We’ve been in Milan, Italy, for a few days where we made time to join the crowd of thousands at Piazza Castello to watch the Italy v Costa Rica World Cup football ( soccer ) match on a big outdoor television screen. Pictured below, an Italian TV journalist does a live report from the scene. Sadly for supporters of the azzuri, Italia lost the match, but that didn’t stop the crowd from enjoying the party atmosphere.
In the late 1970s, the artist and pop-art superstar Andy Warhol created a series of iconic famous celebrity silkscreen portraits, including this rarely seen painting of Brazilian soccer legend Pele. This Warhol artwork is currently on view at LACMA in Los Angeles as part of an exhibition called the “Futbol: The Beautiful Game”
America’s premier professional soccer league, Major League Soccer (or “the MLS”) started its 2013 season this month. Billboard ads and wild-posting ads for New York’s team, the Red Bulls, have been appearing throughout the city promoting the club’s stars and schedule, as pictured below. As many readers of Global Graphica know, we’re big “football” or soccer fans here, though mostly of the European teams and leagues, especially the Champions League and English Premier League. By comparison, the caliber of MLS soccer is of a lower standard that what you see in Europe and we don’t follow the MLS. But we’ve been to a few Red Bulls matches at their shiny, sparkly and well-organized stadium, the Red Bulls Arena across the Hudson River from Manhattan in Harrison, New Jersey, and we’ve always had a superb, rollicking good time. Not too mention we’ve had the chance to see International French soccer legend Thierry Henry play every time. He joined the club in 2010. That alone has been worth the price of admission.