Craig Oldham's take on the "the incredible wit, community, and creativity of the terraces," says Dan Byrne of Spiel Magazine who with Jon Hannan of the Manchester School of Art curated the Commentary Project. It is based on "the memory of a home-made banner seen at the M1 junction in Barnsley on May 29th 2000, the day The Reds went to Wembley for the First Division Play-off Final against Ipswich. Premier League glory awaited us... if we hadn't we lost 4-2."
Can you guess the link between all these goals? Rick Banks and Dan Greene created a "what-if typographic" commemorating all the dodgy goal-line decisions prior to the introduction of goal-line technology.
"In memory of Helenio Herrera, high priest of Catenaccio." Fernando Gutiérrez's flag celebrates Helenio Herrera, the inventor of the Italian system of defence Catenaccio. While his football style was conservative, Herrera was probably the first superstar manager. Fernando is a Chelsea fan and celebrates Herrera as almost the prototype for the Mourinho style of charismatic management."
"This flag from Bruno Porto is a parody of the 1959 Elvis Presley album cover 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong," says Byrne. Bruno supports Brazilian club Botafogo. One of the club's legends is that a survey in China had shown the team to have 618,083,000 fans due to the large numbers of Botafogo players in popular Brazilian national sides in the years before China closed itself off in the mid-60s. "It shows club folklore is represented by fans and sums up the irreverent mixing of football and pop culture that you often see on the stands," says Bryne.
"Collecting football stickers is one of those obsessive things that young football fans do and which I think everyone has a memory of," says Byrne. Hannan's flag shows the schoolyard vernacular that exists around collecting.
Design studio's Hort's flag is one of a series of three and looks at the slogans of UNICEF and the Qatar Foundation. "The Champions League final is probably the most 'owned' day in the footballing calendar and there is something absurd about the cacophony of competing corporate messages," says Byrne.
Hey Studios are an illustration agency based in Barcelona and here they have abstracted the positions of players and the marking on the pitch to create a flag that is in keeping with the geometric style of their work."