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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And in 1951, there was light on Arsenal’s pitch
The match finished Arsenal 3-2 Glasgow Rangers. There were 62,000 in attendance, and the date was October 17, 1951. If it looks both surreal and completely normal, that’s because there are two senses of novelty at play, for the crowd and for a fan in 2013. At the time, this was only the second match at Highbury that Arsenal played under floodlights. The scene is complete film noir, which - after a little digging - revealed that there’s a film from a 1939 called The Arsenal Stadium Mystery. This match also confirmed a long-standing friendly relationship between Rangers and Arsenal. No camera crews. No advertisements. Just fans and football. [Click for high-res. via Reddit]

And in 1951, there was light on Arsenal’s pitch

The match finished Arsenal 3-2 Glasgow Rangers. There were 62,000 in attendance, and the date was October 17, 1951. If it looks both surreal and completely normal, that’s because there are two senses of novelty at play, for the crowd and for a fan in 2013. At the time, this was only the second match at Highbury that Arsenal played under floodlights. The scene is complete film noir, which - after a little digging - revealed that there’s a film from a 1939 called The Arsenal Stadium Mystery. This match also confirmed a long-standing friendly relationship between Rangers and Arsenal. No camera crews. No advertisements. Just fans and football. [Click for high-res. via Reddit]

Through Ryu’s Lens: The Unseen Scotland

The game? Montrose vs Rangers in the Scottish 3rd division. It wasn’t sexy, it wasn’t a great occasion. But these away days for Rangers fans have become rather infamous, as the Scottish giants have been forced to travel to small venues since being relegated after going into financial administration. But despite a lack of a luxurious stadium, both clubs were still backed by their loyal supporters. In Ryu’s words: "Great atmosphere. Terrible match." The match ended as a 4-2 win for Rangers, so it couldn’t have been that bad (right?), but it’s probably fair enough.

Interact with Ryu on twitter @Toksuede and check his Flickr. Posted by Eric.

Betting on “The Fear” in Football

By Mike Chalmers, writing from Edinburgh

Handing over your hard-earned pocket money for the chance to win more is “a mug’s game”* and something I cannot advocate. That being said, I have a system which I guarantee** will be fruitful. It’s no secret that I’m a Rangers fan and may write about them more than other teams, but I’ll try not to (present article excluded).

*My Dad’s saying, despite being the most prolific gambler I know.

**I cannot guarantee this in any way, whatsoever.

The majority of people I know who watch and bet on football prefer ‘folds’. They will pick multiple games and decide who will win, draw or lose. They only win if all their choices are correct but they win the accumulated odds of all games. Generally they will never choose ‘draw’ and intentionally choose games where they believe they can predict a winner. I have friends and family who will win this relatively often. Maybe 1 in 4. I never win this way. Ever. I tend to overthink it (or get stuck in The Anchoring Trap) but the teams I’m slightly unsure about will win no problem and my “bankers” lose. I may have played this way dozens of times. Clearly I needed something else (although I will, no doubt, try this every once in a while).

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Mike Chalmers is a writer, a filmmaker, and a photographer. But more importantly, he’s a football fan, as well as AFR’s newest addition to our team! Mike is Scottish and currently resides in the culturally rich city of Edinburgh. He’s a Rangers, Scotland, and Birmingham fan, though he was a Chelsea supporter from the age of 5 - 10.

But, in general, Mike is a fan of the sport and doesn’t hold much of a bias. He used to go to lots of Rangers games, but was put off by some questionable incidents off the pitch. Recently he has gone to many Scotland home & away matches as part of the Tartan Army, as it’s a more friendly and enjoyable experience. Mike made a drama pilot about football management that was intended for film festivals, but is being held back as he develops a larger script with the aim to make a short television series.

Embedded above is one of Mike’s short films, entitled “Support”. The film captures the unequivocal atmosphere surrounding a Hibernian home match at Easter Road against Rangers in 2008 towards the end of the Scottish Premier League campaign. So give Mike a warm welcome and show your support for a creative Scotsman with a pure passion for the beautiful game!

(Source: cheekychip)

Champions League Tuesday is back!

By Dominic Vieira, writing from Portugal

The wait is finally over! Tonight at the usual 19:45PM (GMT) TV’s will be buzzing with Champions League football once again! The favourites to lift the trophy at Wembley on May the 28th are generally the same as always with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester United and Real Madrid being classified as the front runners. However, this competition is notorious for surprises and it’s guaranteed there will be several along the path to the final. Who would you put your money on?

Group A

Inter Milan’s title defence commences with a trip to The Netherlands to take on Eredivisie champions FC Twente who are will make their Champions League debut. Michel Preud’homme’s side started the season in top form conceding one goal and recording zero defeats. Rafa Benitez will be without the instrumental Dejan Stankovic and Thiago Motta but there are other options available. Starting the tournament in winning form is crucial and Inter Milan are up against a strong side.

The other fixture in the group is between Werder Bremen and Tottenham, two teams which qualified through the play-off. Tottenham’s first appearance in the lucrative tournament will be a colossal challenge Germany and there last European away game concluded with a 3-2 defeat. Fortunately their opponents are without their two strarting centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Naldo who are ruled out with injuries. Will it make things easier for Harry Redknapp?

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Barack Obama wished the US squad good luck at the White House, and we talked to Maurice Edu about it!

By Eric Beard, writing from Boston

Maurice Edu said he “had never met this President before” because he met George W. Bush during his days playing college soccer with Maryland. This time around, however, “Mo” seemed a little more excited about President Obama. We were able to chat with the Glasgow Rangers & US Men’s National Team midfielder about what this experience means to him. We also talked to him about what his role is for the US Men’s National Team. The interview is above, and the picture and video of the US squad’s trip to the White House is below. Former President Bill Clinton and current Vice-President Joe Biden joined Obama in wishing the squad good luck. Clinton is a member of the United States 2018/2022 World Cup Bid committee, and was President back in 1994 when the US hosted the World Cup.

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Malicious Monday: Kyle Lafferty gives Rangers’ mascot, Broxi Bear, a proper Scottish hug

After the Glasgow Rangers were officially deemed the champions of the Scottish Premier League, there were joyous celebrations to follow among Rangers’ supporters. The players joined in as well, and so did Rangers’ mascot, Broxi Bear. As Mr. Bear was pumping up the crowd, Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty had so much energy/testosterone running through him that decided to go ahead and tackle the mascot. Of course, this is only considered a nice little hug in Scotland. Well in lad… And congrats to Rangers fans on their 53rd SPL title. [found via our friend Brooks over at Dirty Tackle]

Actually, this isn’t a rave. It’s a Rangers - Hibernian match. Isn’t that reason enough to party?

These Rangers supporters start off by teasing the Hibernian over their fourth goal, which is proper support. But once “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas comes on, these fans show their true colours. With one supporter revealing his hipster/raver identity, the lad is relentless with his moves on the dance floor. Oh wait, that’s row Z.

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