"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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Neymar’s Alternate Universes

It wasn’t a dive. It only looked like one on TV. [via BolanasCostas]

Bayern closes a red curtain on the Champions League

The two most deserving, entertaining teams in Europe made it to the Champions League final, so a classic was always going to be on the cards. Dortmund and Bayern tossed aside European giants left and right, and in the end we were left with a final at Wembley decided by Arjen Robben’s left foot. We close the red curtain on the Champions League, but remember just how spectacular it was. Even in defeat, Dortmund and Mr. Jürgen Klopp amassed thousands of fans, and we cannot wait to see the Yellow Wall come back with a bang next season. A hearty congratulations to Bayern, who have had a truly unbelievable season. [Posted by Eric. GIFs by Dale con Comba]

One final farewell to Beckham

From the sponsorships to the movie star lifestyle, David Beckham always seemed on the cusp of his career as a professional athlete being less important than his life on talk shows or in photoshoots. But looking back on his career that spans over two decades, the man had it (mostly) figured out. There were certainly highs and lows, but ultimately no one conquered football, and the world of sports at large, quite like David. As he walked off the pitch one last time, it’s clear how much he loved the game. [GIFs by Dale con Comba]

"Super Cristiano" by Gonza Rodriguez and Dale con Comba
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The moment for Real Madrid to rise is here. La Decima is close, and Cristiano Ronaldo has been crucial to the club’s Champions League success, snatching one clutch goal after another. The consistency is as impressive as the number of goals being tallied, and now we wait to see if the super number 7 can continue his streak. [This piece was GIF’d by Dale con Comba, and originally featured in the March issue of Argentina’s El Grafico]

"Super Cristiano" by Gonza Rodriguez and Dale con Comba

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Flipping Ronaldinho

The magic of the man with golden feet and terrible teeth has been captured in flipbook form, and we’re still stunned by what Etoilec1 has created. Ronaldinho’s finest moments in all their aesthetic brilliance have been condensed to a few sheets of paper, but the final product only blows us away just as much as the original masterpieces. You can almost hear the “Olé” as the paper skips.

This is Hadokick-ing and it is brilliant.
The KICKTV team took Hadoken-ing to the next level, and now they’re challenging everyone to Hadokick. Weekend project. Boom.

This is Hadokick-ing and it is brilliant.

The KICKTV team took Hadoken-ing to the next level, and now they’re challenging everyone to Hadokick. Weekend project. Boom.

At SXSW? Spend some time with AFR and KICKTV

The nerds have united. All those musicians you’ve never heard of, except for that one band that you vaguely know from college are here. And so are we. This weekend we’ll be at Fado representing AFR and Tumblr’s football community Tumblr FC at KICKTV’s Kegs & Eggs event.

There will be footy on TV. There will be FIFA. And yes, there may even be a little 3v3 tournament that unleashes itself onto Austin. Keep your eye on the Jimmy Conrad and Dennis Crowley dream team. If you’re around, we’ll see you there. If your friend’s around, tell them to get down here and kick around. [Event RSVP. Get in touch on Twitter. GIFs by Dale Con Comba. Posted by Eric]

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