The game of Football started as I have read in 4,500 years before the modern period. Nonetheless, I will referring to the modern era’s of the game. The period when it became codified. England is where the game became developed codified in 1863. It is said that the English did it to unified Public School and University games. England has one of the oldest football club in the world dating as 1857 and the world oldest Leaque, which is the FA Cup, founded in 1871.
Every year we over here in europe, on the other side of the atlantic ocean, read about players from south america coming to big and small clubs. Some comes to Sweden and some go to England, France, Italy, England and so forth.
But why dont we read about players going the other direction. Why dont I read about players from let say Sweden and other european countries going to play for teams in let say Brasil, Argentina and so. For clubs such as River Plate and Corinthians etcetera.
I am in illustrator, graphic designer and artist and as such I have always been interested in other countries and cultures art, design, illustration and history to just mention a few examples. Sweden have always had a love for football from Brasil. It started with Péle and continue with the young players of today. Just imagine if swedish players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, John Guidetti had played for teams in Brasil. Or Pirlo from Italy. but of course it doesnt have to be such high flying players like Ibrahimovic, Etó and Pirlo.
No offense to Russian football, but it would be so much more passion for football to read that Samuel Etó played for a team in Brasil or Argentina than in Russia. I know, the money is somewhere else, but the passion meeting a player like Etó like it was when he played in Spain and Italy – I think we can all agree the passion for football can be found not only in europe but in south america as well where football is almost like religion.
It would be interesting to hear what clubs and media in Argentina and Brasil think about it.
Illustrator, graphic designer and artist