For all the attention that football pays to the future - whether it’s the next match, the next transfer window or the next major international tournament - at its root, football is a sport obsessed with its own mythology. From the way that fans reminisce about decades-old glories, to the reverence they pay shuttered home grounds while comparing contemporary players to historic equivalents, the history of the sport is never far from mind.
And like any mythological system, football comes with its own pantheon of divinities; those few beings who surpassed their peers to a supernatural extent, and because of their exploits, remain fresh in the minds of fans no matter how many years have passed since their preeminence.
With that in mind, Zurich-based artist David Diehl sought to represent the almost religious fervor that fans demonstrate when thinking back to their icons, childhood heroes, and as David says, their “god on the green."
Be sure to check out David’s main site, as well as the site for the Football Icons project.
[Posted by Maxi]