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Ever the fan of the work done by stateside legends and fellow appreciators of design, World F.C. it gives me great pleasure to help showcase the ‘Americana Collection’ – celebrating the kick off of the fresh MLS season, this 8 piece collection is made up of a smart range of designs.

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You can see the full range here.

Complimenting the 8 designs is another number, released in collaboration with our bros over at 8by8.

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Mighty fine, damn awesoming, awesomeness.

See the full collection here.

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A million stories to be told and countless people doing them. That’s one of the greatest things about football in my opinion. Clubs, players, fans and staff – all have countless stories and memories – fresh ones created each week.

Documenting these, and in brilliant fashion too, is something that many are doing. Today’s emphasis is on Nottingham Forest – a club of clout – winners at the highest level.

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This is the clubs matchday programme. It’s packed with a variety of content and presented in well balanced fashion, the delivery is of high quality and rich in value.

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Championing art, the club take a genuine interest in the art of the game. As you can see in these we share the appreciation and they have collaborated with many artists and designer who we have championed too – simply awesome!

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Like-minded appreciators, the club clearly are. Brilliant photography, a smart layout and overall attention to detail clearly goes into their design work. It’s a big year for the club as they look to celebrate their 150th anniversary which I’m sure will be celebrated in a similarly well crafted way.

This is how they are presenting their 2015/16 season ticket campaign.

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Thanks goes out to one like-minded gent and appreciator of the creative side of the game – Eric Beard for introducing Kendall and myself.

Kendall is a designer based out in the US who was fortunate enough to work with Nike, producing a series of Newspaper headline inspired prints that were used as part of the back drop for a Nike product shoot.

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Showcasing the limited edition Neymar JR Golden Hypervenom that he wore in the latter stages of the World Cup, each print uses elements of the Brazilian national team – charting the career path that Neymar has been on.

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Beautifully done, I’ve got so much time for these. If the boots were not beautiful enough, then the associating art work tips it to another level. See more of Kendall’s work here.

We’ve been fortunate enough to feature the work of Steve Welsh on a few occasions. Arguably, he is one of the biggest and best names in the creative world of football. Striking up a client list that includes the BBC and adidas to name a couple.

Notably, his work for the BBC for the 2014 World Cup coverage, that was nothing short of incredible. You can see heaps of his delights, here.

On this occasion though, we’re celebrating the completion of his A-Z series of football. Illustrating and designing some of the biggest names to have graced the game, it is the perfect coming together of football and it’s creative offerings.

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You can see them all and buy them in beautiful print form, heree.

Can’t shout about this enough. Utterly tremendous.

He’s been a much talked after, wonderkid and is now Real Madrid player – Martin Ødegaard has jumped to the fore as Nike launches its first ever home and away kits for the Norwegian National Football Team – equipped with a unique national crest that celebrates national pride, both are tasty additions to the international scene.

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Honoring Norway’s footballing heritage while incorporating the latest in technical innovation for maximum performance – The Norwegian side will debut their new away kit on-pitch against Croatia on March 28.

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The new Norway kits are designed with the athlete in mind, offering zero distractions from elite performance. They feature a new, specially designed national crest symbolizing the team’s distinctive ability to rally the collective spirit of the country.

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The home shirt is in Norway’s traditional red, with a gradient dark blue sash on the front panel. The full home kit includes white shorts and blue socks to create a timeless, crisp look.

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“The kits feel great, look modern and yet are very classic designs,” said Martin Ødegaard, Norway’s youngest-ever senior international. “I wear Norway’s colors with great pride and I look forward to getting onto the pitch in the new kits.”

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The away kit is white with a V-neck collar, and the lightweight fabric features a subtle checkered pattern. The white away shorts and socks complete the kit’s clean aesthetic.

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Nike Dri-FIT technology and engineered mesh material construction help players stay dry and cool on the pitch, increasing breathability and air flow where athletes need it most to help them perform at the highest level.

“The new Norwegian national team kits combine Nike’s design and innovation expertise and our ambition for football in this country,” said Kjetil Siem, Football Association of Norway General Secretary. “This is the first kit that carries the new crest that represents pride, solidarity and strength – common values we share as a football family and as a nation as we look to the future.”

The new Norway home and away kits are available in stores from March 21.

Regularly one to appreciate a good campaign and the delivery of the creative, one jumped out at me as championing its creative elements most recently and it’d be plain wrong not to share it.

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AKQA – an agency of serious clout. You don’t have to look hard to find a piece of brilliant work that has origins of this innovative company.

Equally, NIVEA MEN has had a close relationship to the football community. Liverpool’s official grooming partner after all.

These heavyweight brands teamed up recently, bringing together a group of players from the proud history of Liverpool; John Barnes, Ian Rush, Jason McAteer, Michael Thomas and David Fairclough to form a Liverpool FC Legends team, led by manager Roy Evans.

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And so AKQA and NIVEA MEN have kicked off a search for a 5-a-side team worthy of going the distance with these legends.

The winning team get an all-expenses paid trip to Liverpool to meet the legends and receive training tips before playing a five-a-side match against their heroes.

So that’s the background – You can get involved here.

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The stand out of the campaign has to be the illustration – it’s utterly beautiful. A perfect way to blend the product, players and the overall campaign. A fine art delivery and precise execution.

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Harry Kane gets his first call up and England announce their squads to play v Lithuania and Italy in upcoming fixtures.

Great to see how The FA and England are pitching the ties – nice bit of artwork to boot!



Here’s the full squad:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

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