The title of Taschen’s recently released celebration of all things soccer 1970s is somewhat misleading.
Regular readers of When Saturday Comes will already be familiar with the writing of Ian Plenderleith. His newest work, Rock 'N' Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League, is right up the IBWM Fussballstrasse. We've been lucky enough to have an early look.
Rock 'N' Roll Soccer is essential reading for enthusiasts of the American game, a group of which we certainly count ourselves a part. Plenderleith hasn't written a chronology of the NASL but the story of the NASL, making his book a fascinating, enlightening and entertaining volume that eschews needless league business details and boardroom minutiae in order to focus on what really made it tick.
In that sense, the book shares the characteristics of its subject. Where the English game had become bogged down by negative football and an obsession with results, the NASL emerged as a league that was focused on entertainment, and, if Plenderleith's many interviews are anything to go by, a real joy to play in. Under the guidance of Phil Woosnam it became a league famous for glamour, celebrity and innovations that frequently got up FIFA's nose - some better conceived than others.
The league was also fundamentally and eventually fatally flawed, and proved to be fertile ground for storytellers, those fans and observers with an eye for a gripping yarn. Rock 'N' Roll Soccer is a compelling yomp through the tales that really made the NASL unique, from the 35-yard-line shootout tiebreaker to the Minnesota Kicks' legendary tailgates. There's been nothing like the NASL since, and Plenderleith captures it very well indeed.
Rock 'N' Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League by Ian Plenderleith is published by Icon Books.
Is it too late? probably, and we're exceptionally late to the party however these images, by illustrator Davide Bonazzi, depicting significant moments in World Cup finals are a joy to behold.
It's niche, very different and maybe only scans if you work in the advertising industry.
I've always been interested in football kit design, and I've always made an effort to come up with my own stuff; I don't want to be one of those who makes hollow claims that they could do better.
Federico is a storyboard artist/illustrator based in Buenos Aires who has provided some wonderful content for several outlets.
There are several World Cup magazines and special editions out there and having waded through most, we can confirm that Mundial sits at the very top of the pile.
Beautifully designed artwork (including a piece by Michael Atkinson, artist of our portraits for last year's 100), stunning photography (the World Cup gallery from Mark Leech is outstanding) and some excellent articles (Paul Charnock's Espana'82 odyssey one of our favourites), fingers crossed we can convince them to carry this on long after the World Cup is done.
PSV's Memphis Depay was confirmed in Louis van Gaal's Netherlands squad for the World Cup earlier today, and is part of this year's The 100. In this two-parter by adidas Football in partnership with Copa90, Depay and the people around him tell the story of a remarkable young player from his childhood in Moordrecht to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Adidas have unveiled the Brazuca Final Rio, the official match ball of the forthcoming World Cup final. We have to say that while we still all dream of the Tango when we go to sleep at night, this iteration of the Brazuca is definitely a looker.
The World Cup is a massive global event that grips the entire planet every four years.
With just 100 pairs in existence the Puma King by Alexander McQueen has been produced in two extremely limited edition styles.