Football, COLORS style

Given that it publishes a few days before the World Cup, making football the subject of the latest issue of COLORS perhaps comes as no surprise. But with typical flair, the magazine has taken a wonderfully alternative look at the game which looks far beyond the world of FIFA

Portraits of various UK amateur footballers by Alan Powdrill. John Brennan of Hackney Martians comes as a sticker

Given that it publishes a few days before the World Cup, making football the subject of the latest issue of COLORS perhaps comes as no surprise. But with typical flair, the magazine has taken a wonderfully alternative look at the game which looks far beyond the world of FIFA…

Issue #90 Football is a celebration of the world’s most popular game, COLORS style. The World Cup doesn’t even get a mention; instead the editorial focuses on the 226m players who use parks, schools, streets, workplaces, even prisons, to play the game – and the different kinds of teams, from amputees to revolutionaries, that take part.

The issue is structured around 32 individual teams (the only nod to the forthcoming tournament), and includes profiles of a blind football team in the Czech Republic and a women’s five-aside from Saudi Arabia; to teams formed by west Africans in a Spanish detention centre, to a cell-based series of squads within a Brazilian penitentiary.

There’s a longer feature on the Chinese Evergrande Academy, the world’s biggest football school, while a series of fantastic four-metre puppets of footballing icons (which form part of the Recife carnival procession in Brazil), are also photographed by Nicolò Lanfranchi.

An accompanying sticker pack features the issue’s cover star, a player from the Zapatista Army of National Liberation Football Team in Chiapas, Mexico (see below), and contains nine stickers to apply throughout the issue.

A few spreads are shown below, but for more information and to purchase a copy visit colorsmagazine.com.

Beaumont FC, London from the Sunday Amateur Football opening feature

Italian football commentator Tiziano Crudeli on TV show Diretta Stadio. The show does not have the rights to broadcast games so instead just shows Crudeli’s live reactions

Jan Mrázek of Avoy MU Brno, a blind football team in Brno, Czech Republic

Students aged 9-13 in front of Evergrande Academy, Guangzhou, China

Spread from the feature on Evergrande

How to Spot a Champion, featuring Huang Kai Kui, aged 9, a student at the Evergrande Academy

The Chiba Institute of Technology’s ‘humanoid football squad’, Chiba, Japan

Every year during carnival giant puppets of footballing icons – such as Mario Balotelli, above left – bob through Recife, Brazil

Cell 13 (left) and guards of Geraldo Beltrao Penitentiary, Joao Pessoa, Brazil

Cell 13 players warming up inside their cell

The edition also comes with with a pack of nine stickers which can be applied throughout the issue. See colorsmagazine.com.

Editor-in-chief: Patrick Waterhouse. Creative Consultant: James Mollison. Executive editor: Cosimo Bizzarri. Art director: Ramon Pez. Associate art director: Christoph Miler. Editor: Caitlin Hu. Staff writers: Luiz Romero, Sarah Souli. Illustrators: Fanqiao Wang, Patrick Waterhouse. Icon illustrator: Oscar Grønner. Photo editor: Mauro Bedoni. Consultant photo editor: Laia Abril. Graphic designer: Matt Tucker.

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