Colors No.90: Football

The most beautiful game on earth

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Thirty-two teams. One golden trophy. In summer 2014, an elite selection of extraordinary footballers finally comes together to play the most beautiful game on earth in COLORS #90—Football. In this issue, a mechanical striker winds up to score at the 2014 RoboCup, a Saudi goalie dives for the save on a top secret pitch for women, and players from the streets of Sao Paulo to the fields of Dharamsala break out their bicycle kicks. For the 226 million footballers who play on streets, at school, at work, in jail and everywhere other than under the spotlight, COLORS presents the world’s most popular game as FIFA has never dared show it. Stickers included.

COLORS’ starting lineup also stars indigenous-only teams from the Amazon forest and Andean heights, a Danish squad of elderly gentlemen, the Czech Republic’s blind Avoy MU club, a team of South African lesbians taking the field to fight homophobia, Tanzania’s Albinos United playing against persecution, Italian priests, Egyptian ultras, and a group of match-fixing imposters from Togo. Each team appears with its own stats, flags, footnotes and crests.

Creative Direction: Patrick Waterhouse
Art Direction: Ramon Pezzarini
Associate Art Direction: Christoph Miler
Illustration: Fanqiao Wang