Vintage, 8-bit Ronaldinho
On the Seine, red lights and wild sensation
Gave way to greater fire and contest
Madrid ignored the revelation
For despite the wonder he possessed and showcased fortnightly
The Brazilian had features closed to commercial exploitation
Beckham’s hair and face impressed, and introduced us to Keira Knightley
Though the joke would always be on them
As that grin full of genius brought a bucket of trophies to the Catalan men.
We’re delighted to be working with Matheus, the man behind 8-bit Football, as we head into 2013. Poetry by Max Grieve and Eric Beard.

Vintage, 8-bit Ronaldinho

On the Seine, red lights and wild sensation

Gave way to greater fire and contest

Madrid ignored the revelation

For despite the wonder he possessed and showcased fortnightly

The Brazilian had features closed to commercial exploitation

Beckham’s hair and face impressed, and introduced us to Keira Knightley

Though the joke would always be on them

As that grin full of genius brought a bucket of trophies to the Catalan men.

We’re delighted to be working with Matheus, the man behind 8-bit Football, as we head into 2013. Poetry by Max Grieve and Eric Beard.

Nelson Mandela: The Liverpool FC Supporter
We had to dig deep for this one. It turns out the legendary South African human rights and anti-apartheid activist was able to meet Liverpool when the club was on tour in South Africa in the summer of 1994. Serving as the President of South Africa in ‘94, Mandela was proudly presented with a Reds shirt by John Barnes, the club’s captain. 
In a 2003 interview with the FA, John Barnes admitted that he was lucky enough to spend three surreal hours talking with Mandela. Barnes said, "Even as a kid, I didn’t have heroes that I would chase for their autograph. But Mandela was different - he is the only man I have been properly in awe of… I am not ashamed to say I had my picture taken with him and it hangs proudly on my wall at home." It was during those three hours that Mandela told Barnes that he was a fan of Liverpool FC. 
The spark that led to a little research on the Mandela-Liverpool connection came from a “105 celebrity fans" article on Liverpool’s official website from 2003, which also includes the likes of Dr. Dre, Pope John Paul II, Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry, Elvis Costello, and Michael Schumacher…
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Nelson Mandela: The Liverpool FC Supporter

We had to dig deep for this one. It turns out the legendary South African human rights and anti-apartheid activist was able to meet Liverpool when the club was on tour in South Africa in the summer of 1994. Serving as the President of South Africa in ‘94, Mandela was proudly presented with a Reds shirt by John Barnes, the club’s captain.

In a 2003 interview with the FA, John Barnes admitted that he was lucky enough to spend three surreal hours talking with Mandela. Barnes said, "Even as a kid, I didn’t have heroes that I would chase for their autograph. But Mandela was different - he is the only man I have been properly in awe of… I am not ashamed to say I had my picture taken with him and it hangs proudly on my wall at home." It was during those three hours that Mandela told Barnes that he was a fan of Liverpool FC. 

The spark that led to a little research on the Mandela-Liverpool connection came from a “105 celebrity fans" article on Liverpool’s official website from 2003, which also includes the likes of Dr. Dre, Pope John Paul II, Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry, Elvis Costello, and Michael Schumacher…

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FC Barcelona vs. Brazil in 1999 - The Full Match

The beginning of the week is never enjoyable, but let’s lessen the dosage of suffering with a glorious find on Youtube. 1999 was FC Barcelona’s centenary year and the whole season was quite the celebration of everything FC Barcelona. The highlight of the season (apart from winning the league title) was a friendly match on the 28th of April against the boys from Brazil who finished 2nd in the 1998 World Cup.

Ronaldo (the original) and Romario were making their return to the Camp Nou, but all eyes were on FC Barcelona maestro Rivaldo. Before the game, Rivaldo said he was happy to wear the Blaugrana jersey, but country won over club and Rivaldo played for his homeland. Legends were aplenty, as Figo (before the Real Madrid transfer) put on a show. Pep Guardiola started the match, but was subbed off at half time. Who subbed him off? Well, a certain young Catalan midfielder named Xavi. The match ended 2-2, and it was a real spectacle for all involved. (Full line-ups listed in the description of the video)

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