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Asamoah Gyan Becomes Latest Ghanaian Hero To Be Given Strange, Lumpy Statue In Kumasi (Photo)

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Asamoah Gyan has become the latest Ghana international to receive a questionable sculptural homage, just days after Michael Essien was immortalised in weird, angular form by a local artist.

Essien's harrowing statue was unveiled in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi last Wednesday, with the entire internet recoiling in horror in unison at first sight.

Football Art: New Official World Cup Poster For Russia 2018 Is Really Rather прекрасная (Photo)

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With just three days to go until the final group stage draw for the 2018 World Cup is made in Moscow, FIFA have unfurled the official poster that will accompany the tournament in Russia next year.

Produced by artist Igor Gurovich, the poster features legendary Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin front and centre, clawing a giant football out of the sky in front of a delightfully geometric, Soviet-ish background.

The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression, number 8

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Luis Suarez, eh? He's big news. As surely as a team coached by Fabio Capello plungeheadlong into igniminious early elimination at each and every World Cup, Luis Suarez will find a way to make his presence felt. Usually by biting your shoulder. Although I believe that Branislav Ivanovic got off with the old ear nibble.

The 200% World Cup: The Artistic Genius Of David Squires

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Some of you will already be aware of a very good friend of this site, the cartoonist David Squires, who was gracious enough to draw a whole series of Mungo for us several years ago as has built himself a formidable reputation off the back of his beautiful and hilarious artwork. Well, David has been very busy over the last few days and has been gracious enough to allow us to show his artwork off to the readers of this website.

The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression, number 7

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As the noted philosopher Chris Martin from Coldplay says, "everything's not lost". Only England could be so down and out yet do itin such a way that there is still a sliver of hope. After all, it's the hope that kills you and as another noted philosopher stated last night, supporting England isn't supposed to be easy.

The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression, number 6

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As the noted football pundit Sir Elton John so sagely pointed out, it's the circle of life. It's the wheel of fortune. He was probably drawing on the philosophy of Boethius, whom I believe was a classmate of Sir Tim Rice's at Lancing College.

It's my belief that history is a wheel.

The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression number 5

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Goalkeepers win, and lose, football matches. There's no other position quite like it and one of the key reasons that goalkeepers are a different breed from the rest of us. Taller, if nothing else. And with big hands. Big meaty hands. Hairy old meat.

This old truism was proven once again last night.

The 200% World Cup: Brazil vs Mexico Live! In MS Paint!

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Good evening one, and good evening all. Tonight, we will be bringing you yet another live blog, this time of the Group A match between Brazil and Mexico, and we'll be doing it with a twist. According to the French mathematician Emile Borel, if you give an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters, one of them will come up with the complete works of Shakespeare.

The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression number 4

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Today, our lump-handed twit of an artist Dotmund has drawn on the deep well of depictions of the complex feelings of grief that have prevailed throughout the history of European art.

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The 200% World Cup – Artist’s Impression number 3

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As Arthur Blochwrites inMurphy's Law," to err is human, but to really foul up requires a computer". If last night's match between France and Honduras taught us anything, it's that BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce may yet occupy a space beyond even that. In the heart of Brazilian cowboy country last night in Porto Alegre, he had what is probably best described as a bit of a mare.

The 200% World Cup: England in Brazil, 1950

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Roy Hodgson's white and the wrong-sort-of-blue army kick off tonight to begin England's 2014 World Cup campaign. But, of course, it's not the first time that our brave, plucky, Three Lions on a shirt, lads have done so. England's first ever World Cup took place in Brazil back in the days that ITV were just a twinkling in a madman's eye.

The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression Number 2

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Like all good, clean-living people, our artist Dotmund (who is nothing much like either of those things) got completelyswept up in last night's thrilling match between Spain and the Netherlands, so today's artist's impression is a bumper double-bill. Think of it as one of those summer editions of comics you used to get when you were a child.

The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression number 1

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Every morningduring the World Cup we are going to send an expeditionary force down to the fetid lair of our semi-trained hominid and resident artist Dotmund to prod him with a stick and see if he's got any drawings of the previous night's action lying around. This morning's dawn raid yielded fruit, as he mourns those players on the fringes of the Brazilian squad who just missed out on the final 23.

