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Maradona vs England: An animation made from magazines and newspapers

Our good friend Richard Swarbrick is at it again. This time he’s not only created a new Maradona-centric animation made from football magazines and sports newspapers, but he’s also brought a project with him. It’s called Fantasista, a site dedicated to art and the beautiful game.

Fantasista (the playmaker)1. (n) A symbol of creativity and invention, of imagination and entertainment, of artistry and magic

Richard is behind Fantasista, but our very own Senior Writer Amy Eustace (writings) is also one of the main contributors. Have a look, spread the word, and - of course - enjoy this beautiful animation focused on one of the most creative men ever to play the game. [Posted by Eric]

Watch this fantastic "rabona" pass from a young Swede for an assist at Sporting Braga

The rabona is one of the most skillful moves in soccer—and one of the least practical. Photographs do not do the move justice, because a player must contort his body into strange, clumsy positions in order to sweep the kicking foot behind the planting leg. Yet when you see an elegant rabona, you remember it forever.

As a kid, I was first told that Diego Maradona had invented the move, but apparently it was used by players such as Pelé and was first documented in the 1940s. Maradona’s rabona (and I’ve never seen it) must have looked something like this gem from Swede Nicklas Barkroth for Sporting Braga. via @amadeus_ebay

Bandeira soccer cartoon of the week: Diego Maradona
Soccer writers claim that Diego Maradona was the only player who single-handedly won his country a World Cup trophy. For a decade, the short, stocky Argentine sliced through opposing defenses with incredible strength and close control. Off the field, he became embroiled in drugs scandals, underwent gastric bypass surgery, and hosted a tango show before coaching Argentina to a World Cup quarterfinal in 2010. Was Diego the best player of all time?

Bandeira soccer cartoon of the week: Diego Maradona

Soccer writers claim that Diego Maradona was the only player who single-handedly won his country a World Cup trophy. For a decade, the short, stocky Argentine sliced through opposing defenses with incredible strength and close control. Off the field, he became embroiled in drugs scandals, underwent gastric bypass surgery, and hosted a tango show before coaching Argentina to a World Cup quarterfinal in 2010. Was Diego the best player of all time?