A Footballer’s Essentials
Gerrard can’t leave the dressing room without his armband. Zizou hit the pitch in his iconic golden boots. With a minimalist approach, illustrator TheLimeBath captures the essentials that the world’s best footballers need to control the game.
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A Footballer’s Essentials

Gerrard can’t leave the dressing room without his armband. Zizou hit the pitch in his iconic golden boots. With a minimalist approach, illustrator TheLimeBath captures the essentials that the world’s best footballers need to control the game.

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Moments in Football

Richard Swarbrick is back. This time he’s taken his work off the screen, literally mending the art of football with the sound that surrounds the beautiful game. On an old record player, naturally. From Zlatan’s bicycle to Higuita’s insanity to Baggio’s disbelief, those legendary moments have been brought into a new light. Check out Richard’s Fantasista project and watch the video here.

"Zizou dances in Madrid" - by Dan Leydon
"I’ve never appraoched Zidane as a subject for illustration before. What always struck me about his style of play was his grace of movement. I wanted to show him in a quite skillful pose so I went with the behind the leg drag back. I even toyed with putting a pink tutu on him as a humorous nod to his balletic movements."
We’re delighted to feature Dan’s work on AFR. Find him on: Twitter / Tumblr / Etsy.

"Zizou dances in Madrid" - by Dan Leydon

"I’ve never appraoched Zidane as a subject for illustration before. What always struck me about his style of play was his grace of movement. I wanted to show him in a quite skillful pose so I went with the behind the leg drag back. I even toyed with putting a pink tutu on him as a humorous nod to his balletic movements."

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

Thoughtful Thursday: Would you want Zidane as your club’s manager?

Zinedine Zidane in Canada for disadvantaged Children - Montreal

"Right now, I am learning and Florentino has given me great freedom to learn all the aspects of Madrid. My dream, some day, is to be manager of the club." - Zinedine Zidane.

Zizou, now working as an advisor to Real president Florentino Perez, admitted in an interview he has enjoyed life back at the Bernabeu since re-joining the club seven months ago.

We all have dreams, and that’s all and good, but do you think Zidane would make a good manager? I could see it in 5-10 years, but the guy needs experience. You don’t just hop into the position of manager at a club like Real Madrid. But even Pep Guardiola had to coach the Barcelona ‘B’ squad for a bit before he got his shot. That being said, I wouldn’t even place a free bet against him turning into a great manager.

Zidane was obviously an unprecedented midfielder, and a truly great captain for France. Every footballer in the world would put his ego aside under the great Zizou, so respect would probably not be an issue. The question is, could a player that saw the game in a way almost no one else could be a successful manager? Sounds like easy question. I hardly doubt his tactical knowledge his something to scoff at. But you never know, the sheer magnitude of the transition from player to coach can be a problematic gap to hurdle for a decent amount of players trying to make it as gaffers.

So the true question for me is, where should he take his first job? Perhaps a La Liga side with lower expectations would suffice, like Getafe (aka Real Madrid fan club). Now we open Pandora’s box. Let me hit both extremes of the spectrum. He could simply do the ‘Pep’ and coach Real’s up-and-comers, oh those little Galacticinos. Or he could headbutt Raymond Domenech out of position as France manager and do his BA thing to win France the World Cup. My god I would love the latter to happen, but we all have dreams.

Anyway, go on and make your bonus bet with the AFR masses! Will he be one of Real’s greatest managers ever or will he go on to only be wanted by Notts County in 20 years?

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