The 200% World Cup: Dotmund’s Red Card Frenzy, Parts 20 To 25

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It's time for the final instalment of Dotmund's Red Card Frenzy this morning, and this finale features Spain, Switzerland, the United States of America and Uruguay, as well as a very peculiar concept called "no red cards."

The cards featured in this set are available to buy over the internet.

The 200% World Cup: Dotmund’s Red Card Frenzy, Parts 17-20

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And so to the next in our series of pre-tournament football arts from that lovable scamp Dotmund, who today has stories of misfortune and distemper from Nigeria, Portugal, Russia & South Korea.

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The 200% World Cup: England & Jimmy Hill The Redeemer

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Banks, Cohen, Wilson, Stiles, J. Charlton, Moore, Ball, R. Charlton, Hurst, Peters, Hunt. The eleven names any football-obsessed English youngster knows. Although a significant proportion of these youngsters are now in their thirties and forties.

Yes, forty-eight years is a long time. Two generations have come and gone since England accidentally won the World Cup on Saturday 30th July, 1966.

The 200% World Cup: Dotmund’s Red Card Frenzy – Parts 13 to 16

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We continue our series of Dotmund's history of sendings off at the World Cup finals because, if we're honest, everything else is being written elsewhere this evening, with Honduras, Italy, Cote d'Ivoire and Mexico.

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Kits & fashion

Football Art: Excellent Retro-Flecked Illustrations Of Current Footballers Wearing Classic Kits Of Yesteryear (Photos)

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Jimmy O'Mara is a graphic designer by trade and the man behind Manchester-based design studio Entire Design.

He's recently found himself a whole flock of new fans with a line of illustrations he's created showing current-day footballers wearing classic kits because, chiefly, they're all rather brilliant.

On The Money: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Immortalised On Swedish 1,000 Krona Bank Note (Photo)

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He may be out of a job at the moment, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still very much in the money or on the money, as the case may be.

Having already been immortalised in postage stamp form, the Swedish super-duperstar has been further honoured by having his face added to the 1,000 krona bank note.

Culture

Football Icons, by David Diehl For all the attention that...

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Football Icons, by David Diehl

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.

Cristiano x Azulejo The pride of old and contemporary Portugal...

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Cristiano xAzulejo

The pride of old and contemporary Portugal collide.Designer Charis Tsevis created a series of Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired mosaic illustrations based on the great Portuguese tradition of Azulejo.

64 games. 64 seconds. - An Animation By Ruckspiel The football...

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64 games. 64 seconds. - An Animation By Ruckspiel

The football collective Ruckspiel decided to create a video installation called Playplan, capturing the 2014 World Cup.

The Oldest Footballer in England Meet Dickie Borthwick....

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The Oldest Footballer in England

Meet Dickie Borthwick. He's approaching 79, and still plays football.

Beyond the immediate desire to want to kick around with him, this short film by Alex Knowles & James Callum focuses on a man who has been fortunate enough to share his whole life with the game.

Crossing the Chasm: The Polder Cup Whether it’s a...

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Crossing the Chasm: The Polder Cup

Whether it's a controversy over goal-line technology, a linesman plastered across newspapers after a dubious call, or a referee put to the sword after falling prey to a bit of simulation in the box, football is a sport preoccupied with its own minutiae.

Google x The World Cup Whether it’s welcoming Pirlo to the...

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Google x The World Cup

Whether it's welcoming Pirlo to the Amazon, a bit of father's day football, or celebrating a rematch of the World Cup final, Google have created unique homepage animations for every match.

The Cost of the Cup, by PEZ Addressing the current emotions...

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The Cost of the Cup, by PEZ

Addressing the current emotions surrounding the World Cup in Brazil,the sketchbook of French artist PEZ captures the heart of the issues at hand.

Depicting the opinions of many Brazilians who consider the cost of the World Cup to be excessive, PEZ uses line, shape and an instantly recognizable figure to represent a typical favela buckling under the weight of geopolitical concerns and currency.

Bounce by Guillaume Blanchet Two years of travel. Two years of...

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Bounce byGuillaume Blanchet

Two years of travel. Two years of play. Filmmaker Guillaume Blanchet has journeyed across the world with a ball at his feet. Through sand, grass, concrete and snow, the ball always bounced back. And thankfully, Guillaume brought his camera along for the ride.

