, tonight will be the first time JRR is playing in 8 months, and for the occasion our two incredible jefes capos artists based in South America created something special.

North London shakes. The derby is here.

With the Gareth Bale show™ in full force, all eyes will be on White Hart Lane tomorrow for a little rendezvous between Arsene and AVB’s men. While Wenger has insisted Bale can be stopped, Spurs sit above the Gunners in the table and are on course for that precious 4th spot in the Champions League. If Spurs win, Arsenal can probably kiss those annual Champions League dreams goodbye. If Arsenal come away with a win, everything will be wide open. [Images by Ryu Voelkel & Clive Rose, GIFed by Dale con Comba]

The official poster for the 2014 World Cup, animated by our man Dale con Comba

The official poster for the 2014 World Cup, animated by our man Dale con Comba

A morning like any other, by Dan Leydon
After Messi picked up his fourth consecutive Ballon D’Or, I thought AFR’s audience would appreciate the humour of my take on where he keeps the trophies themselves. I wanted to communicate how unaffected by personal trophies he is. After some deliberation I came to the conclusion that the best way to do this was to show him integrating the pieces into his everyday life. In a way, this mundane task also humanises him.
In reference to the artwork itself, I’ve wanted to do comics that communicate without using speech. Hopefully they are that bit more immersive than my regular work.
We’re delighted to feature Dan’s work on AFR. Find him on: Twitter / Tumblr / Etsy.

A morning like any other, by Dan Leydon

After Messi picked up his fourth consecutive Ballon D’Or, I thought AFR’s audience would appreciate the humour of my take on where he keeps the trophies themselves. I wanted to communicate how unaffected by personal trophies he is. After some deliberation I came to the conclusion that the best way to do this was to show him integrating the pieces into his everyday life. In a way, this mundane task also humanises him.

In reference to the artwork itself, I’ve wanted to do comics that communicate without using speech. Hopefully they are that bit more immersive than my regular work.

We’re delighted to feature Dan’s work on AFR. Find him on: Twitter / Tumblr / Etsy.

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