Football (Soccer) Minimalism

england 4 germany 2 1966
england 4 germany 2 1966

Minimalist football art. I originally created art based on stats in the game such as shots, corners, fouls etc. Although interesting, they just looked a little too busy. On its most basic level the only statistic that matters is who scores the most goals. The final artworks are simple and aesthetically considered adaptations of some fantastic games of football(it’s football – not soccer).

(above) On home turf this World Cup final had everything, global rivalry, controversial decisions, six goals…. and most importantly a win for the better side. In front of a packed Wembley 98,000 people witnessed England lifting the trophy after 2 goals in extra time to make it 4-2.

Unfortunately, Germany are now a much better side than England and they have got their own back in too many major tournaments for me to mention.

germany 3 italy 4 1970
Germany 3 Italy 4 1970

The 1970 semi final between Italy and West Germany in the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City is known as the ‘Game of the Century’. Italy led from the 8th minute only for Germany to score on the 90th minute to take it into extra time (so far, so normal). Two exhausted sides battled it out for the remaining 30 minutes scoring 5 goals between them. Final score West Germany 3 – Italy 4.

liverpool 3 milan 3 2005
liverpool 3 milan 3 2005

A great night for Liverpool as they lifted the 2005 Champions League Trophy. Milan were favourites before the match and looked like they were going to coast it after taking the lead in the first minute. Two more milan goals and it was all but done as they went into the half time break 3 goals the better. Liverpool made changes to their formation and in an amazing six minute spell score 3 goals to make it level at 3 – 3. It remained a deadlock till after extra time. Liverpool then went on to win 3-2 on penalties.

liverpool 4 newcastle 3 1996
liverpool 4 newcastle 3 1996

Probably the greatest game ever in the English Premiership. (despite my team getting beat). It was the typically cavalier attitude under Kevin Keagan that made this so special. An open, attacking game from both teams led to 7 goals, the winner deep into stoppage time. The 4-3 scoreline was repeated the following year, again with a late winning goal for the reds.

munich 1 man utd 2 1999
munich 1 man utd 2 1999

Munich should have had this match wrapped up. They were completely in control and they knew it. The German side got cocky and started to showboat a little too much. A loss in concentration and 2 very late goals and the team from Manchester won the game and the cup.

newcastle 5 sunderland 1
newcastle 5 sunderland 1

Finally, one of the greatest games i was privileged enough to attend. Newcastle United thrashing our local rivals Sunderland 5 goals to 1. A great result and a fantastic day.

Art created by Alex Patterson. Any questions or if you’d like to order a print of any of my work, please get in touch.

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