With this summer's football set to draw to a dramatic close on Sunday, we thought it'd be a good time to bring out our irregular look at some of the finest things the internet has been saying about the world of football. With a major tournament taking place, it's understandable that every man and his dog has been having his say about the action, but amidst all the dull predictions and asinine analysis, there has been plenty of cool creative stuff going on.
The artistically minded have certainly been inspired by events in Poland and Ukraine, with plenty of sharp designs inspired by the football action appearing online. The image above has been created by graphic designer David Watson, who has created a different design for every moment of the tournament, using the same circular motifs throughout, which gives the whole project a great sense of togetherness. You can check out the whole of David's designs from throughout the tournament on his special Tumblr page.
Circles must be the thing for designers this summer, as there's another great blog inspired by each and every game of the tournament, designed specifically for smart phone screen savers. The designs over at Accept & Proceed capture all the action from a game in a single graphic, which you can then use to brighten up your mobile. They're that good, you might want to keep one on there long after the tournament is over.
The retro-fetishists over at Got Not Got might come from a completely different approach to such crafted designs, but in their own way their just as artful. They certainly have a way with predictions anyway - check out their novel approach to last night's semi-final for instance, in which they compared German and Italian sticker book portraits from the 1970s and declared an Italian victory. Could this be the new Paul The Octopus?
Away from the big tournament, there's plenty of other moments of footballing gold around the web, and most of it can be found at the tremendous 500 Reasons To Love Football blog. Some of the latest classics they've managed to unearth include the moment someone decided it was a good idea to take Gazza to a zoo with a TV crew, and a beautiful moment when a flash throw in goes wrong. In fact, you can probably waste an afternoon trawling through their site, but it does raise one big question - what are they going to do when they reach 500?
Finally this week in a very visual round up, we wanted to give a nod to the National Football Museum and what we think will be one of the best parts of the new venue when it opens next week. The Homes Of Football is a terrific collection of pictures captured by Stuart Roy Clarke capturing the essence of football in this country, and it'll be housed in the NFM from now on. This great video gives an insight into how Stuart works, and also captures the atmosphere of football matches perfectly. Enjoy!