Eight by Eight Magazine x The World Cup While they won’t...

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Eight by Eight Magazine x The World Cup

While they won't be lifting any cups with 800 million people watching, Eight by Eight Magazine have gone all out to do the world's biggest sporting event justice in their new World Cup issue.

Louder than words: Brazilian graffiti clashes against the World...

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Louder than words: Brazilian graffiti clashes against the World Cup

While the protests that took place during last summer's Confederations Cup were overwhelming and affecting, recent news out of Brazil suggests that what we saw last year might have only been a precursor to a larger movement set to convene just as the World Cup looks to kick off in less than two weeks.

Street art to welcome the World Cup Brazil is dealing with...

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Street art to welcome the World Cup

Brazil is dealing with plenty of their own issues ahead of June 12, when Neymar and his countrymen will kick-off against Croatia. Brazilians are by no means solely focused on the World Cup with widespread protests taking place to address an extensive list of issues.

Playing on top of Rio de Janeiro With the World Cup only 3...

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Playing on top of Rio de Janeiro

With the World Cup only 3 weeks away, the idea here was to transport the average fan to the heart of the competition and kick around on top of Rio de Janeiro.

The artwork, known as anamorphic street art, marks the launch of the Coca-Cola's effort this summer to encourage everyone, everywhere to move more.

20 Years of Arsenal There was no better way to finish the...

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20 Years of Arsenal

There was no better way to finish the season. The trophy drought came to a close, and London turned red for a weekend that millions of Gooners will remember. Arsené lifted the cup once again, and the professor will carry on at the club that he's built in the 21st century.

Liverpool, It’s Always Been You  Regardless of how this...

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Liverpool, It's Always Been You

Regardless of how this season finishes, it's been one to remember for every single Liverpool supporter. To celebrate the past 9 months of Brendan Rodgers' side rising under the likes of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling, and Daniel Sturridge, artistRichard Swarbrick returns with a new piece for those who never walk alone.

The ball is rolling: Brasil 2014 animation by Kike Prieto The...

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The ball is rolling: Brasil 2014 animation by Kike Prieto

The World Cup is fast approaching, and with it, the potential for players to display their innovation and ingenuity on the pitch in view of the entire globe. That said, it also gives those outside the game the perfect opportunity to display their creative spark, like with this motion graphic created by Hermosillo-based designer, Kike Prieto.

Football heroes in all shapes and sizes. By Carlos...

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Football heroes in all shapes and sizes. By Carlos Rivaherrera

Shades of Joan Miro and surrealism meet Cazorla, Pep, Pirlo, Klopp, Iniesta and many other greats in Carlos Rivaherrera's wonderful vision of the game.

Design

The Brasil 2014 Collection by Wong Wong x Aloye Only 8 countries...

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The Brasil 2014 Collection by Wong Wong x Aloye

Only 8 countries have ever won the World Cup, a tournament that is about to turn 85 years old.Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Uruguay.

To celebrate the champions,AloyeandWong Wonghave teamed up to create a series of kits for this summer's upcoming World Cup.

The LPFC Project by James Taylor Every player has a different...

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The LPFC Project by James Taylor

Every player has a different style, and graphic designer James Taylor decided to draw up those styles in the context of music.

LP stands for Long Play (i.

The Rest

Kop Art

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So the folks over at Art of Football were kind enough to send me a couple of prints to review and I'm chuffed to pieces with what came through the post last week.
Everybody has one of those moments in football that they will never forget and for many a Liverpool fan from a certain era, that moment came on a May evening in 2005.

Non-League: Billericay Town Owner Glenn Tamplin Unveils Dressing Room Overhaul, Complete With Tasteful Lion-Themed Mural (Photo)

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Love him or loathe him, Glenn Tamplin is pouring an awful lot of money into Billericay Town as he continues in his quest to spend his way up into the Football League.

As well as hiring a battalion of ex-Premier League players on exorbitant wagesto play against blokes with 9-5 jobs, Tamplin is also in the process of completely redeveloping Billericay's New Lodge stadium, far beyond the demands of a team who currently play in the Bostik Premier League (seventh tier).

World Cup Sculpture

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The following photo is of me in front of the statue of the 1966 World Cup winners, Bobby Moore Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and Ray Wilson, when I recently went to the West Ham-Liverpool game in London.