Thanks to AD Ben Shmulevitch!
This week on The Economist, two illustrations about football: what countries should do if they want to win the World Cup, with an emphasis on the creativity of children's street games and on the global network of footballing.
Thanks to AD Ben Shmulevitch!
2014 World Cup ended with the victory of Germany, which defeated 1-0 Argentina in the final after extra time and took its fourth title. The only goal has been scored by Mario Götze, who collected André Schürrle's cross from the left on his chest before volleying a high left-footed shot into the net.
I really enjoyed doing this series of illustrations about FIFA World Cup. These have been featured in several blogs, magazines and special projects such as World Cup Legends and EDITION29, magazine for the Apple iPad / Tablets. It is always a pleasure when a personal project made for fun interests so many people from different countries.
See you in 2018!
The last FIFA World Cup edition took place in South Africa. In the final, Spain defeated third-time finalists the Netherlands 1–0 after extra time, with Andrés Iniesta's goal. Spain claimed their first world title and confirmed theirself as one of the strongest team ever, winning also two consecutives European championship in 2008 and 2012.
It has been a real pleasure illustrating these football moments. The next edition held in Brasil is coming this summer and I can't wait to do some drawings about it!
Italy won the 18th FIFA World Cup tournament, held in Germany, claiming their fourth title. They defeated France 5–3 in a penalty shootout in the final, after extra time had finished in a 1–1 draw. Maybe Marco Materazzi could be considered the man of the match: he levelled the scores following a corner, caused a controversial red card for Zinedine Zidane near the end of extra time, and scored one of the decisive penalties.
The 2002 World Cup was the first to be held in Asia, and was hosted jointly by South Korea and Japan. Brazil won the tournament for a record fifth time, beating Germany 2–0 in the final. The first goal, here illustrated, occurred when Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn failed to deal with a long-range shot from Rivaldo, spilling the ball directly into Ronaldo's path.
The 16th FIFA World Cup was held in France. Hosts won their first title beating Brasil 3-0 in the final with two goals from Zinedine Zidane, both headers. Zidane won the duel agaist his opponent Ronaldo and started being considered as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
The 15th staging of the FIFA World Cup was held in the United States, and it was the first World Cup final to be decided on penalties. Brazil beat Italy 3–2 in a penalty shootout after the game ended 0–0 after extra-time. Romario was voted the most outstanding player of the tournament.
The 1990 World Cup, held in Italy, is widely regarded as one of the poorest World Cups ever, generating a record low goals-per-game. West Germany beat Argentina 1–0, with a late penalty kick taken by Andreas Brehme being the game's only goal.
Diego Armando Maradona was the uncontested protagonist of the 13th FIFA World Cup, held in Mexico. In the final, although he was heavily marked the entire game, a superb pass to Jorge Burruchaga allowed Argentina to regain the lead at 3–2 against West Germany.
The 1982 FIFA World Cup was held in Spain and was won by Italy, after defeating West Germany 3–1 in the final. Paolo Rossi, the tournament's top goalscorer, won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player, but the most hard and significant goal of the final match was Marco Tardelli's, who scored from the edge of the area.
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