It’s not even borderline. It’s a full blown obsession.
I love the fluidity of the game. When it’s played at the highest level, it’s like a beautifully choreographed dance. Every pass, every movement off the ball, every juke looks premeditated. But of course it isn’t. It’s all bubbling up from a natural rhythm embraced by the players & the fans alike. And right now, Barcelona FC are dancing like no one else.
Richard Swarbrick doesn’t an amazing job at capturing this in this piece from a new series of animations highlighting soccer matches. The above is taken from the 5-0 spanking Barca gave Madrid earlier this year in La Liga. Be sure to check out Man United take on Barcelona in the champions league final on May 28th.
In anticipation of one of the world’s most anticipated sporting events, all eyes are focused on the million dollar stadiums and years-of-development new soccer ball Jabulani of the 2010 World Cup. But being possibly the most popular sport on Earth, while also being one of the simplest (one ball, two goals, and a handful of players), soccer is played on every level from the elite World Cup all the way down to back-alley pickup games. In the documentary Pelada, two former collegiate soccer players, unready to be done with the game, seek out the common denominator between prisoners in Bolivia, moonshine distillers in Kenya, construction workers in South Africa, and futbol enthusiasts all over the world – the pickup game. Pelada premiered last April at Durham’s Full Frame Documentary Festival, and continues to be shown across the country. I saw some earlier cuts of the movie, but haven’t been able to catch the final version – hopefully they’ll head back to the Triangle soon!
Also, don’t forget to enter our World Cup Pool before kickoff on Friday – details here.
Here at OK Great Worldwide Headquarters (ie. each of our individual living rooms), we’re all getting psyched about the World Cup – donning our favorite country’s facepaint and tuning our vuvuzelas. We’ve put together an ESPN group bracket challenge – kind of like the college basketball tournament challenge, but times a billion.
You can join our bracket here – just make sure you fill it out and submit before Friday’s kickoff. Also, when you’re picking teams, the order that you select each team out of the group round determines where they are seeded for the round of 16.
Winner will enjoy epic glory, immortal fame, and four straight years of bragging rights.